Hook : 14 – 22 (dry)
Thread : Black, red or brown.
Body : Two pieces of balsa wood joined with monofilament. Painted black, red or brown.
Hackle : Dry fly hackle to match the balsa
I have found that for this fly it is best to start with a 1/8inch square stick of balsa wood. Grab the stick by one end with one hand and wrap a piece of fine sand paper around the other end and begin to spin the stick against the sand paper and round off the square edges creating a cylinder. Continue to sand the stick until the cylinder is the proper size for the ant you are making.
With a very sharp razor blade, cut off two segments of the cylinder. One for the ants head and one for its abdomen.
Poke a hole through the center of each segment with a piece of wire or a fine needle.
Thread one of the segments onto a piece of tippet. 2X to 4X works well depending on the size of the ant. Then burn one end of the tippet and form a small ball on the end. Pull the tippet back through the segment with enough pressure to pull the ball into but not through the segment.
Thread the second segment onto the tippet. Cut off the excess and burn a second ball onto that end of the tippet.
Pull the tippet back through the segment with enough pressure to pull the ball into but not through the segment.
Completed body, ready to paint.
Apply paint to the segments in the proper color to match the ant you are imitating. In this case black.
Put a hook in the vise and start some thread on the shank, again in the proper color to match the ant you are imitating.
Tie the balsa wood ant body you created onto the top of the hook shank.
Tie in a hackle in the proper color to match the ant you are imitating. Wind the hackle in between the body segments.
Tie it off, trim the excess hackle and whip finish for your completed fly