Black Ant Dry Fly – Fly Recipe
The black ant pattern has been around for many years. Books I have read indicate the black ant goes back to the early 1800’s but I assume this fly dates back further.
The black ant is an easy fly to tie. There are literally dozens of patterns being tied. In a pinch I have used nothing but black thread and a sparse black hackle. The black ant works well when hatches are not occurring and the trout are active.
The best hooks for this fly are:
Mustad # 94840, # 94842 or # 94833
Abdomen: Black beaver dubbed
Thorax: Black beaver dubbed
Legs: Black hackle – tied in middle and sparingly
If you like to tie flies look at our other pages of wet flies, dry flies, nymph flies and streamers for fly tying. These pages offer pictures of fly patterns and provide information regarding fly tying material and the fly recipe for tying on a fly with fly tying know how. These are great flies for fishing and should become part of your fly gear and added to your fly boxes.