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.
Top Tips for the Foam Daddy
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.