This is one of those amazing fly patterns that looks complex, but is actually incredibly easy to tie. When I first saw the profile of Ken’s Crazy Ant, I thought, “Uh oh, how the heck do you make those antennae look like they’re part of the body like that?” But then you see how it’s done, and you can’t believe that’s all there is to it. The discovery must have been a real Eureka! moment for the fly’s inventor, Ken Walrath. I won’t ruin the surprise.
In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler ties the pattern to Walrath’s specifications, and I doubt there’s anyone watching who couldn’t be whipping these up in just a few minutes. And we all know how production ant patterns can be in many situations.
Ken’s Crazy Ant
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a Dai Riki #305), size 16.
Thread: Black, 8/0 or 70 denier.
Body/antenna: Foam drawer liner.
Wing: White Antron or Zelon.
Legs: Grizzly hackle.
Note: Tie these with different-colors bodies and wings.