The Chernobyl ant pattern has become one of the most popular of the terrestrials because of it's great ability to float. With its size and buoyancy, it allows fisherman to drop small emergers or sinking ants below the Chernobyl, using it as both a fly and an indicator. Because it is constructed of foam it is amazingly durable and will last through dozens of fish. The Chernobyl ant is extremely effective along the edges of trout streams and lakes particularly during the late summer and early fall months, but will work all year round. It can also work well fished as a small popper for bass and bluegill.
Body: Black foam
Legs: White or Black rubber legs
Wingcase (optional): Colored yarn or foam
- Begin with a length of black foam cut at a width between 1/4 and 3/8 inches, depending on size of hook. Tie in at the bend of the shank.
- Tie in three strands of Peacock herl. Wrap forward, leaving enough room for the head. Pull foam forward making two segments and tie off at the head.
- Next tie in your rubber legs on both sides of the hook. It is best done using two pieces of leg material, tying them in separately in a "V" shape on both sides.
- Move your thread about 2\3 the way down the hook and tie down the black foam again.
- Tie on the front legs the same way you tied on the back legs.
- If you like you can tie in a small piece of colored (usually yellow or flourescent green) yarn or foam to use as a wingcase or indicator so it will be easier to see in the water. Tie in the indicator directly on top of the front legs.
- Whip finish at the eye.
- Take your scissors and cut the remaining foam just ahead of the eye.
- Trim both tag ends in either a circular shape or clip at 45 degree angles.
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