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How to Tie Foam Daddy

Fix a short shank hook in the vice and run the thread halfway along the shank. Using a lighter melt one end of a foam cylinder to form a point.

Fix a short shank hook in the vice and run the thread halfway along the shank. Using a lighter melt one end of a foam cylinder to form a point.

Position the foam cylinder on top of the shank and catch it in just past its mid-point. Secure in place with further tight thread turns.
Position the foam cylinder on top of the shank and
catch it in just past its mid-point. Secure in place with
further tight thread turns.
Wind the tying thread onto the hook shank, under the forward facing end of the foam. Create a pheasant tail leg with two knots.
Wind the tying thread onto the hook shank, under the
forward facing end of the foam. Create a pheasant tail
leg with two knots.
Produce another five legs using overhand knots to form the joints. Split the six legs into two equal bunches then add either side of the body.
Produce another five legs using overhand knots
to form the joints. Split the six legs into two equal
bunches then add either side of the body.
Select two matching grizzle cock hackles and strip away the fibres from the stems to leave two points. Catch them in either side of the body.
Select two matching grizzle cock hackles and strip
away the fibres from the stems to leave two points.
Catch them in either side of the body.
Fold the ends of the hackle stems over and bind them down with thread turns. Select a large CdC plume and catch it in by its tip
Fold the ends of the hackle stems over and bind them
down with thread turns. Select a large CdC plume and
catch it in by its tip
Apply a pinch of tan dubbing and use it to form the thorax. Next, take hold of the CdC plume by its base and wind on two or three turns.
Apply a pinch of tan dubbing and use it to form the
thorax. Next, take hold of the CdC plume by its base
and wind on two or three turns.
Secure the CdC hackle at the eye then trim off the waste. With the thread at the eye draw the end of the foam over the thorax and secure.
Secure the CdC hackle at the eye then trim off the
waste. With the thread at the eye draw the end of the
foam over the thorax and secure.
Cast off the thread at the eye with a secure whip finish then trim the end of the foam to leave a small head. Pinch off any stray CdC fibres.
Cast off the thread at the eye with a secure whip
finish then trim the end of the foam to leave a small
head. Pinch off any stray CdC fibres.

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Top Tips for the Foam Daddy

  1. Shape end of body before tying in foam cylinder so length of finished body is easy to judge and mistakes remedied before tying whole fly.
  2. Don’t be tempted to use strong ultra-fine thread when working with foam – it’s easy to pull too hard and cut through the foam. Instead, use a normal 70-denier thread that lays flat.
  3. When using body feathers such as CdC, as a hackle, they are best caught in by their tip rather than their base. This is because the stem is much thicker and less pliable than those of cock and hen hackles.
  4. When using a detached body for a fly such as this Daddy Longlegs, match it with a wide gaped hook with a relatively short shank. This will improve the fly’s hooking and holding rate.
  5. When tying hackle-point wings it’s important that the feathers are the same width. The easiest way to achieve this is to take them from the same part of the cape.

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