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 Post subject: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:54 am 
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I saw this awesome ant pattern on hatches.com. Are ant patterns really that effective? Would it be a good fly to have in my box for fishing in south Texas?


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:41 am 
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Probably can't hurt to have some--especially if fishing after a good rain. I personally haven't fished with ant patterns but I think some folks have had success with them.


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:18 pm 
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I have not seen ant patterns in anyones suggestions for Texas, but let us know if it works.

I used several ants with success in the Rockies but have never tried them here.


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:55 pm 
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Fish don't look up much on the Guad, but I bet a drowned ant pattern would work. Unfortunately, we get some big fire ant falls in the late spring after a big rain, and they can do major damage to trout who decide to key on them. It's one of those Darwinian decisions with lethal consequences.

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:04 pm 
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I caught dozens of sunfish this summer on an ant like this-
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The Tackle Box carries those foam cylinders.

Edit- not sure it matters but I think I tied mine in three sections, with hackle in two places where the foam is compressed by the thread. (like so- tie in the hackle above the barb, tie on the foam. Wrap hackle 3-4 times around where the foam is tied down, tie off the hackle. Lift the foam and wrap thread around the shank and hackle 2/3's of the way to the eye. Tie down the foam again, another 3-4 wraps of hackle, tie off hackle, whip finish and yer done.)

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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:26 pm 
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I have caught Guadalupe Rainbows on Parachute Ants.
It is also one of my go to attractor/searching patterns when fishing the Rockies in the summertime especially in meadows.
It has worked better than even the much ballyhooed Hopper most days.
Jimbo


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 Post subject: Re: Ant Fly Patterns
PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 7:04 pm 
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Jimbo, you scared me..I thought for a moment you said you had caught rainbows on the Guad in parachute pants! :lol:

Can't touch this...

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