View Full Version : Tying Challenge: Week 3

David Knapp
07-02-2012, 11:21 AM
Thanks again to all the new participants who joined in last week. For this week, I want to focus on something that everyone can fish regardless of water type. Ants are important to trout and panfish and this is the time of year to be fishing them. Let's see your best Ant Patterns, dry or wet or both! I've had many great days on the water in the Smokies fishing a sunken ant. One of the biggest browns I've caught on the Caney came on a sunken ant as well. Out west, fishing still waters with ant dry flies during the afternoon rise can be killer. If you aren't tying and fishing ants, you should be!!! Next week we will return to a specific pattern to focus on...

07-02-2012, 12:58 PM
I'll go first and get this out of the way.


AL trout bum
07-02-2012, 01:27 PM
I've had many great days on the water in the Smokies fishing a sunken ant.

What exactly is a sunken ant? I have only seen dry ants and the like.

07-02-2012, 01:53 PM
I have some of these tied up, maybe I'll jump in this week, but I won't post them until Sun or Mon since I am out of town now, I haven't used them much but I wanna see how they stack up. I tie them in black and in a very dark red.

David Knapp
07-02-2012, 02:42 PM
What exactly is a sunken ant? I have only seen dry ants and the like.

I'll try to tie up a couple and post a picture if any of them turn out...

07-02-2012, 07:32 PM
dont have an ant pattern so I will try this and then enjoy what others post so I can try some real ant patterns........ :biggrin:


07-02-2012, 09:06 PM
I tied a few of these thread body ants up to use as a dropper for my July and Sep. trips to the park, and was pleasantly surprised at it's effectiveness. no weight so you can drop it from a very small dry.
#16 Dry/Nymph hook
Black thread
Black flashabou legs

David Knapp
07-04-2012, 04:06 PM
Some great patterns so far guys! Tlshealy, those thread bodied ants are killer! Love the flashabou legs...

I tied up a hard-bodied sunken ant pattern that is probably my favorite ant. I fish it tandom with a nymph or green weenie. If I have time I'll do a dry ant or two also.

Hard-bodied ant

Hook: #14 TMC 3761
Thread: Black 8/0 UNI-thread
Body: Thread and dubbing to build up and then coat with Loon Hard Head (black) or epoxy. If Loon Hard Head is used, I like to finish it with a layer of SHHAN...
Hackle: Black


AL trout bum
07-05-2012, 01:43 PM
Looks good David. I have some of those, just didn't know they were called sunken ants.

David Knapp
07-05-2012, 03:08 PM
Looks good David. I have some of those, just didn't know they were called sunken ants.

Not sure but others may call them something else. I just refer to them that way to differentiate between a dry ant pattern and one that sinks since it would not be proper to refer to them as nymphs. Maybe someone will jump in and tell us what to really call them. :cool: I would consider tlshealy's ant pattern to be in the same category in that it isn't meant to float...

07-05-2012, 03:15 PM
I like more impressionistic flies.
Hook: #14 TMC 100
Thread: Black 6/0 UNI-thread
Body: Midge Diamond Braid (Red, Black or Chartreuse) covered by 2mm Black Foam
Hackle: Brown or Black
Overwing/Indicator: Since I'm blind I usually tie in a small piece of white or yellow foam so I can see the fly on the water.


07-05-2012, 08:25 PM
here is a couple of floaters and sinkers. David appreciate the chance to share and learn.


07-07-2012, 07:23 PM
This time of year ants are so well liked that I carry a small box with nothing but 5 or 6 ant patterns. I carry foam ones, dubbed ones, hard bodied ones, and winged ones in a couple different colors and sizes. This is a new pattern I found when I was tying up some ants for my son to take to WY on his NOLS course next week.

Hook: 102y sz13 (yes they come in odd sizes)
Thread: Uni 8/0
Body: Coated with Clear Cure Goo
Legs & Scapes: Leg Stuff from Flycraft/ it's Black polypropylene monfilament. I think lacquer coated thread would work just as well

*clean your tying area before using Clear Goo! Every little speck of dust and fiber will stick too it!

Rob Johnson
07-07-2012, 10:05 PM
WOW. That is an ant! How long to tie it? Will it float? Waay cool man,

07-15-2012, 08:47 PM
Yep. That's an ant! 'Nuf said.

07-15-2012, 09:15 PM
Not really all that hard to tie. It takes about 10 minutes to tie the fly and apply the first coat of clear goo. Then a couple of minutes to dry the clear goo, and another couple to apply the 2nd clear coat and even it out. I'm not a real fast tier anyway, most flies take me about 10 minutes to tie. I think if I tied a couple dozen I could speed up the process, but I tie to relax. I'm not in a hurry or tying to try and make money.:smile: