Originally Posted by rvc
Thanks for the responses guys. I appreciate the two links and the input in general.
Mudbug's two semiseal flies look like a good way to go, although I'll try the others first. It appears there is only one layer of foam on both of them. Is the foam tied on as one would do for a foam spider? I've seen the John Rohner tutorial for his semiseal leach. Is the semiseal dubbing all there is for the body under the foam or have you thickened it up a bit with something else?
That's a great picture, by the way. Don't think I've seen foam that intensely red.
If you have seen the simi seal vid then this may make sense to you.
I tie on the tail just like he does.
Then I cut the corners off the back end of the foam, not quite making a point. This is to tie it in at the tail tie in point.
Then I dub in the simi seal for the body.
At the point where I tie off the dubbing I tie in the neck of the foam.
Then pull up the front and build a little dam to hold the lip up.
Cut the foam where it looks good.
The little orange spot is just me experimenting with a way to stiffen up the front lip.
There is nothing under the dubbing, I just didn't pick it out as much as I would if it was a leach. This makes it a thicker body like a chenille body on a standard gurgler. I just pick out enough so it kind of acts like the hackle on a standard gurgler.
BTW, I tied that one on a wet fly hook (heavier wire), this means that it will dive a bit more when popped. I also do them on a dry fly hook so there is more of a top ride when popping it.
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Here is another version I have had luck with. I call it a Simi Seal Frogler.
Same as the others, I just use those plastic Damsel eyes in front a tie in two tails.
Again, this is the first one I tied, I have refined it a bit since then.
Just a few nights ago I had a big Bluegill want one of these so bad that I actually heard a giant *Sluuuurp* when he took it.