There are a variety of versions of the corn fly and the original was probably developed by Blake Werner, although I have not seen his version. The following is my version based on a variety of sources and my experience. It is essentially an artificial hair rig.



Cover the front half of the hook shank with thread. Wrap lead wire to cover about 1/3 of the shank. Wrap thread around and through the lead and secure with head cement. Using a needle with a large eye, thread mono through the center of the sponge piece (the long way). Clip off the tag end of the mono near the bend which is formed when threading it through the needle. Pull the tag end snug to the sponge and glue to the sponge with superglue. Position the other end of the mono along the hook shank and trim the mono so it stops short of the lead wraps and tie down with thread covering the entire length of the mono. Tie off the thread. Cover the length of the hook shank with head cement. The finished fly will look like the following:


To fish the corn fly, first adjust the size of the sponge by trimming, if necessary, until the fly slowly sinks to the bottom with just the weight of the hook. Groundbait with corn, cast the fly to where the chum is, and wait for a strike. Before casting add flavoring or scent to the sponge. Anise extract, bannana extract, and crawfish all work well. If the fly needs to be fished deep, use a sink tip or sinking fly line. Leader should be about 7' - 9' long. If necessary to keep the fly in one place add a split shot about 12 inches above the fly.


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