Laminating Foam

By Mike Hogue

One of the most popular new flies to emerge from out West is the club sandwich. This fly is a layered fly made of a stack of 4 colors of fly foam and is made to imitate hoppers and salmon flies ( ie Western Stoneflies). The design itself is very good. And learning how to layer foam offers several new ideas which are useful to the fly tier. This technique can be used in constructing flies such as the chernobly ant and can be used create new types of such as foil backed foam and furry foam bounded to sheet foam. You can also bound feathers such as quill to the foam as well.

\To begin with layering is simply stacking foam. Or making a sandwich of foam. You can layer foam by using pressing together sheets of self stick foam. These sheets have a paper back which you peel off. Then you press the glue side to a "good" side or finish side. After you have a stack of two colors, then you can stick another layer of foam to the earlier stack of 2 colors, creating a stack of three. You can also use solid colors to get an all brown or all black, et al.

If you cut the foam in a narrow strip and tie it sideways, (okay this sounds strange) you will have a stripe backed beetle which is really hot. ( Note: This little tip alone will cost you $5 or more from another fly shop!) If you look at the strip from the side, it will be one color. From the top down, it is 3 colors. So instead of cutting the foam to be used up and down, it is trimmed so you can use it sideways.

Gluing is pretty straight forward if you can't find the self stick sheets. I will outline at least 2 methods I know of. You are also welcome to try more if you wish. One tier uses rubber cement. He paints both sheets with the glue, than sticks them together. He puts the stack between some heavy books and lets them dry. After he has a stack, he glues several more stacks together. He uses up to 6 stacks and then punches the block out with a brass tube to get a cylinder which he uses to make bluegill poppers out of.

Another technique involves using 3M Brand's "77" which is a spray super glue used most often in mounting pictures. I should mention before you try this that "77" is a great glue and very nasty. It will stick to almost anything and it is very hard to remove if you get it on your hands. You may wish to use rubber gloves when working with this.

To use "77" spray the glue to both sides of the media you want to bond. Allow to set up and then stick the items together. Wrap or cover material with wax paper or microwave paper and press below a set of heavy books. That's it.

I have taken pearl mylar and holographic wrapping papers and bonded them to foam. When I used gold holographic mylar snow prints which when coupled with Lite Brite for a body, I got a very eye hurting and fish spanking chernobly ant. I also took pearl mylar and crunched it into a ball, then I flattened out the sheet, giving it a coarse wrinkle effect. When bounded to black foam it created an iridescent blackish green which looks very cool. I use this for my mega beetle which is contained in the latest RC Rumpf catalog and soon to be published on my web site. While I hate to give away any really great trade secrets, this is a labor intensive and pain in the butt material to make. You can bound feathers, foils, furry foam and lots of other stuff this way. You do need to spray both sides and put it below something heavy.

If you are patient and you can take the time to experiment, this will give you lots of new ideas to try out. Let me know if you come up with something cool.


Cute Story:

The Most Bizarre Customers of Mine

By some accounts I guess I am an internet pioneer. I have been on the internet selling things on my web site for about 7 years. In internet years this is about 10,000 years. Over that time I have some interesting experiences which I thought you find humorous or at least mildly interesting. You might call this the newest in reality bloopers.

My newest blooper is this. A lady from Washington state contacted me. Did I know any wig makers? It seems that she had recently cut off her pony tail and was interested in making it into a hair piece. She also wondered if I new how to seize hair. Seize hair? Is that something that Chris Helms has on his newest hair techniques video? Why all this seems so strange is that well, I'm bald. I haven't had much hair since the last time there was any real music that we actually understood ( disco ) existed. I usually get a hair cut just 3-4 times a year. So while I have lots of info on how to spin hair and tie with hair this is a bit beyond my tying skills.

All of you are welcome to contact me at any time about any subject and I will see what I can do to help out. Believe it or not one of my contacts actually sells stuff to Disney which is used in making hair pieces for the movies. So while I didn't have actual support, I referred her to another source.


