Bionic Ant 2.0
Lance - August, 2022
We’ve all heard “match the hatch”. And when there is a hatch to match, that strategy can be very effective. But what do you do when there isn’t a hatch? Nymphing is a good option. Streamers are another productive technique. But what if you want to fish a dry fly? Enter terrestrials.
Some terrestrials, like cicadas and hoppers, are around in large numbers for short periods of time, but not available all summer long. Ants are the answer. Ants can be prevalent from early spring through the first couple of hard frosts in the fall. And since ants frequently inhabit bank-side vegetation, they often find themselves falling to the water, or being blown onto the water. This isn’t limited to rivers. Lakes see ants too, and in some cases get fairly regular flying ant falls. Either way, ants are an important warm season food source for Trout and Grayling.
By now you’ve hopefully tried a Bionic Ant. If not, now is the time to do it! Here’s a new version, that is easier to see, and has more prominent legs for an improved silhouette. The Bionic Ant 2.0. Everything is the same except I added a white wing to make the fly easier to see, and changed the tiny daddy long legs for uni flexx, or life flex (spanflex) legs. We still use the same cylinder bodies, the same coachman brown hackle, and your favorite dry fly hook. The new version is mostly easier to see. One last addition, and that is to the color range. We’ll soon have Bionic Ant 2.0’s in black, purple, and brown.
Whether you’re on a small stream, a large river, or a lake, the Bionic Ant 2.0 is a proven producer. Add it to your confidence fly list.