I love the pattern recipe here, and it’s sad but true these days with (crappy) grizzly saddle hackle patches selling for $600 (Wow, yes 600 bucks for an old Hoffman grade 3). This is a slick looking ant, and I am assuming that the foam on the fly will keep it afloat with a very light coating of the resin. even if it doesn’t float, it’s a beautiful fly the I have no doubt will catch its fair share.
Hook: TMC 200r #14
Thread: 8/0 (70 den) rusty brown
Body: 1mm foam coated with Clear goo or similar
Hackle: Brown saddle hackle “…plucked from a woman’s head.”
This is a chubby little any pattern that is tied up on a Daiichi 1273 hook. I love the way the color looks in the video, sort of a claret, burgundy hue. I’ll need some really small hooks to match the ants on my local streams, but I really like this pattern.
Trout seldom pass up the chance to eat an ant. Ryan started tying his Fire Ant last summer and had great success. As temperatures start to warm, trout will start to key on terrestrials. Ants patterns are so effective that they deserve ample room in your fly box.
Hook: Daiichi 1273 red finish
Abdomen: Red dubbing
Wing: Red CDC
Hackle: Brown dry fly hackle
Thorax: Red dubbing
This version of the Chernobyl Hopper is quite a bit different from the one I grew up with. This is an interesting version of the fly with 2 different colors of legs and the deer hair wing. The dubbing looks great on this fly as well. The narration is in Russian, but you should be able to follow watching the video. If you like the Chernobyl Hopper, you should also check out the Chernobyl Ant, a pattern I’ve had tons of success on in the past.