Fly Tying: The Chernobyl Ant

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A simple but deadly hopper pattern for those hot Summer days.

The Chernobyl Ant is a simple hopper pattern designed to be deadly. It’s also a bug that you’ll almost certainly want to have on hand during those hot Summer days on the river.

Like many hopper patterns, the versatility alone makes it a bug worth tying. The Chernobyl Ant is worthy of tricking trout, bass, panfish and probably most anything else with fins. I tend to tie these as small as possible for trout. You can easily get these down into size 14 but the bigger ones will often work just as well. On smaller streams, the smaller sizes just plain work and they don’t limit you quite as much as the bigger ones will.

Vary this pattern in both size and color and I promise it will be successful.

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Cory Perry
I'm a husband, father and fly fishing geek living in Greenville, SC. I'm down with slinging flies, tying flies and spending every minute I can enjoying the vast outdoors with my family and friends.

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