Trout Fishing with Black Ant and Black Gnat Flies
A Fish and Wildlife study conducted a few summers ago found that over 95% of rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout during the summer month had either black ants or black gnats in their digestive tracts. That study alone is reason enough to always carry a few black ant and black gnat dry and wet flies with you. I have caught many nice trout on these flies during the summer months especially when there are no active hatches on the water. When on a trout stream always pay attention to the flies and insects you see on the water. I think you will be surprised at the numbers ants and gnats you will see on the water. great baits for fishing
Usually I will always have black ant and black gnat dry flies is sizes 14, 16, and 18 with me. Also I will carry then in both standard dry flies and parachute dry flies. If you will work the ant and gnat flies under any overhanging trees, branches and brush you will be surprised at the number of trout you will catch. Along with the dry flies I also carry an assortment of black ant and black gnat wet flies with me. The wet fly sizes I carry are size 10, 12, and 14. If you cannot coax trout to take the flies off the surface of the water than switch to a wet black ant or wet black gnat and again work them under overhanging trees and branches. Also try working the dry flies around rocks being sure to mend your line properly to insure your fly floats naturally with the water and not across or against the current. Mending your line is a skill every fly fisherman should perfect and practice. If especially a dry fly does float naturally with the current most trout will not take it. Often time I will weight a black ant or black gnat wet fly with a little split shot to insure it works a little deeper.
Again, if in the warm summer months when the trout don’t feeding on your assortment of traditional flies, give a few black ant and few black gnat dry and wet flies a try. If ants and gnats are a major part of a trout’s diet in the summer than why would you not want to offer them some of yours