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AL trout bum
06-22-2012, 02:15 PM
What are your favorite foam patterns? I have a ton of foam sheets and all I know to tie with them is hoppers, beetles, or stealth bombers. They are the standard 2mm sheets in about a gazillion colors.
Thanks!

Troutman
06-22-2012, 02:41 PM
I tie a lot with foam also. Lots of stealths especially. I tie a hopper pattern called the "thunder thigh" hopper that is fairly easy but looks and works great.
http://hopperfishing.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/improved-thunder-thighs-hopper-tutorial/ lots of color variations you can use and its a trout, smallmouth or bream fly
I also like to tie one of Kent's other patterns for bream called the "Tokyo spider"
http://www.flyfishga.com/spider.htm

AL trout bum
06-22-2012, 04:33 PM
I tie a lot with foam also. Lots of stealths especially. I tie a hopper pattern called the "thunder thigh" hopper that is fairly easy but looks and works great.
http://hopperfishing.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/improved-thunder-thighs-hopper-tutorial/ lots of color variations you can use and its a trout, smallmouth or bream fly
I also like to tie one of Kent's other patterns for bream called the "Tokyo spider"
http://www.flyfishga.com/spider.htm

Thanks Gary! I am really digging that thunder thighs hopper. To create the two-tone foam, is there a "best" way to glue two foam sheets together?

Troutman
06-22-2012, 05:25 PM
Thanks Gary! I am really digging that thunder thighs hopper. To create the two-tone foam, is there a "best" way to glue two foam sheets together?

I've tried superglues but now use the craft foam glue and find it works best. available at hobby lobby, joanns, michaels. Be sure to spread it ,thin like butter on toast!, and let it sit for 20 mins before pressing together. it will be tacky. I usually cut out the 2 colors I want to make and glue a 6" x 8" sections together, place a heavy book over it it and let dry overnight. do several color combos. I bought a hopper pattern cutter to punch out perfect bodies now but previously used a ruler and a razor blade to cut out 1/4" or 1/8" wide strips. The thunder thigh legs, I tried gluing two different colors together but found it is much easier to just cut out a lighter color and use a prismacolor marker to make the top edge darker. I use flexifloss for the legs, rubber legs tend to break when you tighten down on the knot when tying onto the foam thighs.

http://www.michaels.com/Aleene%E2%80%99s%C2%AE-FunCraft%E2%84%A2-Foam-Glue/gc0361,default,pd.html?start=59&cgid=products-generalcrafts-aleenes

AL trout bum
06-22-2012, 07:20 PM
Cool. I borrowed a friend's cutter and have already cut the sheets into sz8 and 10 hoppers. So I will have to glue them together as cut outs. Thanks for the help.

Last question I promise, do you tie the Todd's Wiggle Minnow? Is there a tutorial on here?

AL trout bum
06-22-2012, 09:34 PM
Ok, I found a decent one. Kinda lost on one part though. Look at step 12, it says to cut the cylinder all the way, but it seems that the front part (by the eye) isn't cut on the end. Also, what makes the hump in the fly?

http://www.hatchesmagazine.com/page/month/331

milligan trout degree
06-22-2012, 09:58 PM
Ok, I found a decent one. Kinda lost on one part though. Look at step 12, it says to cut the cylinder all the way, but it seems that the front part (by the eye) isn't cut on the end. Also, what makes the hump in the fly?

http://www.hatchesmagazine.com/page/month/331

The hook makes the curve of the fly. I use gama b10s hooks.I've tied them both with cuts all the way down and with leaving the top portion uncut and sliding the hook eye through. I almost always use the latter method now if for no other reason than I think it looks better. I believe the original left the front uncut. Also, the tutorial you posted says to leave the front uncut. steps 7 and 10 explain it well.

AL trout bum
06-22-2012, 10:07 PM
The hook makes the curve of the fly. I use gama b10s hooks.I've tied them both with cuts all the way down and with leaving the top portion uncut and sliding the hook eye through. I almost always use the latter method now if for no other reason than I think it looks better. I believe the original left the front uncut. Also, the tutorial you posted says to leave the front uncut. steps 7 and 10 explain it well.

Thanks for the help. Looks like I need to place a hook order!

AL trout bum
06-26-2012, 01:59 PM
What all can be used as a wing for hoppers? Deer body hair seems to be the most common. Anything other than hair?

AL trout bum
06-28-2012, 11:09 PM
First attempt at a thunder thigh variant....
http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k534/mrl0004/thunderthighhoppercopy.jpg

MadisonBoats
06-29-2012, 06:08 AM
What are your favorite foam patterns? I have a ton of foam sheets and all I know to tie with them is hoppers, beetles, or stealth bombers. They are the standard 2mm sheets in about a gazillion colors.
Thanks!

Some techniques I have tried are:


Wrapping the foam around the shank and adding hackle.
Folding over body hackle back to front of hook.
Tying floating worm bodies, wrapping with wire and small hackle.

AL trout bum
06-29-2012, 01:11 PM
Cool. Thanks!

Troutman
06-29-2012, 05:08 PM
Heres another great craft foam body fly that is very easy and can be tied in a multitude of colors. A "UT orange" gurgler in a size 8 works well for bream I guess an "Auburn orange" would work as well!
A great fly that started out as a saltwater pattern but adapts in size for bream and bass sizes. I know a local bass guide that has lots of action with smallies on a white gurgler.
There are several ways to tie this. some people make them very simple , others add eyes and legs. I really like the way this one is tied with the foam body for extra floatation. These cast like a bullet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moQt5HfropE&feature=related

DarrinG
06-30-2012, 05:09 PM
A couple years ago I found a foam hopper pattern tied by Juan Ramirez called the "Hopper Juan". It's a fairly simple tie and very durable...and catches fish. I've landed tailwater trout on it, to brookies in the mountains to bluegills in the warm water. Its fantastic.

Here is a link to Juan's blog which details the tying steps:

http://hopperjuan.blogspot.com/2009/05/hopper-juan-tying-steps.html

A few specks that liked the Hopper Juan:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Trout/9-29-10-X005.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v631/DarrinG/Trout/9-29-10-X002.jpg

Stonefly
07-01-2012, 06:22 PM
Juan is on my regular reading list. His site has a lot of good ties.

steve

AL trout bum
07-01-2012, 11:29 PM
I have seen the Hopper Juan, but have yet to attempt it. I've already tied so many hoppers, I need to wait until I lose some before I tie more. Because trust me, I will lose some! :redface:

Wade Blevins
07-03-2012, 11:39 AM
What all can be used as a wing for hoppers? Deer body hair seems to be the most common. Anything other than hair?

Flex seal turkey feather was the most common for years to produce a wing look but it just doesn't hold up to the fish like flat foam will, Elk hair, Strike indicator material, packing peanuts...use your imagination. If it floats and is somewhat durable it can probably be applied.

AL trout bum
07-03-2012, 01:44 PM
Flex seal turkey feather was the most common for years to produce a wing look but it just doesn't hold up to the fish like flat foam will, Elk hair, Strike indicator material, packing peanuts...use your imagination. If it floats and is somewhat durable it can probably be applied.

Yea, I am going to try some with some poly pro I bought. I am also starting to incorporate a flat foam underwing. Before I had some shiny sheer ribbon material. I have ordered some wing material that I will cut and try out as well for the underwing. I think I am going to stick to polypro or deer hair for now.