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 Post subject: Sinking foam flie
PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:45 pm • # 1 
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I tied up some foam hoppers (size 14) today and took them out this evening for some bluegill. The hopper would hit the water and would stay on the surface for about 2 or 3 quick jerks. After that, the fly would ride about 2 inches under the water. I’m using normal craft foam sheets (2 mm) for the hopper body and the hook is a regular dry fly hook. It seems like the fly is getting water logged and trying to sink, but it’s closed cell foam so I’m not sure how that would happen. Has anyone else run into this issue before? If so, what did you do to fix it.

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Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Sinking foam flie
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:34 am • # 2 
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The only time I've had problems with my flies sinking is when I used fluorocarbon leaders. Unfortunately, that's all I got!


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 Post subject: Re: Sinking foam flie
PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:42 pm • # 3 
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Is your hook and thread heavier than the foam portion ?


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 Post subject: Re: Sinking foam flie
PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:28 pm • # 4 
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Have had that happen many times, especially when the pattern has you compress the foam a lot or there's little foam to start with. In the end it's all about density so try lighter hooks, fewer wraps of thread, more foam, etc, Also, floatant can help with one's that are struggling.


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 Post subject: Re: Sinking foam flie
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:42 pm • # 5 
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Thanks for the input. I’ll order some lighter weight hooks and try adding some more foam(add an indicator on top) and ee what happens. I’ll probably try to add some deer hair as well.


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