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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Fishing with ant flies

    When fish are rising in a thick hatch or spinner fall, it is sometimes useful to mis-match the hatch with a floating ant (or hopper or beetle). All three benefit from some motion imparted on the fly, as all three will typically struggle in the water, and if the motion to the fly sinks it, so be it -- dont just pick it up, let it drift. It seems to me fish often eat terrestrials, real and fake, when they land, when they twitch/swim/fly/etc., and when you pick them up off of the surface.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Fishing with ant flies

    Took me awhile to find these pics. Size 16 for the black & cinnamon, size 14 for the "bee".
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    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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  4. #13
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    Default Re: Fishing with ant flies

    If you're going to carry ants, you might as well carry other terrestrials too.

    The poppers are on a size 14 dry fly hook. They imitate various things. The inch worms are on 14 & 12's, longer shanks, both the deer hair "beetles" are on 12's. The foam beetles are size 12 & 14 also. Simple flies, but they work well.

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    Remember, no one likes to be behind the big truck, but that's better than being under it!

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  6. #14
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    Default Re: Fishing with ant flies

    Last August, I took my new neighbor fly fishing for the first time. James and his family had recently moved here from Ireland and despite his many attempts at salt water striper fishing throughout the summer, he had never been able to catch a fish. I gave him a fly rod and a quick casting lesson a few days before we headed out to a local river, and set him up with a spare pair of waders and boots. By the time we stepped into the river he'd managed to develop a basic cast, just enough to get a fly out on the water. I knew with the warmer water temps that the fishing would be slow but crossed my fingers that we'd have some luck.

    When we started fishing I tied on a fly that I thought might work, but it didn't. Then another and another. I was starting to get a little concerned that he might not be having fun as I think his expectations were high. After an hour or so of casting with a variety of flies, I finally put an ant on his line (foam with an orange dot) and on his third cast he hooked a beautiful Rainbow. He was thrilled as was I. As he said, it was his first 'American' fish, and it put a huge smile on his face.

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  8. #15
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    Default Re: Fishing with ant flies

    Quote Originally Posted by dennyk View Post
    I like to fish them on the surface under branches and by brush.
    Good advise.

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