Hard Body Ant Wet

Fish love the glossy sheen of this hard body ant fly pattern.


This is a terrific ant fly pattern that is not only realistic but, due to the construction of the fly, very durable. Sits low in the film like a drowned ant and is very enticing to a fish looking for an easy meal. If you see ants on your way to the river, it's a sure bet the fish are looking for them as well.
Brown; sizes 16,18. .
Black/red; sizes 14, 16, 18, 20.
Black; sizes 12, 14, 16, 18, 20.
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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.9 / 5 based on 8 reviews


8 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Excellent - 8/7/2015

    These ants are excellently crafted. They pass the eye test easily and I can't wait to try them out tomorrow. I'm certain they will catch fish.

  • 5/5

    Great ant pattern - 4/29/2015
    By: from California

    I was very excited when I saw this pattern on the Orvis website. I have used many other ant patterns in the past (foam and thread) and after a few catches, the fly gets destroyed by trout teeth. This fly should sit low in the water and last quite a long time. Looking forward to going out to my local mountain stream and catching some wild rainbows.

  • 5/5

    Great Terrestrial - 4/13/2015
    By: from Suburban Chicago

    Always loved these hard body terrestrials.......think they are better than the tied-body ants.

  • 5/5

    Hard body ant is excellent - 10/9/2014
    By: from Buckhead, Ga

    The hard body ant is a stellar tailing fly for a "dry fly and dropper rig." It pairs well with a small blue winged olive. This fly on that rig gets a lot of action on the Chattahoochee. It is my "go to" fly for Jones Bridge Park near Dunwoody. As long as the fish are hitting in late summer and early fall the ant is going to rip lips.

  • 5/5

    When all else fails - 6/10/2014
    By: from Durango, CO

    When all else fails try this little brown ant in a size 16 and you'll be surprised at the consistent results!

  • 4/5

    Excellent and Useful - 7/23/2012
    By: from Evart, MI

    Another well built fly from Orvis. It's never a question of quality.

  • 5/5

    Another great fly - 7/3/2011
    By: from Northern California
    Top 25 Contributor

    As a lover of small stream fishing, terrestrials are an important part of my fly arsenal. I really like fishing this fly in streams with vegetation and brush along the banks that provide the trout with naturals of this fly. Personally I always use a 16, 18 or 20 and have had wonderful results. I've also had good success fishing this in stillwater lakes and ponds in heavily wooded areas. Great fly!

  • 5/5

    Hard Body - 2/2/2011

    If you're looking for a hard body ant, look no further. It is well made and looks great. With 10' of snow on the ground I haven't had a chance to try it out, but I know it will produce fish.

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