Granted the UK might have produced modest ant falls, in comparison however, Bosnia was off the scale. Funny then that we’d prepared ourselves for a spot of nymph fishing only to arrive at the Ribnik and find fish rising everywhere. Given such circumstances only a fool would consider subsurface tactics. So armed with tiny ant imitations we set to work. Having the correct fly is only half the story though. With so many naturals to choose from, trout and grayling are spoilt for choice. Equally they can spot an impostor more easily now. So fine tippets where the order of the day with 0.09 or 0.10 mm considered the norm.
~That telltale signature on natural ants is a bulbous abdomen and thorax separated by a tiny waist~
~A good imitation should have the “hourglass” figure so apparent on winged ants~