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Entomology Basic entomology for the fly fisher to help identify insects that one might encounter on the stream or in a stillwater.

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Old 05-23-2011, 01:29 PM
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Fish then dry, or drown them. Bet you catch more fish subsurface though.....
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Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

K now that you have shown us you have to post a step by step of how to tie that fly. it looks killer for bluegills
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Thought this might be the "new" spot for bug posting. Trying to start.
Certainly can remove...or do over. This was about photo transfer.
So far so good.
I tye, but not like a real tyer. Just guide stuff.
Notice I've not contributed fly tying before.
I'm a bug guy first last and always.
Step1. Tye in foam.
Step2. Tye in wing.
Glue, and fish.

Add leggs, parachute, hackle, or flash to taste.
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Cool ant though....

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Jim: Great looking pattern!

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Old 05-23-2011, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

Thanks Larry, the carmel hair is the key.
Forgot to mention, 1/8th" Rainey foam for normal big ant, 1/4" if you want Bigfly's ant sz6-8.. Scare them into biting!!!
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Nice looking simple ant...Elk hair or deer?

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Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

Fly can be very effective if the darned things are swarming; which is what they tend to do.
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Dan, deer hair.
Fred, you know...
Might take a week if it's hot.
Might take 3-4 if it's cool.
Haven't seen'em yet.
But I'm ready.....
Let's see some bugs guys.......

Further reflection.. it is a super easy fly, but getting the right tightness of thread around the rainey foam without cutting through, well....... some practice may be needed.
I like a heavier thread to cover more surface area, and not cut the foam like butta. Also, (sheesh) I head cement the foam for the shiney look.
In time, about 2 minutes per fly.

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Step1. Tye in foam.
Step2. Tye in wing.
Glue, and fish.
That is a fly that follows the KISS theory. And I'm not talking about Gene and his buddies.

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Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

Dennis, I'd skip the glue if I could.
Hey, lets see a bug post from you!
Ralph said he saw a big Rhythro hatch yesterday.
Lower elevations sound springish.


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