or, a Bread Fly for Carp.
ok, bread isn’t a natural food source for animals but a lot of them like it. a lot.
as far as our scaled friends are concerned, whether they find access to it because people like to toss bread crumbs in urban lakes and ponds for ducks or whatever other creatures that might be in there, or if crumbs are used to lure them in by fishers, they somehow find it irresistible so it makes all the sense in the world to use bread imitations even if those imitations don’t look in the least bit like bread… but that’s another story in itself i suppose.
so, today’s nifty tying tutorial by Yuu Cadowachi shows us how to tie a nifty crumb. accessible to tiers of all levels and requiring few materials, the usual variants such as not adding weight or varying colours and sizes should put you in the right ballpark for your local fish. lastly, carp aren’t the only fish that enjoy bread. mullet, catfish, bream and even trout (and i’m sure i’m missing out on a whole slew of other species) can all think it’s a tasty snack so having a few of these patterns stashed away might come in handy even if these species aren’t usually at the top of your list. enjoy !
McTage’s Foam Trouser Worm Carp Fly
gotta be straight-up here. i watched the video for the first time with a mix of:
woW, wtf !, and more woW !
without a doubt the strangest looking fly-creature i’ve had the pleasure to see (even for carp flies), this is fly design innovation on a whole different and new level. it’s simply brilliant. if you still have doubts wait till you see the trouser-worm bathtub-dance sequence at the end of the clip…
post note- since carp usually don’t live in bathtubs but rather often in waters where the bottom is coated in silt, this thing is going to slide with its beads and hook shank mostly hidden along the bottom, move that silt around into little clouds with the tail dancing around seductively in the middle of them. sexy !
although designed for carp, i can’t help but think of a whole bunch of other species our little worm will get going.
click the pic for McTage’s article and materials list. enjoy !
more for the novelty aspect rather than the finished result or the method, here’s a parachute dry fly intended for carp on a size 2 circle hook. yes, a size 2 circle hook. contrary to what a lot might think, our big slimy friends do come up to the surface to feed on insects and it’s a very fun way to catch them.
so if you’re going after these big slimy fish it might be a good idea to have a few of these flies in your (very big) fly box. as noted in the video and a practical issue that immediately jumps to mind is floatation issues with such a heavy hook, specially if there’s any kind of wind or current. at first we might think that this hook size is overkill but the two carp above photographed last summer had me cautiously underestimating the bigger (top) fish at over 20kg. i still haven’t managed to catch it…
back to the fly: at this level of unsightliness… i can’t imagine it would hurt to add one more hackle around the post and hackles with the stiffest fibers should help a lot to hold up the half bottle of floatant needed to keep this on the surface. soaking it in Permafloat or similar other permanent waterproofing liquids after tying it should do the trick !
here’s the beast, enjoy !