The CDC Ant is one of the best fishing flies for imitating ants that have fallen into the water. Trout rarely pass up a good ant presentation, and this one checks off all those boxes. The hi-vis top wing post helps with visibility but can also imitate a flying ant, beetle, or darkly colored caddis. These trout flies float well and are a joy to fish in spring creeks throughout the country. If there are overhanging trees or logs in the river, you can bet your bottom dollar that there are ants around. Focus on a dead drift and enjoy one of life’s most simple yet effective methods of dry fly fishing. A variety of sizes in ant patterns is wise, as trout will often eat the same size of ants in the area.