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Foam Caterpillar

Foam Caterpillar

HookCurved emerger hook size 2-8
Tying threadBlack 8/0
BodyFoam cylinder, colors like tan, brown, green, olive
DotsMatching color(s) (waterproof marker)
HackleDry fly saddle hackle, grizzly, brown, dun
HeadBlack (waterproof marker)

Tying instructions

  1. Start the thread in the rear of the hook
  2. Tie in the hackle
  3. Cut a shallow slit in the foam cylinder
  4. Add superglue to the hook shank (optional)
  5. Pass the slit over the hook shank
  6. Pass the thread over the foam and tie down
  7. Wrap the thread forwards in tight open turns, creating clear segmentation in the foam
  8. Add colored dots in a regular pattern to the segments using markers
  9. Wrap the hackle in the grooves formed by the thread
  10. Tie down hackle and foam and whip finish under the foam
  11. Cut surplus thread, foam and hackle
  12. Varnish
  13. Mark the head black

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