Recipes for of the three flies featured in Don Shaw's
story, "The Surprise Attach":
Hook: 2xl dry
fly, size 6 to 14
Golden Pheasant Tippets (original recipe calls for Amherst
Body: Hare's mask
Wing: White calftail under a few strands of
pearl Krystal Flash
Legs: White rubber leg
Collar and head: Spun deer body hair,
trimmed except on the top
2xl dry fly, size 6 to
Body: Sliver of black foam, approximately
1/4" wide. Trim the corners off on the front and back to give
more of a rounded appearance.
Legs: Two sets of
rubber leg material
Indicator: Small piece of
This is a simple interpretation of the Chernobyl Ant.
There are many variations and it can be tied in many colors.
For a more intricate version, see Mike Johnson's version
1xl or 2xl, size 8 to 14
Tail: Two black goose biots, tied
Body: Black ostrich herl
Legs: Black hackle wound
or forming a beard
Wing: Two white goose biots
tied to create a "V' when viewed from above
Note: The Prince is also known as the Brown
Forked Tail. There is a version called the Black Forked Tail
which is made with black ostrich herl and black biots. Don's
variation combines features of both and is pictured below.)
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