Stubby Ant
Stubby Ant

Stubby Ant

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Ants are a favorite food source of trout during the summer months, and thus are a go-to pattern for us during terrestrial season. Most ant patterns fall into one of two categories: either very sparse flies that catch a lot of fish but are impossible to see and don’t float well, or ultra-bushy patterns that are buoyant and visible but not realistic enough for selective trout. With this fly, we tried to split the difference. The double wing on top makes the fly visible and aids in floatation, but when viewed from underneath, it still appears very realistic with its segmentation and hackle legs. From heavy water on the Madison and Gallatin to selective gulpers on Hebgen and Quake Lakes, this fly has proven its worth all over the area in a variety of situations. 


The Stubby Ant is named for the hook it's tied on, the brand new XT050 Stubby T hook from Umpqua. It's a wide gap hook made from stout wire, perfect for smaller foam terrestrials like this one. If you are a fly tyer, you must check this hook out!

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