The Black Fur Ant can be tied in various ways, including optional wings and segment sizes. Many fishermen prefer the middle section to be thin and long, while others prefer a thicker, bulker ant. Using red or cinnamon dyed dubbing can also be use for either or both of the segments to imitate red ants. Clipping the hackle on the bottom will also produce a lower floating fly. The black fur ant is highly effective along the edges of nearly every piece of water fish are found. Late summer is particularly effective, fished right along the edges of rivers where there is overhanging weeds and grass. I have found the black ant to be particularly effective on high mountain lakes for brookies, cuts and rainbows.
Black saddle hackle
- Begin by spinning black fur dubbing (usually rabbit or hare) on your thread and wrap forward toward the eye of the hook about 1/3 to 1\2 down the shank to create the abdomen. Wrap thickly and tightly to form a large abdomen with it tapered slightly at both ends.
- Next tie in a black saddle hackle and wrap at the middle of the hook. This will create the legs and give the impression of the middle segment of an ant.
- Spin on additional black dubbing and wrap with it tapered slightly at both ends to form the thorax. This should be about half as big as the abdomen section.
- Whip finish.
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