Tying a Banana Plug Frances - Tube Fly

Tying a Banana Plug Frances - Tube Fly

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We love the Plug Frances style and there are so many ways to you can be creative to make them out of weighted materials. In this version we are using some old mono running line for feelers and tapering the body by building a dubbing ball tapering down with a 6mm hybrid cone, then some heavy weight with a 5mm tungsten bead followed by a soft hackle and a 4mm hybrid cone to give a nice conical shape.

We have also tied this one with a nice long wing, as many anglers prefer the long wing version of a Frances. This bright yellow variant is a prime choice for spring rivers especially those found in Denmark.

Watch the full length tying video here



Get the fly tying kit here
https://speybros.com/products/banana-plug-frances-tying-kit

Materials and tools by Future fly available in store here at speybros.com

Materials 

1.8mm plastic tube - black
https://speybros.com/products/futurefly-tube-1-8-mm-medium?variant=39247600975961

GSP tying thread 12/0 - 50D - white
https://speybros.com/products/ff-gsp-thread-12-0

N.American opossum - dirty yellow
https://speybros.com/products/american-opossum?variant=39247597928537

Monofilament running line - yellow

Signature dubbing - antique
https://speybros.com/products/ff-signature-dubbing?variant=39247600287833

6mm hybrid cone - metallic yellow
https://speybros.com/products/ff-hybrid-cone?variant=39247605039193 

5mm tungsten bead - metallic yellow
https://speybros.com/products/ff-tungsten-bead?variant=39247604383833 05:52

GSP tying thread 12/0 - 50D - white
https://speybros.com/products/ff-gsp-thread-12-0

Signature hen hackle - yellow
https://speybros.com/products/ff-signature-hen-saddle-golden-olive

4mm hybrid cone - metallic yellow
https://speybros.com/products/ff-hybrid-cone?variant=39247604744281

Tools 

Future Fly tube fly vise
https://speybros.com/products/future-fly-tube-vise

Future Fly tube fly vise needle - small
https://speybros.com/products/ff-tubevise-needle-small

Future Fly lightweight scissors
https://speybros.com/products/ff-lightweight-scissors

Future Fly Standard bobbin
https://speybros.com/products/ff-standard-bobbin

Future Fly multi needle
https://speybros.com/products/ff-multi-needle

Future Fly hackle tool
https://speybros.com/products/ff-hackle-tool

Step by step

Step 1 Melt a small collar at the end of the liner tube big enough to flare the materials tying in add to the vice and start tying tight to the collar secured with a bit of super glue.

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Step 2 take some medium length soft hair from some yellow or banana opossum pelt and wrap all the way around the tube, then trim away with a scalpel and neaten up the head with your thread, secured with some more super glue.

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Step 3 tie in 4-5 feelers using old running line, we are using old compline, secure again with some more super glue. 

Banana Plug Frances Step By Step

Step 4 add a small dubbing ball with gold signature dubbing about 6-7mm tall to follow the taper down with a 5mm and 4mm bead and cones. 

Banana Plug Frances Step By Step

Step 5 add a drop of super glue to the liner tube then press a 6mm hybrid cone in metallic yellow gold followed by a 5mm tungsten bead in the same colour.

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Step 6 Tie in a yellow soft hackle with the fibres stretching just beyond the body. 

Banana Plug Frances Step By Step

Step 7 continue the taper with a 4mm hybrid cone in the same metallic yellow gold, pressing back hard with the hackle tool or something similar.

Banana Plug Frances Step By Step

Step 8 trim away the liner tube 2-3mm from the cone then melt down with your lighter and press down the tube with a flat surface to neaten off and add extra security.

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