funwithfoam3Guest Blogger: Jonathan M. Lagasse

Have you longed for pure joy of a top water take but cringe at the thought of droppingĀ $60 on a dry fly cape? I found myself wanting… craving the visual euphoria that is induced by a dry being slurped under by a hungry fish, but couldn’t bring myself to open my wallet to do so. Nonetheless the itch needed to be scratched and so I needed other means to fish on top. The search began like any reasonable person in their early 30’s, I googled it, and was promptly introduced to foam. Now I’m sure that’s a dirty word to some folks, but for me it was music to my ears. We don’t have a traditional fly shop in my neck of the woods, so off to the Mart of Wally (Gasp again, I know). I purchased 50 sheets of craft foam for $4.99, and a 99 cent spinner bait that had a very nice round rubber stranded skirt. The foam beetle is a very popular pattern and is for the most part one color so I decided to start there. I’ll get this out of the way now.

Materials

Funwithfoam 1Start by laying a thread base down and wrap it all the way to, and slightly down the bend of the hook. Then lay a 1/4 inch of your foam strip on the bend/rear of the hook and secure first with a loose wrap and wrap slightly tighter with subsequent wraps to lash the foam down with out the thread cutting it. After a few tight wraps to bring any loose foam from your tie in down, you’re ready to apply your dubbing. I personally like Hairline Ice Dub, i think that the sparkle gives the fly some life and definitely gets it noticed but again experiment and make the fly according to what works for you. Wrap your dubbing noodle to about 2 mm from the eye of the hook. Next pull your foam forward toward the eye of the hook and secure it in front of the dubbing with the same loose wrap followed by tighter wraps technique from before. To form a head you must fold the foam back over itself but do some from the eye of the hook and not your lash point in from of the dubbing. This will leave you with a small horseshoe shape of foam in front of your tie point. Now wrap your thread over the folded foam in the same spot you ended your dubbing without ripping the foam. Your doubled over foam will form a head which leaves the hook eye slightly exposed. Attach a 2 inch piece of black rubber leg material to each side of the fly, whip finish and trim the excess foam to length and apply glue to the throat to weld it all together.

fun with foam 4 copyA fun variation is a notch out of the “wing” piece to give the effect of wings on top of the fly. First and foremost, have fun with the fly. You can add bright colored legs, multiple legs, a tail even. HAVE FUN, ITS FOAM! My personal favorite variation is a bumble bee pattern using yellow foam and alternating sections of black and yellow ice dub for the abdomen. This fly will flat out catch fish. I have personally landed bluegil, bass and browns on this fly in New York but I have sent them as far south as Georgia and as far west as North Dakota and people have even taken carp on them, and you can to. Tie them, share them and importantly show people how to fly fish using them. The first time you see a bluegil smack one it takes you back to being 4 years old and watching a bobber drop for the first time. The tug is the drug friends.

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