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Rogue Red Ant Tied On A Curved Shank Hook

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One of my favorite flies to fish during the summer is what has come to be known as the Rogue Red Ant.  Very different from a traditional dry fly Red Ant, the Rogue Red Ant is a modified pattern by Mike Kennedy during the 1940's to target half-pounders (juvenile steelhead) on the Rogue River.  The exact reasons for its effectiveness, as with most other things associated with Steelhead fishing, are unknown (though a seemingly infinite number of hypothesis abound) but the simple fact that it works well is enough to propel this fly into an almost "elite" class.

Here is a simple (almost sparse) tie of Kennedy's Rogue Red Ant on a Salmon/Steelhead hook:

Here's a tie of Kennedy's Rogue Red Ant on a curved shank style hook (mean looking!):

A fly that is always present in my summer Steelhead fly box, the Rogue Red Ant has proven itself to be a slayer.  Fished wet, it should be swung slowly through clear summer water within your chosen water column.  Play with the depths a little until you find the fish.  The take should be so fast (and strong) that there will be no reason set the hook.  The Steelhead will do that on its own.

Tie one on:

Hook: Daiichi 2441 or Equivalent, Salmon/Steelhead (Size 2-8)
Thread: Black 6/0
Tag: Medium-Size Silver Flat Tinsel
Tail: Golden Pheasant Tippets
Butt: Peacock Herl
Body: Red Floss (or Red Wool)
Collar: Fiery Brown Hackle with Black Center
Wing: Brown Bucktail or Red Fox Squirrel Tail
Head: Black Thread

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