How to Tie: The Cinnamon Flying Ant

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Tightlinevideo gives us a great tutorial on how to tie the Cinnamon Flying Ant.

Learn About This Fly:

Difficulty: Easy

The hot and humid conditions of summer are finally upon us. Typically considered pests, flying ants are about to become your new friend. The Cinnamon Flying Ant is a dry fly that will be extremely productive during these hot and humid dog days of summer. Trout will target these small insects as they swarm and fall onto the water. Carrying this pattern during mid to late summer is a fantastic way to produce fish even during harsh elements.

The Cinnamon Flying Ant is tied on the smaller side, but it should be kept in mind that adjusting size to match the hatch can be very rewarding. Whether you are on high elevation lakes in Colorado or small native brook trout streams in Maine, trout will crush this fly. Composed of a foam body, hackle, and a synthetic wing, the Cinnamon Flying Ant is a cork on the water.

Although typically tied in orange, this pattern can be modified to imitate your common ant by changing the body color to black or dark brown. The Cinnamon Flying Ant is another simple pattern in this series that is a trout magnet. During a time where fishing often slows down, having this fly in your box during late summer is one way to dramatically increase your chances at finding fish. There is no better way to spend a summer day than on the river and hooking into rising trout on the Cinnamon Flying Ant will only add to that experience.


  • Hook: Dai-Riki #305 – Size 18
  • Thread: UTC 70 Denier – Burnt Orange
  • Body: Parachute Posts – Soft Foam – Small
  • Wing: Poly Yarn – White
  • Legs: Whiting Farms Dry Fly Hackle – Brown

Now you know how to tie the Cinnamon Flying Ant. 

Video and ingredients courtesy of Tightlinevideo.

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