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Thom Glace’s Yellow Breeches Rainbow – a known killer of fall honey ants. Visit award winning water colorist’s website.

How to Tie Mike’s Honey Ant

From Phil Monahan @ Orvis – July 30, 2020

Mike’s Honey Ant recipe:

Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (e.g., Dai-Riki #300), sizes 14-16.
Thread: Olive, 6/0.
Abdomen: Copper Sow-Scud Dubbing.
Legs: Copper Pearlescent Krystal Flash.
Wing: Dark dun straight Zelon.
Thorax: Rusty brown Australian possum dubbing.
NOTE 1: Try tying this pattern in all black or cinnamon.

And don’t forget other terrestrials – dragonfly – Male Blue Faced Meadowhawk – a late season favorite of trouts and basses. Illustration by Thom Glace, watercolorist.

NOTE 2: Terrestrials should not be the kind of patterns you keep a few of because just in case – more like I need to make room in my fly box for more terrestrials. Their risen popularity has to do with three factors. The orbit of tying materials available today, like foam and synthetic fibers, makes putting bugs together a lot easier; two, they are easy to tie, especially ants and they’re inexpensive to buy, and lastly, they catch ‘mo-betta’ than most are aware.

In the video below from Tightline Productions author and blogger Matt Grobert demonstrates how simple it is to tie.

Here’s is another ant video, it’s by INTHERIFFLE of another ant fly that also comes with a resume.


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