The hi-viz foam body ant. Ant patterns are really trout takers, and on small streams they are a top pattern from April through October. This is about as simple a pattern as can be...few materials and easy to tie. I'll take you through it. Material, Hook, black thread, black foam bodies, and black hackle.
Start thread behind hook eye and wrap to about the hook point.
Wrap thread back to the mid-way point
Here you take the foam body and place it on top of hook. Take about 10 wraps of thread to secure.
Next take your hackle and tie it in. You now take four turns of hackle and tie it off. Cut the hackle, and whip finish.
Your completed foam body ant.
I tie these in a variety of sizes and colors. They also are a great beetle pattern. These flies float very well and are highly visible.
Here's one that the brookies have been chewing on.