Posts Tagged ‘Foam Frog’

I posted a picture of a pile of foam frogs that I made during my snow day last week… after some positive feedback that the flies did in fact look as cool as I thought they did, I decided to throw up a fly tie for them!

I didn’t invent this pattern… I don’t know who did. I was just searching on Google Image Search looking for “foam frog flies” and a photo similar to this popped up. It didn’t have tying instructions, but I have gotten good enough at fly tying that I can recreate a fly just from one picture.

That is a pretty good feeling when you are fly tying!

I love foam flies, but I haven’t found a lot that have been extremely useful; except for some tiny foam ants, beatles, and bugs. I have high hopes for this foam frog. The last foam frog pattern I tried was a flop (despite the YouTube video praising it)… but I have the feeling this one will be MUCH better.

I intend to use this fly fishing for bass around heavy cover; similar to how a spin caster would a regular old top water frog. I didn’t tie weed guards on this fly, but they could easily be added.


Hook: Mustad C52S BLN Size 2 (although if I had a fly shop closer, I would probably get a larger hook…)

Body: Sheet foam with sticky backs, red and green

Tail: Red Marabou

Underbody: Red Chenille Cord

Legs: Rubber Legs (I prefer a stiffer leg)

Eyes: Googly Craft Eyes

Step 1:

Cut two equal size pieces of craft foam about 3 inches by 3/4 inch. Remove tape on both pieces and stick back to back.

(The only tape measure I had handy was the one in my fly vest… that is a little rusty. Sorry…)

Step 2:

Run the hook through the foam; with the red piece of foam toward the eye of the hook.

Step 3:

Put hook in vise and tie on thread behind foam. I find it much easier to keep foam in the horizontal position for most of the tie.

Step 4:

Add marabou tail at the end of the hook shank. After it is secure, I half hitch the thread to seal it off and remove it.

Step 5:

Push the foam body over the newly wrapped thread. Reattach thread at eye of hook and work back to foam.

Step 6:

Tie in chenille cord at the foam.

Step 7:

Wrap chenille cord forward to about 3 head spaces short of the eye. Secure chenille to hook and remove excess.

Step 8:

Tie in several long strands of rubber legs using a figure 8 tie. I like to tie it in right on top of the end of the chenille cord. Make sure that your legs will stretch well beyond the end of the fly (I like having them end about where the tail ends).

Step 9:

Rotate foam vertically and carefully pinch down. Be careful not to scratch the foam on the hook point!

Step 10:

Carefully start wrapping the thread around the foam to hold it together and form the head of the fly… this is above and by far the most difficult part. The first couple wraps should be light, and each wrap should get tighter. I like to make two wraps at a time; then carefull add pressure to the thread to pull it tight to the hook shank. I will do this 6-10 times as needed. Be very careful not to break your thread as you apply the pressure! (If you do break your thread, you can reattach right over the top of the thread; just make sure you give youself several wraps before applying pressure again, and make sure the broken end is secure under the new wraps). Secure the thread with 2-3 half hitches and remove thread.

Step 11:

Trim the top and bottom parts of the head so they are even. The “lips” should form a nice “V” pattern.

Step 12:

Foam flies always have a habit of rotating around the hook shank; or at least mine do. I like to secure the foam body to the hook shank by apply a “healthy” amount of supper glue to the back of the foam body. I apply glue directly to the hook shank on both sides of the fly; inside the foam body.

Step 13:

Apply craft eyes to the top of the head. I like to use a drop of super glue here too; to help secure the eyes to the fly.

Step 14:

Using a Sharpie, add black spots to the body of the fly. I like to add spots to the top and the bottom of the fly.

Also, make sure that the eye of the hook is centered in the fly’s mouth. If it is not, you can apply gentle pressure to the body and the hook eye to adjust the location.

After this, just tie on to your favorite bass fly rod and hit the water!

Or wait until the spring, and then hit the water…

That might be more productive!

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…Or what I did with my snow day from work.

Okay, this and a TON of other flies.

There wasn’t much to do today…

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