Ant

 

Recipe

HOOK: 1X fine wire, standard shank, turned-down eye; e.g., TMC 100 or equivalent; sizes 12-20

THREAD: Black

ABDOMEN: Black antron for thick part; thread for thin parts.

WING: Tan Z-lon

HACKLE: Brown furnace

THORAX: Black antron to match abdomen

 

Uses

Ants--especially flying ants--are often blown out of pine trees and onto rivers and lakes, where they become trout food. Trout take ants far more often than most anglers believe. You should always have some ant patterns in your fly box.

 

Variations

Sizes 12 and 14 are most useful. Brown or rust-brown body colors are also effective colors. Some tyers prefer the hackle in the center of the abdomen. You could use hen hackle tips for the wing.

The Parachute Ant is also productive.

 

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

Not all ants have wings, so if you think the fish are taking non-flying ants, just clip off the wing and you'll have a match. On quiet water, you might want to trim the hackle from the underside so the fly rides lower.

 

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