Amy’s Ant was first created by Jack Dennis on the Snake River system in Wyoming around year 2000, taking foam flies into a whole new realm. Jack named this fly after his daughter Amy. It is anything but an actual ant imitation but does a stellar job of crossing over for a cicada, hopper and stonefly all while being tough, durable, and exceedingly buoyant.
The larger version of this fly is good for fishing for golden and nocturnal stones but it can also be a great searching pattern during terrestrial season.
It is tied by combining foam, Krystal Chenille, a bit of trimmed down hackle, a pile of lively rubber legs and some elk hair topping a flashy underwing. Amy’s Ant is beautifully generic enough to cross over for a variety of dietary staples in the trout world.
The elk-hair wing sits at just the right angle to make the fly super visible even in choppy water ensuring the fly lands upright every time. The shape of the foam head helps to spread out the hair a bit to imitate the fluttering wings of a bug in trouble in the water.
The Amy’s Ant is typically fished on a stout 0X to 3X leader, most often with a bead head dropper like a Two Bit Hooker or Pat’s Rubber Legs riding along underneath. When fished close to the bank as a single fly, Amy’s Ant fools some of the pickiest fish into making that mistake we all yearn for. It’s an adaptable summertime dry fly that imitates a deluge of insects and acts as a simple attractor when desired.
It is just one of those foam bodied creations that a must have in the dry fly box!
Available in sizes 6 | 8 | 10 | 12
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