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Bionic Ant

Bionic Ant

Bionic Ant My favorite summer-time fishing technique is to float rivers from a Fly Craft or Hyde drift boat and accurately cast ants to weary, bank-hugging Trout.  Until about 10 years ago I largely overlooked the importance of ants and beetles for summertime Trout.  Sure, I fished a lot of cicadas in early summer, hoppers late summer and even threw the odd cricket pattern but I rarely fished ants.  I've since learned what I was missing!  I find this to be true of most of my fly fishing friends and fly shop customers.  Generally speaking, we seek out hatches and otherwise nymph or toss streamers during non-hatch periods.  While all of that is fun (and can be very productive), I relish the opportunity to fish dry flies, and large ants have become my summertime go-to dries. Getting an ant pattern that is buoyant, easy to see, and fish approved wasn't easy.  There are several patterns out there that check one of  those boxes, maybe two, but rarely all three.  The Bionic Ant

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Carp Hybrid Variation

Carp Hybrid Variation

Add Some "Tickle" to Your Carp Game Carp are superfish. I have done some carping in the last several years, but it wasn't until about last year that it has become more of something that I plan to do as opposed to a plan B trip.  Carp are excellent fish to fight because they will absolutely kick you in the nether regions if you are not on your A game.  Trout are built like first generation Kia vehicles where you really have to baby them to ensure their survival, but Carp are built like military grade Hummvees with extra gas in the tank.  They have specialized scent that pick up the slightest bit of non-natural scent on your flies, they have specialized gill systems that deliver oxygen to their bloodstream more efficiently than a trout, and they have battle armor that even a missile from Kim Jong Dangus couldn't penetrate.  Yes, in my opinion they are a superfish that make a very worthy target for the fly fisher.   If you have tried carp fishing you have pr

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Tungsten Surveyor

Tungsten Surveyor

SURVEY THE RIVER BOTTOM Tungsten Surveyor The Tungsten Surveyor is one of my lesser known patterns, which I find interesting since the pattern is one of my more productive flies.  It just works.     The Surveyor is a product of my love of Wapsi, rainbow sow scud dubbing and the hares ear.  When I found fish really liked the Rainbow Warrior, another of my confidence flies was a bead head hares ear.  With the success of the Warrior, I couldn't help but wonder how the fish would react to a hares ear tied with rainbow sow scud dubbing.  Naturally, I started tinkering with a nymph similar to a bead head hares ear by substituting the hares mask dubbing for rainbow sow scud dub.  A few versions later I had changed bead colors (gold to silver), adapted ribbing materials (gold tinsel to silver wire) and borrowed red thread, pheasant tail and pearl flash back from the Rainbow Warrior.  The result is the Tungsten Surveyor.  Fill a row in your nymph box.  If you're out of space,

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