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    Default Carpenter Ant-Winged

    Fish then dry, or drown them. Bet you catch more fish subsurface though.....
    Last edited by Bigfly; 06-09-2011 at 02:44 PM.

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    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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    Default 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....

    Jim
    Last edited by Bigfly; 05-23-2011 at 06:17 PM.

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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

    Jim: Great looking pattern!

    Larry
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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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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

    Nice looking simple ant...Elk hair or deer?

    Dan

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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.
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

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    Default 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.

    Jim
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    Default Re: Carpenter Ant-Winged

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfly View Post
    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.

    Dennis

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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.


    Jim
    Last edited by Bigfly; 06-06-2011 at 10:13 AM.

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