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Old 07-25-2017, 02:42 PM
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I'm heading up north this weekend and thinking about ants. Anyone have any favorite patterns they'd care to share?

Black, brown, cinnamon? Sizes?

Not much of a terrestrials guy but I'd like to give it a go if I see any up that way.
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It is a plain fact, however, that downstream fishing with a non-imitative fly (lure, in the British sense) does not mix comfortably with upstream imitative fishing...I'll stay out of the argument about whether this technique is really fly fishing. In terms of interest, it is for me ahead of most downstream fishing and spinning. And I've already opined that spinning is better than staying at home with the television set.

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Old 07-25-2017, 03:53 PM
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Not sure how far north your headed, but when i fish the ellis in the summer i use 18 or smaller black parachutes, i also will use tan grasshoppers. Once i tried the hopper with a nymph behind it, it worked ok, but i prefer the one fly approach.
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Old 07-25-2017, 09:34 PM
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Can someone help me out with this? My buddy reported seeing size 16 black and tan caddis coming off around 8:00pm but do you think these were ants or caddis? The water was around 65 degrees if that helps.
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Old 07-31-2017, 10:46 PM
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Smile hop ant

always can crush it this time of year with hoppers on the saco, then switch to ellis with ants and hoppers when floaters hatch around 9-10, then jut go back to saco with hoppers and enjoy.
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Old 08-01-2017, 07:52 AM
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Default foam ant pattern you can see

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV_uKMei99M
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