Posts Tagged ‘foam flies

02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Foam, Hoppers (Platform for Droppers)

I was bumping along this morning, reading my favorite blogs (my blog roll has exceptional writers/artists/fly fishers) and noted a foam binge at the Fat Guy FF site. Alex referenced the Hopper Fishing blog and upon checking it out, it does have a perfect tutorial on how to construct foam hopper patterns.

I have all the foam. I have had good intentions. But, beyond a few crude Chernobyl’s, I have not put in the effort to tie/construct the foam floatation devices that would provide the perfect support for dropper patterns. Hoppers, Stoneflies, Damsels, Ants…there are increasing materials out there to create floating morsels.

I have recently realized I am too much of a nymph minded fisher. I tie dries and fish dries, but my mind always visualizes downward. Hence, my fly boxes are woefully short on dries and especially hoppers and stonefly dries. Foam affords the perfect insurance your pattern will float, support a dropper or the enticing silhouette for a swamping wallop.

15
Aug
09

Tony Tomsu (High & Dry…..Foam Creativity)

RIVER ROAD CREATIONS, INC.

“Initially, foam flies offended the sensibility of some fly-fishers , who favored the traditional patterns made of natural fur and feathers, Tomsu says. But because of their exceptional effectiveness, durability, ease of tying, and especially their inherent unsinkable quality—not to mention their popularity with professional fly-fishing guides around the country—foam flies have now gained widespread acceptance…..Tomsu’s company makes foam cutters to produce realistic flies in myriad sizes and patterns, from giant saltwater and bass creations to tiny mayflies for discriminating trout.”

Chernobyl Ant~Mike Johnson

Chernobyl Ant~Mike Johnson

This pattern shows the use of foam.




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