This is a simple fur ant pattern that is a good one to get you started into the world of dry flies. The Fur Ant can be a little hard to see on the water but fish often take it with confidence during the summer months. I often will just blind fish an Ant like this in all the likely looking places and don’t be afraid to fish it up on shallow sand bars and along edges. Ants work really well in lakes too. Remember that.
Hook: TMC 100 #12-24
Thread: 8/0 Black
Abdomen (Gaster): Black Superfine Dubbing
Hackle: Black Rooster Hackle
Thorax: Black Superfine Dubbing
Start the thread at the midpoint on the shank and make a thread base back to the bend. Dub an elongated oval shaped ball for the rear of the ant, being careful to keep this on the back end of the hook.
Prep and tie in a black rooster hackle just on front of the rear segment.
Wrap the hackle about three or four turns and tie off. Clip the excess hackle.
Make a thread base on the front end of the shank.
Build another smaller ball of dubbing just in front of the hackle. Whip finish and clip the thread.