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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Black Ant

YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog presents the easy summer time black ant pattern. This time of year when water is low and warm, these ants are prolific. Trout absolutely love them and will frequently take hard. Foam has made these patterns easy to tie and very durable frequently bringing multiple fish to the net. They float like a charm. Being black, I usually use a bright indicator so I can see the fly as it floats by.

#12 Hook length - approximately 3/4".

Round ends & cut linearly on underbelly.
Don't cut through or to ends. 

Coat entire hood with black thread &
bring back to center.
 

Tie on foam and secure at center.

Now add small foam indicator - any bright color.

Add black hackle at center

Wrap 4-5 times and tie off.

Finished fly looks appetizing.

Try putting them in tandem.
You will simply love this pattern. Go Idaho fly fishing and try it soon.

Hard takes, tight lines forever.

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