I’ve done a lot of tightlining this season, and I love fishing my Thomas & Thomas and Syndicate specialty rods. I avoid indicators as much as I can.
But, I really do love fishing small dries. It was a great coda to the recent Pittsburg, NH, trip (more here). There was just something “right” about throwing small dries to wild fish on my #000 rod, and it was a lot of fun, too.
So, I’m taking a look at the fly boxes and realizing I need some of that ol’ classic, the Griffith’s Gnat. One of the Trout Unlimited founders invented it (more here), which I think is pretty cool.
I’ll fish the fly with my #4 rod and 6x tippet. I will work on improving my read of currents in order to achieve good drifts. I’m fine risking The Skunk, as I’ve caught plenty of fish this spring and summer.
That’s a great part about fly fishing: There are many techniques, and you get to decide how you want to balance quality vs. quantity. I bounce between the two, depending on conditions and my own mood. Sometimes, I bring multiple rods with me to the rivers. I then decide during the drive what I’m going to fish.
I’ve not done well with the Griffith’s Gnat. I know many anglers swear by it, but, unless the sun’s angle is right, I have a hard time seeing the fly and any potential takes. And, pairing it with a larger dry just doesn’t seem right to me.
So, I’m tying a size 24 “hi-viz” version:
Wish me luck!
How do you folks deal with trying to see small dries?