Fly tying video: Steve Culton’s Drowned Ant Soft Hackle Mar3 by Steve Culton By popular demand: You can find my original currentseams write-up on the Drowned Ant here. Share this:TwitterFacebookRedditPinterestPrintLike this:Like Loading...
Nice! Thanks for the vid Steve. I need to fish this fly this year :)!
Yes. You do. 🙂
I love this! I’m going to tie some up soon, soft hackles have always been a great fish producer for me. I fish the starling in herl in small sizes and for the most part the materials on this fly are similar, but I think the way that you do this with the body separated in the middle would make a big difference in mimicking a drowned ant specifically. I’d like to tie one and put it on my site with credit to your pattern, but would it be OK for me to post the link to your video on the post for the fly? Thanks! -Nicole
You’re welcome, Nicole. It’s absolutely OK for you to link to this video. And thanks for asking! 🙂
Lovely fly, I’ll be tying some of these up, Thanks!
Hey, how about some red floss between the peacock sections, that would dress it up nicely.
My pleasure. It’s a constantly good producer for me.
You can tie it any way you like. Have fun and experiment.
Actually, that was a joke, as in “Hey! I invented the Royal Ant!” OK, so I ain’t George Burns….
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