What's so special about the Savage Gear Fry lure?
The Savage Gear Fry lures are superb little crankbaits for ultra light lure fishing. They come in a 3.5cm version (the Savage Gear Fry 35) and a 4.5cm (the Savage Gear Fry 45). Both are superb cranks for fishing for perch, chub and trout.
What's the action like?
The action on the Savage Gear Fry lures is perhaps the best thing about them, and probably explains why they get hammered by pretty much every predator out there. They wiggle at incredibly high speed and send high frequency vibrations buzzing up the braid and right through the rod.
This drives predators nuts! It takes very little rod movement or cranking to get them to wobble, so they work very well at slow speeds as well as when cranked more quickly.
They're particularly good in areas where there's a bit of movement in the water: Cast one downstream and just sit it in the flow so it wobbles in the current and leave it there or twitch it back very slowly and it will often get nailed by a chub or a trout.
How's the build quality?
The build quality is OK for a small lure. The bill is plastic but the body is handmade from balsa wood, rather than the usual plastic and is also through-wired for extra strength. I've had pike to low double figures on them and they survived the experience unscathed, which is particularly impressive given the tiny size of the lure and how small the hooks are.
What's the finish like?
While the build quality is great, the finish feels a bit cheaper and less sophisticated the other Savage Gear lures, as the patterns are simply stickers, rather than paint. Given the asking price, which is fairly high for such a tiny lure, I'd expect a better finish than this. That said, the price and paint job (or lack of it) are really the only drawbacks of these lures, as they are certainly extremely effective at catching fish.
Whenever I'm fishing for trout, chub or perch, the Savage Gear Fry is now the first lure in my lure box to get wet. Some of the takes these lures get are ferocious and I've nearly had the rod ripped out of my hands by psychotic chub and trout hammering these things.
What are the hooks like?
I'm not sure what hooks are used on the Savage Gear Fry lure (they refer to them as Tournament Trebles) but they're of great quality. The wire is nice and fine and the points are extremely sharp. They hold up well to larger fish should you hook them.
One snag with the Savage Gear Fry 35, though, is that there are six sharp barbs in a very short space. If a small perch engulfs the lure (or even a larger chub or trout) it can be tricky to get the hooks out. To make unhooking easier, I've crushed down the barbs and converted the trebles to doubles, which has seemingly made little difference to my catch rate with the Savage Gear Fry lures.
What patterns do they come in?
The Savage Gear Fry lures come in several colours: The Ruff version (pictured above) is beige with a brown back and small brown spots; the Smolt version looks like a baby rainbow trout smolt; the Fluo Orange one is orange, with a reddish back and some small dark bars on the flanks, while the Firetiger one is your usual firetiger green, yellow and black. For me, it's been the Ruff version that has worked best.
OK. How much?
This is the drawback. The RRP on the Savage Gear Fry lures is a rather ridiculous £8.99. Thankfully, like most RRPs, most dealers don't sell the lures for this price and discount them instead. I've picked up most of mine for between £3-6, and at that price they're worth investing in. I've found these so effective that they're one of the few crankbaits I've bought several of, just in case I lose them! Highly recommended.