This pattern was the product of Rainey Riding’s imagination after the Chernobyl atomic plant accident.
Resembling an ant only in the weirdest imagination, this is a great stimulator pattern.
The closed cell foam used in this ant floats like a cork, and the 8 rubber legs dance a jitter bug across the surface of the water.
I first encountered the Chernobyl ant many years ago, while visiting a fly fishing shop in Toronto Canada, called Skinners. I enquired about good patterns for Brook trout in the north, they said that I would only need one fly, the Chernobyl Ant… When I was shown the pattern, I immediately thought… Oh a typical American larger than life, synthetic affair.
But while fishing for Brookies in the north, I must admit that it wasn’t the only pattern that worked, but it was without doubt, the one that worked best.
This is not at all a complicated pattern to tie, but it must be tied in the correct order and manner. This is not only a great surface attractor for Brook trout but must species that surface feed. So try it on rainbows and salt water sea trout as a night lure.
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