A simple and, I believe a neglected pattern, is the Ant. Afternoon winds on a lake, the big firs or pines waving in the wind, needles landing along the edges of the lake, and ants. Nice ‘n juicy (I don’t know if they are juicy or crunchy like a corn nuts) ants along the shoreline of streams. Alex Wild likes insects, in general, and Ants too.Very good images of a gazillion ants.
Damn lens! Really shows the flim & flam of the tying. Doubt the fish cares re an ant pattern, but I feel pretty good until the macro hones in on the dubbing, hackling and snips etc. So it is… The ants are what I have tied along the way. I fish them all with no thought of any differences between the patterns. Dumbbell-hourglass shape…a little hackling between the balls of dubbing. The matched small wings (hackle tips matched for length) can be black or white or ?. The balls of dubbing could be replaced with thread wraps to build up a body. Use 3/0 or 6/0 thread to match color you want. You could add a little lacquer to the thread wraps. The dubbing balls add some buoyancy in my estimation. The fly really does not have to float, but should best be in the top strata of water as if dropping from shoreline grass or blown in from tree tops. I tie most ant patterns on a size 12-14 hooks (14’s in pics), based upon shore side observations. I am sure others see ants bigger or smaller (red ant is size 16).
One is not foolish who exposes their flaws for another’s benefit. My ties are not flawless, and I don’t see Paul displaying any of his creations. Enough said.
Well Paul you are no doubt correct that Hans would not show such ragged creations. I, however, believe I am sacrificing myself upon the altar of criticism to demonstrate the attention to detail required to improve my and others fly tying. It helps to improve in those snips and thread size used. I have actually enjoyed the lens’ ability to show such details, pretty darn invisible to my eyes, and share them for the sake of improving my tying and teaching others. Thank you for your input.