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Old 08-20-2011, 08:58 PM
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How does everyone fish ants? I got my first fish on an ant today (a nice 12" brown) but didn't realize I had it on until I was reeling my line in! It was floating a couple of inches below the surface and I never felt a tug. I finished reading an article in Flyfishing magazine that you could use the ant as a dropper beneath a hopper or use a yarn indicator. I probably should have read the entire article before today but it worked out this time. So what is the best way to fish the ant so you know where it is and know when a fish hits it?
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I make my floating ants of foam and rather than fish them "dead drift", I fish mine on a tight line
If you watch a natural ant on the water, it's always struggling, They don't sit there politely like a a mayfly. There's a series of concentric circles continuously emanating around them.
What I do is cast out, then take in the slack and "high stick" the rod. Then I'll either very slightly wiggle the rod tip, or if I have a really good drift with a tight line, I'll just bang my line hand on the butt of the rod at the reel seat to give the fly this natural action.
Try it some time.
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I'm surprised that there were no more responses to this
Here in the east, ants are just about a trout's favorite food. They'll past up a lone mayfly or a caddis every time to take an ant.
That's because they taste better. Good even without the chocolate.
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That's because they taste better. Good even without the chocolate.
I can believe that.

I often drown ants and other terrestrials except when I'm doing a hopper dropper setup.
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Justin says my rod and reel should be arriving some time next week. I'll be trying this out and I'll get back to you, Rip
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I don't know how to fish them, but I have bought a couple since I caught a rainbow that still had an ant in its mouth. I am interested on how people fish them as well.

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It seems I used to fish ants mainly dry or wet...no reason weighted with an indicator wouldnt work as well. Ants have got to be a major part of a trouts diet here in the NW. We have the large carpenter ants everywhere in the woods where timber lays rotting on the earths floor and suspended over rivers and creeks. If the ant just fell in and is floating and struggling, banged up and drowned and lifeless in the surface film, or churned under and dead drifting on the bottom you can bet a hungry trout will be eager to take it.

Think I will tie up some ants and head to the creek.

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Never had much luck with ants until this year. I've managed quite a few trout on them this year by dead drifting them or dropping them up against grassy banks. I give every fly a twitch or two before I switch runs or pools and have had the provoke some success as well.

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I've always fished "ants" dry.
Seems like the real ones can float a week. If you ever see a bunch together they seem to make little living ant rafts that float for awhile.
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I've always fished "ants" dry.
Me too... usually a parachute pattern. I did buy some size 18's to fish wet but haven't tried them yet.

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