Although the name of the fly would lead you to believe that it is an Ant pattern only, It is often used to represent a hopper. It is also a great fly to attach a dropper.
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|Hook:||Dai-Riki 700 - Size 8-10.|
|Thread:||6/0 Color to match foam body.|
|Body:||Fun foam - 2 or 3 mm. Color to match the hoppers in your area.|
|Legs:||Color to match foam body.|
|Underbody:||SLF Prism or Ice Dubbing.|
|Hackle (Optional):||Grizzly or Match the body color.|
|Indicator:||2mm Bright color Fun Foam.|
- Cover the hook shank with tying thread creating a solid thread base. Cover the shank with a layer of SLF dubbing or Ice Dubbing (color of your choice.) (A Grizzly hackle can also be palmered down the body and trimmed short as an option.) Leave the bobbin hanging two hook eye lengths back from the hook eye. Depending upon your hook size, trim a hook gape wide section of Fun Foam 3MM or 2MM sheet foam for the under-body. Foam thickness depends upon hook size. (Again, the Chernobylant Foam cutter makes a nice body.) Use 3MM sheet foam for larger #6 and #4 Chernobyl Ants, 2MM for small versions. Secure the foam strip in place just behind the hook eye ensuring the end of the strip protrudes approximately ½ the shank length in front of the hook. Pinch the foam at the tie in point and use constrictive thread wraps to secure; tight, tighter, tightest.
- Secure the under-body foam down the shank using open wraps to create a segmented appearance. Place 6-8 firm thread wraps at each segment. Leave the tying thread hanging roughly half way between the point and rear of the flattened barb. Trim the foam strip at the rear of the fly so it is 1/2 the shank length.
- Lay the foam over-body on top of the under-body and secure in place at the rear of the hook using the same pinch and constrictive thread wrap process used to secure the under-body. Place additional thread wraps at the initial tie in point to further secure the over-body. The over-body foam strip should be the same width and length as the under-body. Secure a pair of legs on each side of the fly at the rear of the hook. Keep the legs long. They will be trimmed to length later. Lift the over-body up out of the way and wind the thread forward over the under-body through each of the body segments. Place additional thread wraps at each segment to further secure the under-body. Leave the bobbin hanging at the initial under-body tie in point. The foam under-body should envelope the hook shank (Unless you have used dubbing).
- Lay the over-body flat on top of the under-body and secure in place just behind the hook eye where the under-body was initially tied in. Bind in two pairs of legs along each side of the body and a 2MM foam indicator . The indicator is tied in about 1/2 the length of the shank.
- Build a neat head at the hook eye under the foam protruding in front of the hook. Whip finish and remove the tying thread. Bevel cut each corner of the head of the foam body to form a rounded appearance. Trim the legs so each pair is roughly the same length as the finished body. Apply head cement or gel super glue to the head, thread wraps along the under-body and between the extended portions of the under and over-body. Carefully pinch the extended portions of the under and over-body to fuse them together. Remove any excess glue with a dubbing needle and use it to secure the indicator posts.
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Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
Phone - 314.968.4223
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