Closeouts and Sale Stuff:

I am marking down some stuff. I am not able to replace this these items. Great values, nearly 50% off! Please give me your second color choice when ordering.

Autumn Lamb: Great sub for arctic fox, useful for making sheep shad type flies. Nice texture about 1- 1/2" inches in length. Colors: Black, white, gray, olive, orange, pink, yellow, blue. Was $2.50, NOW $1.50

Asian Partridge Dyed #2. Useful for making soft hackle flies, wets and bead heads. Nice textures. Colors: Black, Olive, Green, Yellow. WAS $7.50, NOW $4 each.

Yak Hair: Ideal sub for polar bear. Use on steelhead, salmon flies or tubes. Translucent. Ends are blunt and can be clipped to any size. Colors: Olive, Red, Orange, blue, purple, Rust. WAS $2.50, NOW $1.50.

Grizzly Saltwater Necks: Plain grizzly capons. Wide, webby with round tips. Nice for bass flies, can be used for saltwater and streamers. $10 each or 2 for $18.00. Buy a bunch and dye them yourself. Elsewhere $18 each.


One of my favorite vises, the Regal is scheduled for it's first price increase in about 5 years. Order the vise or any of the attachments before 9/1 to avoid a price increases. Prices will go up after 9/1 by at least $75 for the bronze base models. Current price of the bronze base model is $185. Clamp model is $135.


New Books:

Spey Flies and Dee Flies: Their History and Construction by John Shewey. Written by one of my FFF pals, this is the first and only book about Spey flies. Contains many antique patterns from Scotland as well as modern designs from Oregon. Also has section on materials, methods and how to construct these unique flies. Great photos, layout and excellent writing. I give John an A+ for this one. $45 Hardback.

Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing guide by Barry and Cathy Beck; Very nice travel guide to PA. Contains many of the top streams with a description of the streams and what to expect. Beautiful photos and great layout from one of the most famous couples in fly fishing. Price $22 PB.

Older Title Which is still Great! : Wet Flies by Dave Hughes. How to tie and fish wet flies, soft hackles, winged wets and fuzzy nymphs. If you are interested in soft hackles, this book is for you. Well written with loads of info on how to construct soft hackle flies. Discusses how to fish them. Very good. $32.95 HB


Used Vise/Demo: I have a new vise which I want to sell. I have a demo of the Mayflyer. It is a wearable vise which means you hang it around your neck. This is a perfect vise for travel or for those in tight places. Advertised on the web and in many mags. For right or left hand and it comes with a 3 lb bronze base. This vise retailed for $300 with the base new! I will sell it for $150 OBO. I used it exactly once. Vise is mint. I will swap this for an original GOLD head Regal in good shape. No knockoffs! I used to have one of those and they suck.


Wanted to Buy/Swap or Trade: My copy of Super Caddis Hatches by Carl Richards got trashed in the flood this spring and I can't find a copy since it went out of print. If you have an extra I will swap some stuff with you. Or if you know the name of the fly shop Bob Brindle ( co-author of the book) works at, it would be a big help. I think the store is located in Rockland, MI but I can't remember the name of the place. Any decent tips, I will reward with a bag of goodies.


Safety Tip: One of my favorites is climbing in the area gorges and fishing the falls. I slipped last weekend and cut my hand WIDE open, exposing more meat than a Monfort / Conagra hamburger recall. Be careful climbing and leave all the glass at home. Folks have gotten killed and injured climbing in the gorges. I may have to give up fishing in one of the gorges unless the boss is out of town.

Other tips: Some tricos hitting try local streams with lots of mud. Best bet is before is to fish between 7-10 am and catch some spinner falls. Places like Upper Fall Creek, Cortland area streams and the Owasco Inlet are good bets. Some hoppers working. Try a few blockheads or parahoppers in a 8-10-12.


As usual if you want to be deleted from this list for any reason, let me know. Hope you enjoyed this! Contact: Mike Hogue, Badger Creek Fly Tying, 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068 . 607-347-4946. Email:, Web Site: