Ants in your pants? May 02 2014, 0 Comments
At some time during the spring, many lakes will see a hatch of ants. This can make for amazing fishing as we get to use a dry fly to concentrated, surface feeding trout. It can also be miserable if you forgot your ants. We offer a short video on a basic ant pattern.
Remember on the black ants to add a sighter post or you'll miss every take that comes your way. Tie some in black and some in light brown in sizes 8-16 and you should cover most eventualities.
It should be obvious when and how to fish the ants, but some things to look for include overhanging vegetation or thick vegetation near the lake edge. Wind will often concentrate the little critters, so look for where the wind is blowing to and you'll be in the money, either towards the shore or in concentrated wind lanes. Oh, and all the trout rising should be a dead giveaway.
Enjoy, and make sure to send us your feedback on how this pattern worked for you! firstname.lastname@example.org.