TheGreen Ant Steelhead Fly is of unknown origin. It has been around a long time and has a strong fan club of dedicated anglers. It has always been a go-to fly for rivers with extremely clear water. The Clearwater, Umpqua & Rogue Rivers are a prime examples. So is the Deschutes upstream from the confluence of the White River. This pattern has been a top producer with several of our guides during the past ten years, and has accounted for many steelhead under a variety of water conditions. Our Green Ants come in two sizes, #5 & #7, both tied on nickel plated, extra strong Alec Jackson Steelhead Iron hooks, for extreme durability and a little added weight for sink-rate. Be sure to add a few to your favorite summer steelhead fly box.
This short film showcases RIO's six principle trout lines, a comprehensive explanation of the benefits and assets of each, as well as the best use for each one.
Mark's Spawning Shrimp Fly
This fly started as a good deed from another angler who tied me a few flies while we were staying in San Pedro and fishing around Ambergris Key in Belize about 2000. I didn't have all the ingredients that my benefactor had used, but the substitutes worked even better than the originals. Mark's Spawning Shrimp is mighty tasty to bonefish and a host of other flats fish,
and to fish that live in the mangroves, such as snook, snappers, jacks and even an occasional permit. This is one fly that you can fish blind for bonefish in Belize. When the conditions are too rough for sight fishing, just work your way along a beach and cast with a floating line as far as is practical, then retrieve your fly with foot-long strips. Doubtful that you will go very far without getting a bite. Of course this fly worked even better when you can see the fish. The Mark's spawning shrimp seems to work over many different colors of bottom as well. The only place it doesn't work is where the water is too shallow or too weedy.
In 2008 a Belisian law went into effect, which made the posession of bonefish, permit and tarpon illegal for everything except catch and release. One of the unexpected benefits was that since gill netting became impractical, the snook population, which had been decimated by over-fishing, rebounded very quickly. The Mark's Spawning Shrimp turned out to be a very good snook fly in Belize.
No doubt the Bass-O-Matic bass fly got its name from Dan Aykroyd's famous skit on Saturday Night Live (Season #1, 1976). Flies like this have been around in one form or another since there has been lead eyes and rubber leg material. They are essentially very effective copies of jigs used by bass tournament fishers. Each fly is equipped with a mono weed-guard, so you can get down and dirty without getting hung up.
Black is a good bet any time of year for bass. The Bass-O-Matic is heavily weighted for fishing deep. Often when the water is very warm larger bass find spring holes and deep shady spots and stay there, even during low light periods. In your boat or float tube, it pays to have one rod rigged with a fast sinking line, and one of these flies. Have another rod rigged with an intermediate line and the same fly. Have another rod rigged with a popper for fishing very early and very late. Fish your fly very slowly. Give it an extra twitch once in a while. Pretend you are teesing a house cat with a string. Be tuned in for gentle strikes.