In this step-by-step video Gordon van der Spuy, A.K.A. The Feather Mechanic, ties the Easy Peasy Ant. This pattern features a segmented foam body, designed to imitate that of a floating ant, whose abdomen sinks below the surface while its thorax floats in the surface film.
Gordon says, “I use a generic dry fly hackle for structure and stability in the parachute, while a CDC hackle responds well with the slightest movement from any disturbance.” Gordon’s new book, The Feather Mechanic II looks deeper at this fly, and many others, in much more detail. Get your copy here.
These are the materials used to tie the Easy Peasy Ant:
Thread: Red 17/0 denier
Body Foam: Larva Lace Foam
Ice Dubbing: Peacock
Polypropylene post: White
Hackle: Generic dry fly
For more on Gordon check out his “Fluff” feature in issue 41.