sexyloops fly tying school part 32 - ants

sexyloops fly tying school part 32 - ants

t.z. | Friday, 24 June 2016

Summer is here and with higher temperatures the ants starts swarming. Ants are fascinating creatures. For one they actually are able to build functioning societies. … that sentence alone can spark a whole set of books and endless discussions. But do not be afraid … this is just about fly tying. ;-)

Ants do feature a very characteristic silhouette with the three round bits forming their head and body. There is many ways of simulating this. One is to fix a piece of round foam onto a hook. many like this. I tend not to have many things rubber and foam around the house, but I have plenty of deer hair in my fly tying kit.

So the elements to imitate are - the silhouette, the legs and maybe the wings of the flying type. So here is what you need.

Deer hair, preferably dark of black. Black is hard to get I found. It is died black of course. If you are into making you own stuff you could stain it yourself. Veniard sells specific colors for dying fly tying materials.

Dubbing - black or reddit brown depending on the coloration of the naturals you find where you fish.

The legs can be imitated with hackle or with deer hair. Rubber legs do a good job too.




picture by Al Pyke 

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises.

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