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RAY'S FLOATING SMELT

Submitted by Ray Stout

Hook: Mustad 94831 or 9672 #4

Thread: Flymaster Plus White

Body: E Z Braid Pearl (Medium)

Eyes: Yellow stick-on

Epoxy: 20 Minute epoxy rather than 5 minute(It yellows)

Glue: Thinned down GOOP

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Here are some of the items that are used in tying this fly. The round insert for the fly must be

cut from the foam with a brass tube (9/32) for this size fly (3 inches)

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Cut a piece of EZ braid to 3 inches in length. Remove the floss lateral line from the EZ braid.

This floss is only required by the manufacture to hold the braid together.

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You now want to insert the foam into the braid using a needle.

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It shown look like this after inserting the foam

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Next you want to insert the hook by pushing the head of the hook through the body.

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This is what it should look like.

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Now we can put the hook in the vise and start finishing the fly.

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You must pull the material back from the head and wrap the hook with thread to give the glue

something to hold to.

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After wrapping the hoop pull the material forward and tie it off .

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After tying off, clip any excess from the head

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Finish wrapping the head to make a taped head.

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Use needle to pack the foam firmly

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Rotate the back of the fly between you fingers until you have the taper you desire and then make

a few wraps with your thread and tie off with a half-hitch.

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Cut a V in the tail and put on the stick-on eyes

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Make the top black with a couple of strokes with a Sharpie pen.

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Take the hook out of the vise and put thinned down Goop on the fly to hold the body to the hook

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Finish the head of the fly by coating it with epoxy and putting in on a rotating machine to cure.

You can shape the head with a damp finger just before the epoxy cures.

After the head is cured, put the gills on the fly using a Red Sharpie pen.

Your finished product should look something like this. It floats and is flexible and has taken many

large landlock salmon on the West Branch of the Penobscot. It also works well on most any other

species of fish.

Tight lines and good fishing.

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Hey! you "old stump" you've given in to share some of your secrets. they do work well. all the best. happy holidays.

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Been all over Gods creation looking for the EZ braid (or someting like it) and can't find anything. Went to Lowes, Home Depot, 2 hardware stores and even an electrical supply store and can't find it anywhere. Anyone know where I can find this stuff? Please help, the LLS run is not far off!!!

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Never mind I just google searched "EZ braid pearl" and see that the stuff is available at the one place I didn't check... my local fly shop. Here's my sign!

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Never mind I just google searched "EZ braid pearl" and see that the stuff is available at the one place I didn't check... my local fly shop. Here's my sign!

Fairly common stuff, should be on the shelf most anywhere. Glad you found it.

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When you epoxy the head, you can add in one of your wife's fake nails trimmed. It turns it into a rapala for the fly rod!

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I've tied something similar but as a tube fly with marabou for the tail. The last time I fished it I got a lot of hits but couldn't set a hook because the salmon were hitting it from underneath instead of coming up from behind. I need to try this. Thanks for posting.

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Ya man. I've been wanting to stop by and have a tieing session. And Maybe an ale or two.

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