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. 

Material List

Note: We use Coachman Brown Hackle. Click Here to Search current available inventory (slim pickin's often)

  • Hook: TMC Tiemco 9300 Dry & Wet Hook - 12
  • Hook (Alternate 1): TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook - 12 - 25 Pack
  • Hook (Alternate 2): TMC 100BL Barbless Dry Fly Hook - 12
  • Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0 - Black
  • Thread (Alternate): Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier - Black
  • Body (#10, #12): Foam Ant Bodies - X-Large - Black
  • Body (#12, #14): Foam Ant Bodies - Large - Black
  • Wing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - White
  • Wing (Alternate): Para Post Wing Material - White
  • Wing (Alternate 2): McFlylon Synthetic Yarn - White
  • Legs: UNI Flexx - Black
  • Legs (Alternate): Life-Flex Spandex Material - Black
  • Dubbing: Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing - Black
  • Dubbing (Alternate): Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing - Black
  • Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

    $1.99
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

    8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

    $3.50
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers
    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

    EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers

    $10.99
    Foam Ant Bodies
    Foam Ant Bodies

    Foam Ant Bodies

    $2.95
    Para Post Wing Material
    Para Post Wing Material

    Para Post Wing Material

    $3.99
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier
    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

    Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 140 Denier

    $3.49
    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing
    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

    Wapsi Super Fine Dry Fly Dubbing

    $2.25
    UNI Flexx
    UNI Flexx

    UNI Flexx

    $3.99
    Life-Flex Spandex Material
    Life-Flex Spandex Material

    Life-Flex Spandex Material

    $3.99
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0

    Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0

    $3.50
    TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook
    TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook

    TMC 100 Dry Fly Hook

    $24.60
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks
    Bionic Foam Blocks

    Bionic Foam Blocks

    $5.99
    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel
    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel

    TMC 100B Dry Fly Hook, Black Nickel

    $5.99
    Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook
    Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook

    Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook

    $6.95
    Gunville Foam Booby & Body Cutter Set
    Gunville Foam Booby & Body Cutter Set

    Gunville Foam Booby & Body Cutter Set

    $24.99
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing
    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing

    Kapok Dry Fly Dubbing

    $3.75
    McFlylon Synthetic Yarn
    McFlylon Synthetic Yarn

    McFlylon Synthetic Yarn

    $5.50
    TMC 100BL Barbless Dry Fly Hook
    TMC 100BL Barbless Dry Fly Hook

    TMC 100BL Barbless Dry Fly Hook

    $7.95