Parachute Ant

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.

There are many varieties of ant patterns, but I prefer this one and a hackled non-parachute version.

Variations

Sizes 12 and 14 are most useful. Brown or rust-brown are also effective colors.

How to Fish

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

 

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

THREAD: Black

WING: White calftail tied as post

BODY: Black dubbing (Antron, rabbit, Superfine, etc.)

HACKLE: Grizzly wrapped parachute-style around wing-post

HEAD: Dubbing to match body