Fly tying - Flies for Crappie

Transpar-Ant - Mario Capovía Del Cet



All kinds of ants are spread throughout the whole world due to their adaptation skills.

This is why fly-fishermen have to take into account that ants are a part of the fish´s diet. We can see this because catalogues always have ant imitations, both dry and wet patterns.

Although ants are terrestrial insects, they often fall down to the river because of the wind and rain, sometimes drowning entire colonies. During flooding times, these colonies can be seen drifting on the current, some dead ants below the surface and the line ones on top of them.

I have chosen the Transpar-Ant from Umpqua and Randall Kauffman´s Fly Patterns book because it is the one I find most interesting. It is similar to regular lacquered ants, but I like practicality of making it, on top of the transparency and brightness given by a sole layer of epoxy.

I will show how to tie the red-and-black imitation, but it can be tied using only one of these colors as well.

Woolly Worm - Mario Capovía Del Cet

Woolly Worm


The original Woolly Worm pattern is said to have originated in the Ozarks as a bass fly. Its real popularity, however, came when Don Martinez, a West Yellowstone, Montana fly tier, commercialized the pattern in the 1950s. It is usually the first pattern taught to fly-tying beginners because it takes only three steps to tie and is really simple. But we must not forget it is also a really effective fly in the water, both in lakes and rivers. I could go as far as saying one could take this one pattern in different sizes, weights and colors and have good fishing days. I strongly recommend beginners to use this fly, although maybe someday you will get tired of catching fish with the same pattern.

A friend of mine quit using the Woolly Worm because he said it was cheating, because it fished well anywhere he tried it. This is a great fly for beginners to experience for the first time what it feels like to catch fish with a self-tied fly. Experienced tiers may recreate it to develop new variations.

Classic Woolly Worms are colored in olive, black, yellow and brown; mostly tied with chenille on hook sizes ranging from #4 to #8. But there are many variations, it can be tied with bead heads, metal eyes, rubber legs, antennae and tail, with peacock body, modern chenille or combed dubbing bodies. Variations are endless.

I can think of one that could be a bit more complicated, it could be named “Woolly Worm - Bicolor Flash Thorax”. You surely will not get bored of it if you keep experimenting with variations on the classic Woolly Worm.