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Parachute ant by Barry Ord Clarke


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It does look pretty when dry, but Ostrich is a piss poor material for any dry fly.    

That's a one time use/one fish fly if I've ever seen one.     Useless after a single soaking.   

Substitute the ostrich with some heavily treated synthetic dubbing......and you might have something.  👍

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11 hours ago, Gavin said:

I’ve never caught much on an ant pattern. They seem to be worthless as a searching pattern, but they sometimes take a rising fish that refused a  bigger fly. Have some in the hopper box, but they rarely get fished.

These ugly little bastards right here will get you bit pretty much anywhere. 😊 

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11 hours ago, Gavin said:

I’ve never caught much on an ant pattern. They seem to be worthless as a searching pattern, but they sometimes take a rising fish that refused a  bigger fly. Have some in the hopper box, but they rarely get fished.

Ants can be deadly when leaves are falling.   Otherwise, not.  

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13 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

Ants can be deadly when leaves are falling.  

Blasphemy. Ants are always deadly.

It's not the fly, it's the predator you are offering it too. You take a 3wt and some of those that wrench is modeling down the James and the bluegill will attack those things much more aggressively than some wimp trout trying to sip it off the surface. 

 

 

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