Ants

Still working on getting the pictures

Life Cycle = egg, larva, pupa, adult

Size 1 - 2.5 cm (0.5 - 1 in) - adult is only stage of interest
Colors Black (some with 2 large clear wings)
Action Most of the ants that make it to the river fall to the water from the sky during the annual San Juan River carpenter ant fall.  They hit with a plop then begin the helpless struggle to swim.
Habitat The ants live on the river bank in dead trees and in rotting logs and stumps.
Notes Typically will be driven from their nests after the first heavy rain of the Summer.  Last 5 years this has been in July.  Most of the ants that make it to the river are winged.  The ant fall is usually short lived (a day or so) but the fish key in on them and will hit ant patterns for several days after the fall.   Sometimes a light rain will trigger a smaller scale ant fall but the first heavy rain usually brings out the big fall and the fish go wild!  Definitely one of the best days of the year to be on the river!
Fly Patterns
  • Foam Ant (10-14)
  • Black Stimulator (12-14)

Select the Fly Patterns link  for recipes and pictures of the patterns.