Black Ant

black ant fly pattern with foam
black ant fly recipe


  • Hook: Daiichi 1100 size 10-14
  • Thread: Black 8/0 Uni-Thread
  • Tail: None
  • Body: Rainey’s Black Ant Body
  • Legs: Thread (dubbing optional)
  • Wing: White Antron (optional)

Tying Instructions

  1. Place the hook in the vise.
  2. Secure thread and wrap 3/4 back to bend (don’t go all the way).
  3. Along the top of the hook, tie in a 1/16 Rainey’s Ant Body leaving about 1/4″ of the foam hanging out towards the back.
  4. Make several tight wraps forward covering the foam and compressing it agains the shank tightly (about 1/16″ long)
  5. Tie in a sized black hackle and wrap over the thread base to form the legs.
  6. Tie off and trim the hackle.
  7. Position the foam on the front side and secure it where the hackle left off.
  8. Take a few turns under the front side of the foam
  9. Whip finish, trim, and cement.
  10. Trim the front of the foam to about 1/8″.
  11. Trim the hackle flat on the bottom of the fly to force it to ride in the film like a real ant.

Variations & Comments:

This is a great pattern to fish the annual black ant fall which typically occurs after the first big rain of Summer (usually in late June or early July). The fish usually aren’t too picky as long as the size is about right. Sometimes you will have to trim off the orange or red tips of the foam bodies if you are getting refusals. If you have trouble seeing these guys, try tying in some white antron or poly yarn for a wing.

To top