As Tim Flagler, of Tightline Productions, notes at the beginning of this video, there are many black-ant patterns out there. But after trying a bunch of them, Tim has settled on this simple, yet effective fly. Aside from being easy to see, this ant floats low in the water and offers a realistic silhouette. What more could you ask for in a terrestrial pattern?
Hook: Gateway D100 (or standard dry-fly hook), size 16.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Body: Wapsi Hi-Vis Soft Foam Ant Body, small.
Legs: Black hackle feather.
Adhesive: Head cement.