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Floating flame

Posted on 16 August 2012 by Vincent

A quick tie this time. This pattern is very effective where fish are slamming very small baitfish/fry. Very often predatory fish swim trough schools of fry to numb them. The result is some of the fly floating to the surface. After that the fish can take the fry from the surface without worrying about them swimming away.

So, if there’s fry or small baitfish present, give this pattern a try! You’ll be surprised how effective it is.

We use this pattern a lot on Lake Oostvoorne, De Ronde Bleek and I’ve even caught ASP’s on it. I usually let it drift for a moment with a long fluorocarbon leader (much like The Pimp), and after the FC leader makes your fly sink, I begin stripping the fly. You’ll get takes on both presentations.

I use evazote foam for these flies, because of the high buoyancy of this material. It has a much better buoyancy than the often used craft foam. However, this material is quite fragile, so be sure to use some varnish to protect it. Otherwise it wont survive a decent trout attack!

This pattern is a combination of two well known patterns, the “Floating Fry” and the “Flame”. Hence the name “Floating Flame”.

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