Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Dron’s Buggy Foam Salmonfly
By Dron Lee


HOOK: Ahrex NS150 #8
THREAD: Semperfli Brown Waxed thread 8/0
BODY: Semperfli Flat Foam 3.5mm
DUBBING: Orange dubbing
LEGS: Semperfli Crystal Stretch
WINGS: Japanese Wing, rusty colour
INNER WINGS: Krystal Flash
TAIL: Biot
HEAD: Mono eyes
ANTENNA: Pheasant tail fibers

STEP 1: Start by clamping a small sewing needle, needle-eye backwards, into your vice. This will serve as a spine for building up the thorax and abdomen.

STEP 2: Push a 1.5” piece of orange flat foam through the needle.

STEP 3: Tie in a pair of biot. Turkey, goose or synthetics all work fine. First, tie them in behind the foam facing forwards to build strength. Then pull them backwards and secure them in place with a few thread wraps.

STEP 4: Pinch the foam together and lock it in place with a few thread wraps.

STEP 5: Secure the underside of the thorax and abdomen with thread. Keep your thread wraps uniform to maintain a good profile on the body of the fly.

STEP 6: Add your orange dubbing over top of the foam body.

STEP 7: Once you secure the fly’s tail, add a few more wraps of the thread to lock it in place.

STEP 8: Tie your wing in above the upper foam.

STEP 9: Fold the wing back and lock it down with a few more thread wraps.

STEP 10: Work your thread up the abdomen of the body creating distinct segments. Once you reach the desired length tie off with a whip finish and a dab of super glue or resin.

STEP 11: Once dry, pull the abdomen off the needle. Make a hole in the bottom foam and thread your hook through the opening. Lay down some thread wraps on the bare hook for grip.

STEP 12: Tie in a piece of rubber band on top of the hook shank. Foam would work as well. This will give the thorax some height.

STEP 13: Secure the abdomen by tying down the bottom foam using segments to give it a continuous, even look.

STEP 14: Apply dubbing to the thread, then cover the bottom of the thorax. Next, lock in the top foam and wing material using the segments as a guide for your thread.

STEP 15: Make a hole in a black piece of Semper Flat Foam and push it over the eye of the hook.

STEP 16: Secure the foam around the eye of the hook.

STEP 17: Trim the upper thorax foam, which is the orange body foam, and secure while shaping the thorax. Be sure to leave a nub so you can shape the head nicely.

STEP 18: Poke a hole in the foam and insert the pheasant tail antenna.

STEP 19: Shape and tie down the antenna as you like.

STEP 20: Tie in eyes and trim any excess mono.

STEP 21: Fold back the wing material and work the thread backwards over the segments. Then, tie in the hind legs.

STEP 22: Work the thread forwards via the segments and tie in the front legs.

STEP 23: Add a little flash around the head, and just behind the antenna.

STEP 24: Add dubbing over the tie in points for the flash to create the neck.

STEP 25: Tie down the black foam head behind the eyes. Make sure the antennae are sticking out properly and not squished. Then, tie in a pair of wings behind the front legs.

STEP 26: Fold the wings back and add some more dubbing around the neck.

STEP 27: Lay the black foam down and add a few thread wraps to secure it in place. This also helps form the neck area segment.

STEP 28: Trim foam and whip finish. Violla! Now head to the river and catch some fish with the prettiest foam bug on the river.

Photography by

 Dron Lee