Lots of.....

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#1
these landing on the water and being eaten at a popular north end lake today.



Unfortunately someone forgot their box with the ant patterns at home ;)
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#2
Not a good day to fish the next day after that. the ants have chemicals that will cause the fish to have a bit of a belly ache. I can't honestly say I have ever hit a hatch.
 
#4
Very cool! I always keep a few ants tucked away in a box just in case, but I've never seen it either.

Taking my son up to Cady tomorrow, maybe we'll find some
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#5
Ira,
I've only hit the ant hatch big twice. Once on Dry Falls and once on Coldwater. The one at Coldwater was truly epic. It went on all day and there wasn't ever a need to put on a different pattern on other then an ant. Catching stillwater fish all day on dry flies is hard to beat in my book.
Luckily I got to share that day with several other board members.
SF
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#6
Hitting a lake during a flying ant migration is rare at best. I too, have only been on a lake twice in my life when the flying ants were falling on the surface. In both cases, my ant patterns were far too small to represent the carpenter ant size critters. The last time this happened I went home and tied some huge ant patterns to carry with me just in case I run into another flying ant migration.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#9
I use to hit these when I lived in North Idaho. They were just amazing. Fish just went bonkers hitting the ants.

AND THEN.....after the hatch was over. Nothing. Most worthless fly in the fly box!! Always keep a few particularly for alpine lakes.
 

bakerite

Active Member
#10
I used to hit them at the far end of Pass lake right at the end of the season....they might have been termites, it was about 25 years ago but we used to go specifically for the "hatch"
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#13
Didn't make it to a lake, but flying carpenter ants were all over my neighborhood, attacking my back porch and crawling all over my house and patio.
Its almost a sure bet to have an ant hatch go off around here on the first really hot days of May. If its going into the mid-80's or approaching 90 (was 86 at my house yesterday), there will be flying ants!
However, the bikini hatch at my local beach was also awesome. I went there to enjoy that, instead.:) sorry.... no pics. It did happen, though.:cool:
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#15
I used to hit them at the far end of Pass lake right at the end of the season....they might have been termites, it was about 25 years ago but we used to go specifically for the "hatch"
Bakerite,
Those were likely termites if it was in the fall. I get a bunch of them flying out of Carkeek Park every year in late August to September.
A good sized bug with kind of a orangish tan body. May seems to be a great month for ant hatches.
SF