Chernobyl Ant |
By Jason Akl
Every now and then a fly pattern comes along that breaks the mold and changes the world of fly fishing. The Chernobyl Ant is just such a pattern. Who would have thought that tying layers of foam on a hook in contrasting colors would ever dupe a fish? Not only does this pattern get fish to bite, but in certain times of the year it out fishes more realistic versions of hatching insects.
The Chernobyl Ant is a fly tier/ fisherman’s ideal pattern. Not only does this fly use a relatively cheap item, “foam”, as its primary material but it floats like a cork. Even after repeated strikes from fish this pattern rides invitingly high on the water’s surface.
The Chernobyl Ant is a great searching attractor pattern when fishing new water or when the bugs just don’t seem to be hatching. A good idea is to fish this pattern in a dry and dropper combination to cover the water column more effectively. Combining the Chernobyl ant with a Prince Nymph or Hares Ear is a deadly double threat that most trout will find hard to pass up. During the dog days of summer this pattern can be very effective in imitating the many different terrestrial insects that are unlucky enough to find their way to the water’s surface. Cast it towards over-grown river banks or structure extending off-shore and hold on tight. Strikes from fish will be aggressive and fast so if you are not ready