On the Water Log, May 14, 2012

CARPENTER ANT TIME!

One just flew in the front door. I needn’t say more, do I? Well, maybe this: you don’t have to fish ant patterns just on lakes. Don Kaas told me once that he watched Jim Garrett land a nice summer steelhead on the upper Sol Duc with a black ant pattern when they were on the wing. The fish actually moved several feet to the fly. Come to think of it, Don gave me an ant pattern tied by Garrett that I still have. And an oysterman I know told me that when you could still kill cutthroat in Hood Canal, he would catch fish that were so full of carpenter ants in spring that their bellies were distended. They were feeding on ants blown onto the salt from the snags up on the ridges, apparently. If you know a good undeveloped beach, one that still has a lot of old timber above it, I would give it serious thought this week. I’m going to see if Dick Wentworth wants to go for a drive and Jeff Delia has some free time.

Sky Valley Limited
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