Fly Fishers' Republic

Doe Fry

October 19, 2007

by Raif Killips

Doe Fry



Choose this pattern when the fish are preoccupied and feeding on jelly fry. It’s not a guaranteed solution just like there’s no dead cert for a caenis hatch, but the Doe Fry is sometimes the only pattern for the occasion.

How to fish:

If the fish are corralling the fry then cast the Doe Fry into area of activity. Sometimes fish will top and tail as if rising to an insect hatch when in fact they’re picking off dead and dying fish, that’s when to cast the fly into the path of rising fish. Using a floating line present the fly on a long leader static or twitched.


First publicised by Charles Jardine in Fly-fishing and Fly-tying magazine, September 2001, designed and tied by Mike Doe, UK.


Use a medium wire hook when fishing the fly at the surface and heavier hook for a fly to be presented subsurface. Likewise increase the number of wing feathers and tail filaments for larger floating flies and the lesser number for subsurface presentation. The hackle can be longer than illustrated even erring on the long side.