Fly Tying Tips: The Key to Perfect Foam Fly Patterns

There’s nothing quite like throwing oversized foam patterns to get the attention of a predatory fish, no matter what species you target. The most time consuming aspect of tying foam flies is often cutting out the foam bodies which can also lead to inconsistent and irregular flies. Enter the Foam Body Cutters from River Road Creations. Made in Stevensville, Montana, these simple tools make cutting consistent foam bodies in a variety of patterns from hoppers to mice to saltwater gurglers a breeze. 

River Road Creations Foam Body Cutters

The complete set, which comes in at $54.99  includes a wooden storage caddy and a rubber cutting pad designed to extend the life of the blades. These cutters can also be ordered in individual patterns and sizes for $13.98 if the whole set is more than you need. If you plan to pick up a single cutter or two rather than a complete set, I’d highly recommend picking up a cutting pad for a few bucks.

I recently purchased the “complete set” of Tapered Chubby Chernobyl Foam Body Cutters and have not been disappointed. The specific set that I ordered, including small, medium, and large cutters, is capable of cutting foam bodies for Chubby Chernobyl style flies in sizes 2 through 12. Foam hoppers like the Chubby Chernobyl are also a great entry point for novice fly tiers since they can be tied on larger hooks and only require a handful of materials and techniques. 

Perfect Flies, Every Time

With the help of the River Road Creations Tapered Chernobyl Style Foam Body Cutters, I was able to easily cut out a dozen bodies in the matter of minutes. Best of all, the bodies are uniform in size and shape making inconsistent flies a thing of the past. I’ll certainly be picking up more patterns for all my future foam fly needs and recommend picking up a few yourself.

Article by Evan Garda on the Content Team here at Fly Lords. He can be found chasing trout throughout the west with his trusty fly rods. Check out his adventures at @evangarda.


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