It’s that time of year where ‘fry’ are at their optimum size to be engulfed by predators. Sticking close together in packs fry create an easy target for awaiting predators such as rainbow & brown trout, perch, pike and even bream. Fish tend to ‘smash’ into a pack of fry, stunning or killing as many fry as possible, they then go in, and mop them up… This is where the simple Floating Fry comes in.
Cut a booby eye cylinder in half length ways and in half again, this should be thin enough to go through the middle of the mylar tubing. Depending on the size of the fry you’re trying to represent cut the tube accordingly, here i’ve cut it to about 8mm in length.
Just like putting a braided loop onto a fly line, thread the foam through the middle of the mylar tubing using the ‘push and pull’ method. Push the two ends of the mylar together so it opens up, and pull the foam through the middle until its around half way through.
Insert a clean needle into the vice, with the taper pointing outwards and wrap five or six turns of UTC thread to the needle. UTC is good here becuase tis flat and will slide from the needle, more on that later.
Offer the mylar tube and foam up to the top of the needle and secure the tube to the top with a few turns of thread, ensuring to pull down tight on each turn, whip finish and tie off. Hold firmly the thread wraps and gently wobble and twist the tube from the needle. Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the foam. This traps the foam in the middle, between the thread, not only does it stop the foam from coming out but creates the perfect fry shape. Cut one end tight to the tying thread and the other a few MM short, the tail end.
Insert a Kamasan b175 nymph/lure size 8 hook into the vice – Fish of any size could have a go at these flies when on the surface, you need a hook which will take the strain of playing a fish of a lifetime.. A size10 could be a little small…Run a wrap of thread down the hook, and back to the top securing with a whip finish. This creates a bed for the mylar tube to sit on.
Make a small insertion 2/3rds of the way down the hook and another 1/3rd and thread the tube over the hook, into the bottom cut and out the top. Some people like the fry to sit almost on the bend of the hook, this is good for getting the fly to ‘jump’ when pulled. I prefer to keep it in the middle as this ensures strength and security on the hook.
Once happy with the positioning of the fry, add a good amount of bug bond to the underside of the hook, ensuring you cover each cut and the whole of the thread. ‘Zap’ the glue with a bug bond uv light to cure the glue.
Floating Fry Tying Materials
Hook: Kamasan b175 Size 8
Thread: UTC Olive 70 Denier
Body: Pearl Mylar Tubing
Inner body: White foam cut to size
Glue: Bug bond
Written by Kieron Jenkins