Adding weight to a #18 or smaller curved hook usually turns it upside down and if you turn the fly around – i.e. by using the bead at the eye to imitate the big abdomen of the ant, you don’t occlude the hook gape as much as you would if you tied the pattern in the conventional way with the abdomen at the bend of the hook.
The following articles provide some useful information on ants and their universal appeal to trout.
- Ants on the Menu - Tim Rolston
- Tying Ant Patterns - Ed Herbst
- Experts on Ants
- Pitter Patter of Ants - Pieter 'Seun' Taljaard
- Balbyter – Edward Truter
- Catching Yellowfish on Ant Patterns - George Harris
- Dick Talleur on Ants
- Trout and ants - Ed Herbst
- Tying the Copper Wire Ant - Ed Herbst
- Winged Ant - Arthur Ransome