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The Easy Foam Spider

The Foam Spider Flishing Fly A very simple terrestrial fly made from closed cell foam. I use contrasting colors in the tutorial, but any color combination can be used. Feel free to play around with the colors.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Mustad 94833 size 6-12
  • Closed cell foam
  • Black rubber legs
  • 6/0 Uni-thread
Starting the fly.

Crimp the barb of the hook and tie on the thread. Start the thread back 1/4 of the shank length from the bend and wrap forward to the middle of the shaft.

Tie in the foam

Take a strip of closed cell foam (craft foam) about 1/4 inch wide by 1 inch long, and tie it into the hook at the middle. You will need to use a few wraps to secure the foam. I spread out the wraps to give a larger color spot on top of the fly.

Add the legs

Take 2 strips of black leg material and tie it onto the top middle of the fly with 2 thread wraps. Pull the legs to the side once they are secured, and then give them a couple more wraps to tighten them down.

Finish the foam spider fly

Wrap the thread under the foam to about 1/4 of the shaft lenth from the eye. Add 2 or 3 half hitches to the hook and trim off the thread. Use a pair of scissors to trim the foam to shape.