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Foam for Gurglers


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#1 walpy

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 04:50 PM

I want to try and tie up some Gurglers (because they look fun)...

I don't know what thickness of foam sheets I should buy? I see 2mm through 1" thickness in online stores.

Thanks!



#2 mvendon

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 05:14 PM

Hi walpy,

 

 Peter Frailey came up with a Gurgle pop that's along the same lines. His step by step is  here with all of the info for the materials to tie it. 

 

Regards,

                 Mark



#3 petelangevin

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:13 PM

Jack Gartside used 2mm, feel free to use 1mm
Doubled or tripled. But 2-4mm all work fine. I get my foam everywhere. Walmart- amazon- craft shops And fly shops too

#4 vicente

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:27 PM

I just buy mine from Michael's, cheap lots of colors works fine.

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:02 PM

I love using Gurgler's for panfish and bass; they work great, are fast and easy to tie, and are super cheap.  

 

All I've ever used is foam sheets from either Wal-mart or the big craft stores, 2mm. 

 

A while back, I accidentally bought a big variety pack of foam sheets with adhesive on one side, but was pleasantly surprised when I found out that two sheets will hold together surprisingly well when the two sticky sides are put together.  Great for creating a thicker foam sheet as well as creating layered colors on one fly.  



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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:43 PM

Michael's is only about 2 miles from me, so I get all my foam from them.  Problem with Walmart is they usually only have assortment packs. of 6 by 9" sheets.  Many color you may not use.  Michael's sells a 12 by 18" sheet of 2mm for about a buck, and you can get the colors you want.  It's even cheaper with a coupon.  ALWAYS use a coupon when shopping at Michael's or Joann Fabrics.  


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:47 PM

Pretty  much what everyone else said.   I get mine at craft stores.  Much cheaper than at a fly shop.  I use mostly 2 mm or 3 mm foam.  I catch most fish when I use gurglers with either white or yellow.   I've had some issues with sticky back foam when making two tone flies.  I've had the foam separate a few times when wrapping it down on the hook.  


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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:05 PM

If you're okay with 1mm foam ... you can usually find packages of several colors at Dollar Tree.


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#9 petelangevin

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:10 PM

Cheech from fly fish food has a great video on gluing closed cell foam. Its really easy

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 08:18 AM

I catch most fish when I use gurglers with either white or yellow.   

 

Green works well for me, as well as white and yellow. 

 

I tied some up with red and had one really good day with them, but it was only that one day, for some reason.  They never did well again.  Strange



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 09:00 AM

I'll agree with everybody else about micheals or craft store foam. Buy the single sheets for a buck as the variety packs seem to be thinner. In not sure how thick the single sheets are but I don't think they are quite 2MM but they are close enough. I fish a lot of gurglers and I've never felt a need to double or glue multiple sheets together. I do tie hoppers where I glue three sheets together. No need to over think it, simply super glue the pieces together as needed.

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#12 tjm

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Posted 25 January 2020 - 10:10 AM

https://www.jackgart...tep_gurgler.htm

Jack said to use foam at least 1/8" thick and that is I think about 3mm. but I use stuff from Walmart or Dollar Tree that is 2 mm and they catch bass in my creek. I don't think color matters much so mine are white, more visible to me in low light.



#13 DarrellP

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 05:41 AM

For larger gurgler I use foam "door hangers" from Walmart. Yellow is my primary color.
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#14 denduke

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Posted 26 January 2020 - 05:08 PM

Foam is fun and the sky is the limit! Ive made frogs, turtles, hoppers, divers, stoneflies shrimp(gurglers), etc. You could do searches.
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#15 walpy

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Posted 29 January 2020 - 08:12 AM

Thanks guys! Really appreciate the help & info!

 

I'll make a pit stop at Michaels when I'm out running errands this week for sure.