The Chernobyl Ant is a very effective, buoyant, easy to see attractor dry fly that was popularized in the Western United States. Many fly tyers use a piece of bright foam on top of the fly as an indicator and fish nymphs below it on a dropper rig. It can be tied in a wide range of sizes and colors so do not hesitate to experiment.
140 Denier Ultra Thread
Three(3) colors of Flat Foam
|Insert the hook and wrap your thread to a position on the shank opposite the barb.||Tie in a 1/2″ X 1/4″ strip of orange foam (slightly longer than the hook) as shown. Make at least 6 to 8 thread wraps to secure the foam.||Directly on top of the orange foam, tie in a 1/4″ wide strip of black foam. The black strip should be the same length as the orange strip you previously tied in.|
|At the same tie in point, tie in a 1/8″ X 1/2″ long yellow strip of foam. This will become an indicator that you can easily see while the fly is on the water.||Now tie in two pieces of tan round rubber. Manipulate the legs so that two(2) legs are on each side of the fly. This will make an X shape when you look down upon the fly from the top.||Wrap your thread slightly up the hook shank. Pull the orange foam forward and tie it down, forming a hump. Continue this procedure, making several humps, until your thread is just behind the hook eye as shown.|
|Pull the black foam strip tight over the top of the orange foam and tie it down as shown.||Repeat steps for tying in the yellow strip of foam (indicator) and two pieces of tan round rubber.||Finish the fly with a whip finish knot. Trim the foam and rubber legs to the desired length and shape. The finished fly is shown above.|