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Hair Legged Fur Ant
Bruce Whittle

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Bruce Whittle
Hair legged Ant

I am tying a hair-legged black fur ant (more of a description than a name!)

Hook: TMC 100 size 18
Thread: black 6/0
Rear and fore ant humps: black Hareline dubbing spun lightly on thread
Legs: 4 moose hairs


1. Start thread on rear of hook. Spin a very small amount of black dubbing onto thread and wrap into a distinctly round hump taking up only rear 1/4 of hook shank to make abdomen.

2. Wrap thread to middle of hook shank. Mount 4 moose hairs with some figure-8 wraps around their centers to form legs to each side being careful not to build up too much bulk. Trim legs to length on either side.

3. Wrap thread almost to front 1/4 of hook shank and dub another round hump of fur for the thorax.

4. Whip finish.

Note: If you want to be more anatomically correct, only use 3 moose hairs to make 6 legs. I'm a veterinarian and I KNOW that insects only have 6 legs but I prefer my ant flies to have 8 for good measure!

Bruce P. Whittle, DVM