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Bigfly 05-23-2011 01:29 PM

Carpenter Ant-Winged
Fish then dry, or drown them. Bet you catch more fish subsurface though.....

Davec921 05-23-2011 05:10 PM

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

Bigfly 05-23-2011 05:54 PM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged
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.
Bon Apetite
Cool ant though....


mcnerney 05-23-2011 06:16 PM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged
Jim: Great looking pattern!


Bigfly 05-23-2011 06:21 PM

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!!!

HuronRiverDan 06-01-2011 08:58 AM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged
Nice looking simple ant...Elk hair or deer?


fredaevans 06-01-2011 08:06 PM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged
Fly can be very effective if the darned things are swarming; which is what they tend to do.

Bigfly 06-01-2011 09:51 PM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged
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.


MoscaPescador 06-02-2011 01:18 PM

Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

Originally Posted by Bigfly (Post 260384)
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.


Bigfly 06-03-2011 10:02 AM

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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