Cut a strip of foam, it in immediately against the abdomen, so it will stand up same way as the last one, but this time with the strip A body of fine dubbing and a collar of hackle around the mid section completes the fly. When it comes to Terrestrials, it is important that you have a number of these ant flies in you fly box. Cut the corners to make it easier to tie in. You can purchase Hi-Vis Soft Foam Ant Bodies by Wapsi. Ant patterns hold a special place in my fly box, especially throughout the summer. Flies that absolutely must float—think grasshoppers, big salmon flies and other terrestrial flies, like ants and beetles—got a big boost from the foam incursion into the fly-tying arena years ago. standing by the water. I’m confident the pattern was originally designed as a terrestrial/attractor pattern for trout, but many have discovered its effectiveness in warm water.& When dried, the bodies are formed by using a hollow punch – sizes 3/16, 1/4 Tie it down with a couple In the summer of 1990, Allan Woolley substituted rubber legs to give the fly more motion, and the rubber-legged version was an instant success on the river. The hollow punch set was purchased at Harbor Freight for less than  $10.00. They are loved by the fish when they drop into the water. This foam is another great option for floating dry fly patterns. millimetres to the hook eye. From the The Foam Ant (also known as the Skilton Quick Sight Ant), is a highly effective summer time ant pattern. Cut a narrow strip of pink Razor Foam, fold it in half, and place it on top of the base of the wing. The foam collapses and you might have Fold the strip over 5 Tie the strip of red foam (five segments in length) to the rear of the hook. foam strip, same width as last one or slightly narrower and Arrick’s Parachute Ant. The addition of the indicator makes it a much easier fly to see, and therefore fish well. side. like on a standard collar hackle, do it the kind of Another important terrestrial fly pattern for your fly box is Harrop’s CDC Ant. Oct 1, 2015 - Patterns using craft foam. Tie in a A staple for any summer fly box, ant patterns can be tied in a variety of colors with black, brown, and dark red being the most popular. Tie down the foam with a few tight turns and clip the excess flush. Tying a Black Foam Ant by William Ensiferum. Note that it hasn't been cut to a sharp point. Previously, I fished size 16 and smaller ant patterns. will have an exceptional boyancy and make a nice silhouette I use Trouthunter CDC from Rene Harrop’s fly shop located along the Henry’s Fork in Island Park, Idaho. 95.87% of them confirmed that they would readily eat a properly presented ant fly pattern. same place, trim the yarn to desired height and cement the Tie it down behind the foam and cut the waste. inbetween... to be able to easily find the hook eye when "criss-cross" way. Tie it in the to the fish. prepare the end in the same way. The last segment is excess; remove it from the fly. I laminate 10 black foam sheets and one white foam sheet. The Parachute Ant is among the most productive terrestrial dry-fly patterns you can carry. The black and white foam sheets can be purchased at any hoppy store or Walmart. The Bionic Ant has become my go-to terrestrial, and really, my go-to dry fly during non-hatch periods and often during major hatches! Another "the same way". While often tied with molded foam bodies, a great looking foam spider can be tied with sheet foam. Make a whip-finish at the Fly tying foam cutter tools were not part of the fly tying dictionary when we started tying flies in the 1960s. Of course, a good pattern to use when the flying ants swarm , but also try it when you don't see anything fly around. When dried, the bodies are formed by using a hollow punch – sizes 3/16, 1/4, Legs: Black hackle feather (trim top and bottom leaving only the side hackle barbs). with thread. Make a whip-finish at the same place, trim the yarn to desired height and cement the exposed thread under the fly. On the freestone mountain streams of Vermont, where I fish for native brook trout, this ant pattern is killer. shank with dubbing while tying this fly, but it won't make a See more ideas about fly tying patterns, fly tying, flying. Extremely boyant and very durable. Tie in the foam on the Tie it down to the same size Foam ant . Sure, the Bionic is basically an oversized sailor ant pattern with a few extra materials, but the biggest change for me regarding this pattern is its size. A thicker thread should be used to prevent cutting the foam while taking wraps. Bind it down with 4 or 5 tight wraps of tying thread. But when tied small and executed to perfection, like this size 20 by Matt Grobert, it’s one of the deadliest fly patterns ever devised. it down on the hook shank. Let me tell you, this fly has ALL the bells and whistles. 6 Lift the red foam, and wrap the thread part of the way up the hook. I have a picture of the punched body below next to a foam bee body. So for all of your foam fly tying needs, we’ve got you covered. This is why we still saved some space I have tied many ant patterns over the years but none as productive as the pattern I call the Pine Ant, which I’ll show you here. Terrestrials are all around us, in the fields and by the stream. Very easy and quick tie. Cut the waste and cover the pointing in the other direction. Here’s a photo and step-by-step tying instructions for tying my Pine Ant. Matt picks up a size 20 TMC 100 dry fly hook and secures it in his tying vise. Don’t be afraid to try this pattern using different colors of foam and legging materials. Ant Fly Foam is perfect for tying ant bodies that will keep your ant pattern on the surface drift after drift. Now fly tying foam cutters are practically everywhere. Now we have created a nice waist Shop ant fly foam on Orvis.com. The Micro Foam Ant (Rainy's Foam Ant Bodies) Simple and effective, Rainy’s Ant Bodies have made things easy. Whip-finish the thread in the crease between the head and the body. Make three tight turns with the whip-finisher and clip the thread. The other ant fly pattern I decided to tie was Galloup’s Ant Acid. You can of course cover the shank with dubbing while tying this fly, but it won't make a difference to the silhouette. 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