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Those are well done.  I tied some for bass and saltwater.  Yours look better.

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On 4/1/2020 at 4:39 PM, DarrellP said:

 

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Mad Duck,

Nice job!

How do you get that multi-hump effect w/o messing up the body materials underneath? 

Thanks,

Rocco

 

 

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I use an ice chenille for the body. I tie in the tail material, then the chenille, then wrap the chenille up to just behind the eye, then tie it off. I start a wrap just forward of the bend of the hook and tie in the foam, then a set of legs a tie it off. I move up a little and tie in again. I bend the foam to where it covers the legs. I smush the foam down and around the hook and wrap it a couple of times, then tie in the smaller set of legs. Depending on the size of the hook and profile, I will tie off and make one more hump, tie off and tie on a hackle.Basically I tie in several different times and places. This keeps the segments straight and keeps the foam from rolling on the hook.

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Mad Duck, those look great! 

 

Mine are more traditional, but I like using Estaz for the  underbody & hackle tails. 3 mm foam.

 

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I tied a number of large Gurglers for Barramundi in the last few months and used them with great success in Australia last month.  They were tied on 4/0 or 5/0 beast hooks using 4mm foam.  Key components were the addition of mini rattles along the hook shank and the use of Fettuccine foam for the legs.  Additionally, I tie all my gurglers with Finn Racoon tails.  It is extremely durable and lifelike in the water.

 

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My first batch of gurglers like that did not float well at all. They still catch fish,but I wasn't getting the topwater action I was expecting. After looking at the flies, I realized that I had compressed the foam too much,negating the buoyancy of the foam. On this batch, I made the segments so the foam had a little airspace giving the fly more buoyancy. They now float like corks and have a very nice action on the water.

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You can tie on the foam at the front and totally wrap over it to the back making a round body before the Estaz wraps, hackle to increase float ability.   

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I wasn't sure whether this fits as a gurgler or a popper.  It's one of my favorite top water.   I guess it's a cross over.  With short strips it's more of a popper,  fished with a steady retrieve it has an action similar to a jitter bug;

 

 

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Philly you do some amazing things with foam.  I tried the diver and gave up...

Here’s yours

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