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Ants: They’re Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

Posted by on July 26, 2012

C'mon, Fall In The Water

Riddle:  What lives on land but prefers to be in the water?  Answer:  The Tenkara Ambassador.

As you may have surmised from previous posts, I fish terrestrial patterns a lot, e.g., the Beetle Kebari.  If a big, beefy beetle is the trout’s main course, surely an ant is dessert.  I find ant patterns effective year-round, except perhaps in the dead of winter.  The two ant patterns I generally use are the Flying Ant (dry) and the Hard-bodied Ant (wet).

This video demonstrates the tying of the Hard-bodied Ant, probably as easy a fly to tie as there is, and probably as effective as almost any nymph.  As ants come in a variety of sizes, this pattern can be tied in any size.  Generally I tie it on a standard nymph hook, sizes 16-20.  It’s great as part of a dry-and-dropper rig.  For variety, tie in a series of “stripes” on the black abdomen with yellow thread, and, viola’, it becomes a wasp pattern.

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