Foam Bodies for Fly Tying has become very popular and in this tutorial you will learn how to make your own out of craft foam.
This Fly Tying Tutorial is by Modern Fly Tyer and flyfishingforbluegill.com with Mike Mehrle demonstrating how to do this really simple task that may help save you money.
Mike uses a spray adhesive to glue his 3 inch square foam pieces together, he advises that you purchase a higher quality spray adhesive from like Lowes or Home Depot rather than the cheaper adhesives that you can find at the craft stores.
Mike also advises that you don’t buy the thicker spray adhesive, that is over kill, all you need is the thinner stuff, that will work just fine on these Foam Bodies.
Making these Foam Bodies is really fairly easy but can be time consuming, but in the end you will have plenty of prepared foam squares that you should be able to save some money, seeing how buying the pre-made Foam Bodies can be expensive.
Another tip mentioned in this tutorial is to use a cap from another spray can to place your foam squares on when spraying the adhesive, this will make picking them up easier and you won’t have to worry about the squares sticking to the over spray that you will undoubtedly have.
Once these foam squares are all glues together then you will need to sandwich them between two 3 inch squares of wood or something that you can attach a clamp to and let sit over night.
Once dried completely you can take the clamp off and remove the layered 3 inch foam square, and then punch out the little Foam Bodies with a 1/4 inch hole punch (can be purchased at any craft store), you probably could get hundreds of little bodies out of one square if you want to.
Now you have several little Foam Bodies to work with, you can do them in many different colors too!