Written by Ian Anderson
The PA Ant was developed many years ago to fill the need for a quick and effective ant pattern for fishing the spring creeks in central Pennsylvania. Many years ago I had the opportunity to spend some summer hours chasing Browns, Rainbow and Brookies on some of these small mountain streams and needed a simple ant pattern. I liked the look and presentation of the Chernobyl Ant but not the size. I needed something that I could tie on a small size 18 hook if needed. So, I started experimenting and came up with a simple scaled down version of a Chernobyl Ant that worked perfectly. I call it the PA (for Pennsylvania) Ant. It is a very simple pattern that can be tied up fairly quickly and works very well. Many a trout fell to this little fly on a warm summer evening floating this down under a bush, tree or overhang. There is nothing to the pattern and if you are a beginning fly tier this would be a great summer terrestrial pattern to tie up. I have not tested it but I image it would be a great panfish fly and tied in some #6 or #8 sizes could be good for bass as well.
I have detailed step by step instructions below for tying the PA Ant Nymph. In some regards the high resolution images might help answer questions as to how to tie this fly. I also have a detailed video on the tying the PA Ant Nymph (see below). I recommend you watch the video first and refer back to it because there is some information that is in the video that is not included in this article. At the same time, there is some information included in this article that is not in the video. Just remember, it is fly tying, it is supposed to be fun and learning new flies and techniques, while confusing as you are learning, can be quite fun and rewarding.
If you have any questions about the article or the video, do not hesitate to leave me a comment here or on YouTube (the video) and I will be glad to help clear anything up.
|Mustad 9671 or 3906b or TMC 5262, #12 – #18
|Danvile A Monocord or any 210 denier thread, black
|2mm closed cell foam, Black and Orange
|Round Rubber Legs, Medium, black
If you prefer, there is a video on tying this fly. I recommend you watch the video even if you prefer the step-by-step directions as the video can clarify some of the steps.
Feel free to leave a comment or question below. If you would like, you can purchase some PA Ants here (while supplies last). I have them in three colors.
Always Remember…It’s Fly Tying… If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Doin’ it Wrong!