2016 Fly Swap – TFO5wt’s Foam Hopper

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Submitted by message board member TFO5wt. Here are his notes:

Foam Hopper

Hook: TMC 2312 size 6
Thread: Olive Uni 8/0 (smaller thread creates better abdomen segments and it’s all superglued in the end)
Body: 2 mm thin foam (green in this case) and 2 mm thin foam (yellow) for indicator. Cut two green strips approximately width of hook gap and 1 1/4 the length of hook for under and over body. Cut a chunk of yellow the same width and 1/2 the hook length.
Legs: Back are small green foam strips (slivers really) and front are barred olive rubber legs
Wing: yellow Puglisi EP fibers (craft fur, Antron, poly, etc)

Pictures of materials, various steps, and finished views: http://imgur.com/a/Qhrg3

1. Wrap thread to bend of hook
2. Cut the last 1/4 of green foam strips in a triangle for tail. Tie both on hook bend just after end of triangle.
3. Lift up strips and wrap thread 3-4 wraps forward, then wrap secure underbody foam strip, repeat twice to form segmented abdomen with three sections. Stop just a bit forward of the half way point on hook.
4. Tie in each foam leg slivers on top of tied down underbody abdomen foam strip for back legs(these will be sandwiched between two body segments)
5. Tie in second foam strip (overbody) over foam legs
6.Tie in wing material on top of underbody/leg/overbody sandwich
7. Tie in yellow foam piece for indicator on top of wing/leg/body sandwich
8. Lift foam and wrap forward to create thorax section (roughly 2/3 the size of abdomen)
9. Tie down underbdy foam strip
10. Tie in rubber legs
11. Tie down overbody and indicator foam strips to create another foam sandwich
12. Lift remaining unsecured foam (head), wrap to the hook eye, and whip finish
13. Use a dab of superglue gel to stick three foam strips in head together. Cut to foam strips to make even head.
14. Use another dab of superglue to stick tail sections together.
15. Use a small bead of superglue on the underside to secure thread to hook.

Some notes on the bug: Overall body size can be changed (longer, fatter, slimmer, etc) without changing hook size. I also tie this in two-tone yellow underbody and green overbody, and tan. All work. Back legs create a great profile and stability. It always lands and rides correctly. When tying don’t worry about top of bug not staying completely centered on hook, just make sure underbody is not twisting and staying centered. Fish see the bottom not the top. It floats like a cork, just grease the wing from time to time. Hang on cause it gets hammered.

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