How to Tie Foam Fly Rod Lures

How to Tie Foam Fly Rod Lures
Foam fly rod lures are perhaps the simplest to understand and tie of all the fly rod lures. An excellent choice for the beginner attempting to tie their own flies, foam attractors require few materials and only a short amount of time. Foam fly rod lures are great when fishing for panfish such as crappie, sun fish, and shell crackers.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3/8 inch wide foam (1/8 inch thick) chenille thread (or other fuzzy yarn type thread) black thread for tying rubber legs #12 fly hook fly tying vise small scissors
  • 3/8 inch wide foam (1/8 inch thick)
  • chenille thread (or other fuzzy yarn type thread)
  • black thread for tying
  • rubber legs
  • #12 fly hook
  • fly tying vise
  • small scissors
 
Step 1
Attach a #12 dry fly hook in the fly tying vise. The hook should be positioned in the vise with the bend of the hook in the jaws of the vise and the shank or long portion of the hook on top.
Step 2
Place the black thread along the shank of the hook and begin wrapping the thread at the eye and work down to just above the bend of the hook. Make tight and concentric turns with the thread.
Step 3
Cut one end of the foam to form a point. Place the foam on the shank of the hook with the point just above the bend and facing toward the eye. Wrap the point of the foam securely to the shank with the black thread.
Step 4
Wrap the chenille thread around the shank of the hook beginning at the point of the foam. Secure the thread with black thread and wrap the chenille all the way up to the eye of the hook. Secure once again with the black thread.
Step 5
Fold the foam up toward the eye of the hook which will place it over the top of the chenille thread on the shank. Secure the foam below the eye with the black thread.
Step 6
Wrap a rubber leg or two to three inch piece of small diameter rubber once around the body of the fly so that both ends of the rubber end up on the same side of the fly. Secure with several turns of black thread. Repeat the process with another piece of rubber to form the legs on the other side of the fly. Wrap the legs securely.
Step 7
Finish the foam fly by tying a series of two to three over hand knots and pull down securely. Cut the thread with the scissors, trim the rubber legs to matching length, and the final step is to cut the large foam body of the fly just at the eye of the hook.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Use matching or contrasting color foam and legs to add interest and variety to the fly pattern. Bend the barb of the hook down with pliers or the jaws of the vise to make catch and release easier.
 
Use matching or contrasting color foam and legs to add interest and variety to the fly pattern.
 
Bend the barb of the hook down with pliers or the jaws of the vise to make catch and release easier.
 
Use caution when handling small hooks as they are typically honed very sharp from the manufacturer.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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