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Tying the flying wood ant


When large wood ants swarm on the warmest summer days the trout go on a feeding frenzy. This is one of those patterns that you just can’t do without. Simple but realistic and quick to tie.

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2 responses

  1. Mike Gibbon

    Morning Barry, as a relative newcomer to the art of fly tying I really appreciate your instructions. Is there any possibility that you might include a lesson on how to deal with a Hares mask to obtain the dubbing for a GHRE? I have tried Google and there appear to be different methods including sneaking the wife’s blender to shred the the cut hair. Also I am never sure what to do with the under fur- is that part of the blend? Another method employs the the use of tools to comb the mask. Your invaluable assistance will be appreciated. Regards Mike.

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    December 15, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    • Hi Mike, I have intended to do this for some time now so I will try and get one done over the weekend showing the different techniques with hares ear dubbing.

      December 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm