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Old 08-25-2011, 08:49 PM
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Dry for me.

Last weekend I fished them on Glacier Creek in rmnp. Worked well to bounce it off of a boulder. As soon as it hit the water a brookie was on it.

I had less luck floating them through the middle of the creek, but still got an occassional take. I didn't impart movement like I perhaps should have.

For me the challenge with ants is the black color. I always use one with a white wing to see it better.

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I've been fan of Harrison Steeves' TransparAnt. They are beautiful sunken ant patterns.

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I used to have spectacular fishing with ants when the carpenter ants would swarm and grow wings. Both in Maine and Arizona. I always fished them dry. In Maine I tied my own which looked nothing like ants unless you looked up at them against the sky, then the sparce hackle disappeared and they looked like ants.

The store bought ones sank so I didn't use them.

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I have floated ants successfully for many years, but have found a higher ratio of takes fishing them subsurface.
Same with hoppers.
In fact on the truckee, I don't dare to fish one sunken, unless it's on 4x at least..better to use 3x and a loop knot.
Otherwise bang-zoom, pinc! (Sound of leader breaking.)

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i like parachute ants so I can see them and I fish them like dry flies.
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As Paul says, bouncing an ant against a rock is a very effective way to fish that pattern here in CO. I even think that trouts might "hear" the bounce.

Also, the higher (elevation) the more successful that pattern seems to be here in CO.
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I use ants all my life and mostly dries ...but I dont take offense if they sink a bit
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I fish them dry, but the dubbing and hackle patterns ride pretty low in the surface film. I also tie some from foam which sit a touch higher. Sometimes I have a white antron wing or white CDC to make it more visible. Otherwise, I just look for a swirl in the general area I think my fly is.

Labor Day weekend I caught a nice 16 inch rainbow on a size 18 ant :-) Saw a small swirl, set the hook and found a nice surprise on the end of my line.
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