Hi Eric. I’m a huge fan of ants for trout. My favorite dry pattern is the McMurray ant and I’m convinced that it’s the best pattern for fooling even wary fish.
The key to successful ant patterns is to have a profile/silhouette that shows a narrow “waist”. That’s the strike trigger for getting your fly bit. Most commercial patterns are tied with too many turns of hackle. This hides the narrow waist that will get your fly taken much more often. Try spacing out the “bumps” a bit and wrap only one or two wraps of hackle. This makes that waist more visible. You will see the difference in strikes.
Yeah I always used to much dubbing on them ! I know what your saying caught so many panfish on those I couldn’t count them though the years. Thought about trying to do foam for better floatation we will see ! Thanks still by go to fly !👍👍🐜🐜
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