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  1. #1
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    Default can it be simpler?

    Hi Y'all,

    one of the patterns that does catch the most fish is the good old Griffiths Gnat also Known as The Palmer, I call it the Quick Gnat. Maybe one of the oldest pattern on this planet, so it maybe doesn't even need a name. This is that Gnat hing and how I tie'm. Rather quick a method, hence the name.



    Tie in Peacock herl and Grizzly hackle.



    Make a rope out of the herl, the hackle and the thread by twisting it around itself clockwise (for right hand tiers winding "away" from their body that is)



    Than just wind the whole thing towards the hook eye. Don't worry it it looks a bit weird the first two wraps. It'll sort itself out.



    Seperate the rope when you've reached the eye.



    Make a whip finish and brake off the hackle and herl and continue whip-finishing your flies head.



    Done. Fish love'm.



    Cheers,

    Thomas
    Cheers & tight lines,
    Thomas

    may the trout be with you .....
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    Excellent Thomas. A great way of tying and shows you don't always need text book techniques to get text book results.
    Thank you.
    All done

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    I tie and fish that pattern a lot. Very good for midge feeding fish. I often snip off the downward pointing hackles so that it sits flatter on the water.

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    Last time I tried this on Stillwater I couldn't see the bloody thing as it was fading light!

    This pattern has a great reputation though and I'm confident that I'll do some damage on it soon ........
    Irish by birth, Munster by the grace of God.

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    I iked the Grayling picture at the end of the sequence - proof of the pudding and all of that.

    Good stuff.

    Thanks Thomas

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    It was my first self tied pattern to catch a fish with, its a great little fly and easy to tie. Very nicely tied T.Z.

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    Excellent method - well done
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    Quote Originally Posted by traprain
    I tie and fish that pattern a lot. Very good for midge feeding fish. I often snip off the downward pointing hackles so that it sits flatter on the water.
    Hi,

    yes you could do that too. There is a Swedish pattern called "superpuppa" where the hackle is clipped top and bottom. Why the top hackle is clipped too? I don't know. However, that thing is very effective as well. It sports a two color body and mostly a brown hackle.

    Cheers,
    Thomas
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    Quote Originally Posted by traprain
    I tie and fish that pattern a lot. Very good for midge feeding fish. I often snip off the downward pointing hackles so that it sits flatter on the water.
    Or, the "up pointing" hackle barbs if you want the hook point clear of the water.
    Vulgata (formerly fishgb - AKA Gary Bell) Dorchester, Dorset.

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    Very nice tie TZ. Which make/model of hook is that?

    Dougie

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