If you've fished in the West in the past decade or so, you've no doubt used foam flies. Probably to great effect, too. These days you can hardly look in any fly bin and not see foam flies. They're everywhere and for good reason. They're durable, extremely bouyant, and can be cut and shaped to many different shapes you otherwise wouldn't get with other materials.
Tying foam flies can be a lot of fun. There are so many things you can do with it. Few materials and techniques allow you to be as creative as foam does. Endless avenues to explore...
Fly tyer, guide and angler Andrew Grillos is no stranger to foam patterns. You've probably heard of and fished some of his patterns such as the Hippie Stomper (pictured here), Pool Toy, Foam Dome, Fat Caddis and Hamburgler. These and more are tied commercially by Umpqua Feather Merchants. Andrew has traveled the globe fishing and guiding for trout and steelhead, and his flies are deadly on the trout in Southwest Montana. Check out his website for more info on him.
Andrew will be in the shop on February 15th to teach a class on Advanced Foam Fly Tying. This class runs from 12 - 3pm and will cost $50. Space is limited to six people. If you want to brush up on your foam techniques this is not one to miss. Give the shop a call or stop in if you want to find out more.