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I have 1 package of McMurray Ant assemblies that i bought many years ago and have never used.

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Never seen these before. Kinda cool!!!!
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Never seen these before. Kinda cool!!!!
McMurray ants were popular before people started tying with closed cell foam.
Now that you can buy sheet foam for pennies and punched out cylinders for not much more, the McMurray balsa bodies have gone the way of the great white buffalo.
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Flytire, good post to add to the Ant thread. It's been a long time since I've seen those bodies anywhere.

Rip, you're right, & the foam is much easier to tie with, but balsa is still a fun material for anyone who wants to try something different.
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I have 1 package of McMurray Ant assemblies that i bought many years ago and have never used.

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What ...no colors ???

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Default Re: McMurray Ant

I thought about mentioning these when the thread was young but since they are not available anymore I let the thought go. I still have some unused bodies too and a bunch of them in my old down east fly box. They were the first time I ever used a 'component' for tying. Caught a few fish with them also.

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Tim,

Back then I couldn't afford the painted ones!

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I never had the Yellow Jacket ones, ever wonder who painted the stripes?
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Default Re: McMurray Ant

We used to make these out of balsa and monofilament, using epoxy for the glue. The hardest part was drilling/punching the hole in the balsa without splitting it.

To make the striped bodies, you dipped them in paint, let it dry and then re-dipped them until you had your stripes =)
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