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CohaMarch 4th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Cazin, Bosnia

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A lovely little pattern, that is tied with only one CDC puff and a few turns of hackle. CDC Ant
WbranchMarch 5th, 2021, 5:09 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2714
Looks like an easy and effective ant to tie.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfMarch 5th, 2021, 5:44 am
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3153
Yes, I liked the look. I'm actually partial to Gary Borger's in the film ant for the tiny ones. See what he says in Designing Trout Flies about how they need to sit in the film. He's a biologist, and his analysis makes sense.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
WbranchMarch 5th, 2021, 4:18 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2714
I have that book. There is one paragraph that kind of made he was high when he wrote it. He talks about how the sun shone a certain way on a rock in a pool out West and he felt he needed to tie a fly that embodied some of those colors. That is probably out of context but you can get my drift. I thought it was over the top. I do like his color charts and I put a lot of faith into them.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfMarch 5th, 2021, 7:20 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 3153
Could have been, Matt. I actually met Borger at a fly fishing show in Seven Springs many years ago. He signed my copy of the book then. I've had good luck with those parachute ants on tough fish. The CDC ant has some of the same elements, putting the body on top of the hook. Clipping the hackle a bit more would put the whole thing flush in the film. If I remember I'll tie a few of these when I get to ants for Montana.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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