Chernobyl Ant
Flies With a Story

" What Do You Call Those Foam 'Ants'? "

Fly Tied By: Mike Johnson
Story By: Mike
Home: Avondale, Arizona
Mike began flyfishing in the early 1990's. He remembers his early attempts, and the sound skunkings he received on the San Juan River.  Mike fishes throughout the west and especially the southwest.  His obsession with fly tying began in 1997, and he currently puts in 20+ hours a week at the bench. Mike is an elementary school teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. 

My wife and I enjoy renting a cabin on the banks of a fine trout stream in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona. These waters are home to some large brown trout with a nice population of rainbows as well. I can usually tempt some of these larger specimens at night with a Zonker or some other large streamer, though catching them in the daylight hours is a different story altogether.


I was having a rough morning, puttering around with a Stimulator dropper with a nymph beneath it. I was, in fact, getting skunked. My wife wandered down to the river from our cabin to watch me. I told her, "watch this, Iím going to try something silly," and tied on a Chernobyl Ant. I cast it out to the middle of the stream and BOOM. The instant it hit I was hooked up to a beautiful, fat 23" brown. My wife walked back up to the cabin and shortly returned with her rod strung up and asked me for one of "those foam ants." We were hooked up consistently for the next two days.

Ever since that happened, the Chernobyl Ant has become my go-to searching dry fly. Iíve always got a few in my box and will not hesitate to use one.

--Mike Johnson



Hook: Tiemco 300, size 10.

Thread: Black Kevlar, size "g".

Underbody: Mono (about the diameter of the hook shank or slightly thinner) tied in along both sides of the hook shank, to prevent the foam body from rotating on the shank.

Tan foam strip tied to create segments (as shown below), with black foam strip tied in on the top of the shank in two location. Note that the ends of both foam strips are angled with scissors.

Legs: Round white rubber.

Strike Indicator/Wing: Yellow foam, or other visible color.
Hackle: Black dry fly hackle tied in parachute style helps fly land right-side-up.



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