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51 minutes ago, DFoster said:

found this little gem from 1676

Looks like Charles Cotton ripped off the Griffith's Gnat.

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3 hours ago, Sandan said:

Totally cool. Looks like it'll still be "a killing fly"

I can't imagine it not catching fish depending on the day.  It certainly looks buggy-  I believe the original was meant to be a dry fly but I think I'll fish it in the surface film down to a few inches, soft hackle or emerger style.

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22 minutes ago, DFoster said:

I can't imagine it not catching fish depending on the day.  It certainly looks buggy-  I believe the original was meant to be a dry fly but I think I'll fish it in the surface film down to a few inches, soft hackle or emerger style.

Looks to me like any way you fish it will be effective. 

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3 hours ago, chugbug27 said:

Looks like Charles Cotton ripped off the Griffith's Gnat.

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Deja vu all over again. 

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10 hours ago, DFoster said:

CHARLES COTTON’S BLACK FLY

That looks great just as it is, but also lots of possibilities by changing colors up a bit.   

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19 hours ago, chugbug27 said:

Looks like Charles Cotton ripped off the Griffith's Gnat.

😉

Another classic that catches fish and is in my fly box.  I love the history behind these old flies, check this out.

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Gary Borger's favorite size for the Griffith's Gnat is a size 14 which surprised me since I thought a smaller size would be more effective.

Here's some that he gave me. I had him sign the box since I am keeping them intact.

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Michigan Body Madam X

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hook - WFC Model 6 #8
thread - Uni 6/0 black
underbody/tail - moose body hair
rib - tying thread 
body - deer hair
underwing - Congo Hair shiner tan
thorax - Ice Dub Hare’s Ear
wing/head - deer hair
legs - medium rubber black
indicator - 1mm foam orange

Regards,
Scott

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Berger's Deer Hair Hex - Designed by William Berger of Flatrock, Michigan in the mid 1950's to be fished during the hex hatch.  NOTE: The though the body has a crosshatched thread rib, the tail is separately wrapped so that the fly's length can be cut to adjust the fly's length.

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Hook - Mustad 94840, 10

Thread - black

Body - natural deer hair, tied parallel and extended front and back

Rib - black thread tied crisscross

Wings - extended deer hair body butts, tied spent

Hackle - flared deer hair

Tail - extended deer body hair, tied in segments with separate thread wraps

NOTE:  Though this fly is made up of only two bunches of deer hair it is NOT an easy tie!  It'll take a few tries to get the proportions right.

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Michigan Body Mayfly

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Not sure what stage of the lifecycle this represents; I’ll leave it for the fish to decide.

hook - WFC Model 3 #10
thread - Uni 6/0 black
underbody/tail - moose body hair
rib - tying thread 
body - deer hair
wing - Congo Hair shiner tan
thorax - Ice Dub Hare’s Ear
hackle - grizzly

Regards,
Scott

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22 hours ago, SilverCreek said:

Gary Borger's favorite size for the Griffith's Gnat is a size 14 which surprised me since I thought a smaller size would be more effective.

Here's some that he gave me. I had him sign the box since I am keeping them intact.

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Interesting Silver, In the Northeast the preferred size for most of us is a 18 -20 at least when imitating midges or midge clusters.  I'm told the bugs are bigger on western rivers so a 14 would make sense if the midges run that size?  Or maybe the fish are taking it a general attractor?  -It is buggy looking and in a 14 could represent a lot of different types of insects. 

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I was using smaller sizes also, 16s and 18s.

I suggest tying a couple in size 14 the next time you are tying Griffith's Gnats.

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