Ants are everywhere, especially in the summer, when the winged ants are flying around. Fish love to eat them, so it’s logical to have some ants in your fly box. This is an easy to tie pattern and with a little bit floatant, it swims very well. I tied here a version with some foam as underbody, coated with uv resin. It’s for the faster flowing water. I tie another version with the two segments completly made with uv resin without any foam. The secound version sits deeper in the surface film, which looks more natural in slow water, where the fish got more time to take a closer look. The shape of the hook is not so important, as long as the hook gap is big enough.
Hook: Dry fly hook # 12-16
Body: Foam coated wit Bug Bond UV Resin and colored with a black Marker Pen
Hackle: Whiting black
Wings: Flash Dubbing
Tie in the foam and fold it to the front and tie it down.
Do the same for the front segment and color it with a marker pen.
Take some Bug Bond Original and cover both segments with the resin and harden it with your BB torch.
Take some strands of flash dubbing and tie it in just before the first segment. It should be tied in V-shaped, so it looks like wings.
Tie in a black hackle and wind it in three turns to the front and catch it with your thread and do a whip finish.
The result. A nice little ant fly ready for the fish.
I posted this pattern some weeks ago on my blog and on Facebook and I was asked, if I could do a step by step tutorial about it. So, here it is. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Hook: Maruto C47 BL # 12
Weight: Tungsten Bead Black Nickel
Body: Thread-Underbody, olive marker pen, Flashabou, Polish Quills green
Resin: Bug Bond Lite
Dubbing: SLF light olive and cinnamon
Wings: Flashabou Mirage colored with a brown marker pen
Wing Case: Pheasant
Put the hook with the tungsten bead in the vise.
Form the unterbody with your thread and tie in the Flashabou and Polish Quill.
Color the underbody with an olive marker pen and wind the Flashabou and then the Polish Quill around the body and secure it with your tying thread.
Put some Bug Bond Lite on the body and cure the resin with your Bug Bond torch. Then, tie in some strands from a pheasant tail feather as shown.
Dub some SLF light olive on the fly and tie in the brown colored Flashabou Mirage. Cut the Mirage like shown on the photo.
Dub the rest with SLF in cinnamon till you reach the tungsten bead.
Cut a “V” out of a partridge feather and tie in the fibres of the partridge as legs. Then fold the pheasant strands to the front to create the wing case and catch it with your tying thread. Put a drop of Bug Bond Lite on the wing case incl. the thread with which you catch the pheasant. Cure the Bug Bond Lite with your Bug Bond torch and cut the thread. You’re done! The Bug Bond Lite makes it super strong! You don’t need to do whip finish!
That’s it! Now grab your fly rod and catch some nice trout or grayling or whatever you like to catch with nymphs and pupas!