Tying Instructions: Cutter's Perfect Ant

1. Clip 15-20 deer hairs and even the butts. Attach the deer hair to the top of the shank about two eyelengths behind the eye. Holding the deer hair in your left hand wrap evenly to the bend of the hook with tight wraps.
Step One
2. Attach some Antron dubbing at the bend of the hook. After attaching the dubbing, I like to twist the dubbing around the thread to get a tightly and evenly dubbed section to wrap.
Step Two
3. Dub a round ball around the shank no more than one third the shank length.
Step Three
4. Bring the Deer Hair over the dubbed abdomen and secure with thread wraps directly in front of the dubbed ball. Holding the Deer Hair above the shank, tightly wrap the hair to the midpoint of the shank. Lift up on the hair and give a couple of wraps in front.
Step Four
5. Prepare a wingpost by wrapping thread around the base of the upright deer hairs. Bring the thread wraps up to about the height of your dubbed abdomen and then wrap them down again. Apply a few more wraps in front and behind the wingpost to strenghten it's base. Finally, wrap up to just behind the eye with thread wraps.
Step Five
6. Apply some Antron dubbing for the thorax. Again, attach a number of fibers and then twist the material around the thread for a tight dubbed suction to wrap.
Step Six
7. Wrap a thorax. This dubbed ball should not be larger than the abdomen. Dub just the first 1/3 of the hook shank with a tight ball. The thread should finish in front of your wingpost.
Step Seven
8. Attach the hackle by the butt directly in front of the wingpost. Wrap to cover the butt ends.
Step Eight
9. Wrap the hackle no more than three times and secure with thread wraps in front of the wingpost.
Step Nine
10. Whip finish in front of the wing post taking care not to capture any of the hackles. Trim off the thread. Also trim the extended hairs of the wingpost. A shorter wingpost will be less topheavy but a longer wingpost will allow you to see the fly better. Apply some head cement to the trimmed wingpost to help secure the wrapped hackles.
Step Ten

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