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1. About Amy’s Ant
Invented by industry legend Jack Dennis, Amy’s Ant won the Yellowstone Angler One Fly contest in 1999. As a result, the pattern has been carried by Umpqua ever since. Like most attractors, numerous effective color variations have evolved since then, making it one of the best flies for trout.
2. When and How To Fish It
You may be trying to carefully match the hatch, but the fish just aren’t buying it. If you start wondering how to catch trout in the first place, then change gears and throw them an Amy’s Ant. They may not know what hit them.
You can fish the AA like any large terrestrial such as a grasshopper, except use it year round, using the following techniques:
Float it near and under overhanging vegetation
Use a dropper smaller fly with it, such as an emerger, soft hackle, or nymph
Float it right past the eddy line below riffles and constrictions in the river
Skate it over the surface at night to attract larger fish, like you would a mouse pattern
When using Amy’s Ant, be ready for quick, hard strikes!
3. Tie It, or Buy It?
For fly tying, this is an intermediate difficulty fly, requiring a range of skills and several different materials.