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Old 02-04-2009, 03:02 PM
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I was thinking I wanted some thicker stuff and I don't know if 5mm would cut it. The flip flop should be pretty good though. I'll check out the local dollar stores.
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Isn't those foam interlocking floor pads you put down in front of workbenches etc. made out of closed cell foam. You can get that at Home Despot. You can use an arch punch or a sharpened piece of tubing to punch out any diameter you want & it comes in a few different colors...
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Tip on cutting foam.
Get a couple diffrent sizes of copper pipe, cut into 3-5 inch lenghts, take a file and put a beveil on the front end, like you were makeing a knife blade. get some blocks of wood and drill a hole on the end and glue the other end into the wood, wood dowls work better. now you have a punch, push cutter to cut out round pieces, these can be shaped with a knife and/ or a dremel tool on a very low speed.
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I haven't had much luck using the punch method on the flip flop foam. What works best for me is to use a scroll saw. It cuts the foam like butter and leave a smooth edge. I first cut strips, then cross cut it into blocks. A few snips with scissors takes the corners off and gives a nice rounded shape. Of course if you angle your snips, you create a taper on the body.

Another cheap source of foam you may want to try is the cylindrical foam can holders/insulators. Again, you can get them cheap at the dollar store. They seem to use a softer foam than the flip flops, which may or may not work out better for your particular application.

One last suggestion, you can laminate the 5mm sheets together to create a thicker piece of foam. I usually don't mess with that, if I need a chunk, I use the flip flops.

The nice thing about tying with foam, a couple bucks of material will tie hundreds of flies. Very cost effective.
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:54 PM
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All great ideas! Maybe this will bring out some more. I need some foam that is pretty lightweight. I want to make a snake fly, if you will. I'm a huge bass fisherman, but just last year at the end of the season, I got into fly fishing. I only fished for bluegill but absolutely loved it! Well this year I want to take it up a notch and start getting the big boys. I've got some nice ponds around here that I catch 3-7lbers daily. I've always wanted to make some sort of topwater snake but never had the resources. I figured with fly fishing, I could just make one out of foam, along with some other materials, and still keep it light enough to toss on the fly line. I haven't figured it out yet, but I'll conjoin a number of pieces of foam together so that I can get a type of slithering action on the water. I don't want just one piece as it won't have much movement. In your opinions, what might be the best way of going about this? Nothing beats a topwater strike for me, and I know these bass will absolutely devour a snake-like creature. Thanks again everyone!
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I haven't had much luck using the punch method on the flip flop foam. What works best for me is to use a scroll saw. It cuts the foam like butter and leave a smooth edge. I first cut strips, then cross cut it into blocks. A few snips with scissors takes the corners off and gives a nice rounded shape. Of course if you angle your snips, you create a taper on the body.

Another cheap source of foam you may want to try is the cylindrical foam can holders/insulators. Again, you can get them cheap at the dollar store. They seem to use a softer foam than the flip flops, which may or may not work out better for your particular application.

One last suggestion, you can laminate the 5mm sheets together to create a thicker piece of foam. I usually don't mess with that, if I need a chunk, I use the flip flops.

The nice thing about tying with foam, a couple bucks of material will tie hundreds of flies. Very cost effective.
When you use the arch punch or the sharpened tubing back up the foam piece to be cut with the END of a 2x4 or 4x4. This allows the punch to sink in a little & it'll cut easier. That's a little trick I learned from a little old gasket maker.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:42 PM
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Ok I found some foam cylinders at basspro.com. They're about 1" long each. That sounds like what I'm looking for. I figure I could string some of those together and get the snake done. Now I just need to figure out the best way to attach them together. Any ideas there?
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Use a BIG sowing needle and fishing line, and glu the line with super glue right before you run it in the foam, then super glue the ends of the foam togther.
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I don't know how long a snake you have in mind, but I like to fish a snake fly myself. I actually use foam for the head, but then use some long hackles for the body. You keep the weight down, and the hackles really undulate nicely in the water. I would say my flies end up being 7 or 8 inches long, if you want something longer, you might have a tough time finding long eough hackles.

Just a thought.

If you want to stick with all foam, I think fishinbear has the right idea. I think I'd skip the superglue, just sting them on and put a knot between each cylinder. I'd leave a bit of space between the cylinders to allow them to freely move. Only potential problem I see is with the finished weight of the whole thing.

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Another source of closed cell foam can be found in hardware or gardening centers: they sell sqare pads made of the stuff used by gardeners to kneel on. I found some for 2-3$ apiece. They're about 14X6 inches. I used a piece of copper plumbing pipe that I grind to a sharp edge and punch out plugs.
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