McFly Foam Frog

McFly Foam Frog

hook Mustad stinger
hook size(s)  
thread olive, flat waxed nylon
legs McFly foam, olive or pale yellow
body olive McFly foam, tied and packed as you would deer hair
eyes wiggle eyes
legs front legs – rubber hackle

notes: Instructions: 1. Start at hook bend, tie in weed guard, advance thread back to start of bend. 2. McFly foam naturally separates in to bunches about 3/8″ in diameter. This is just right for tying this frog. But now, we want to tie in the legs, so separate a strip of foam about 3/16″ in diameter by 4″ long, fold in half and tie an overhand knot at the midpoint of each half. This will form the knee joints. Now tie another overhand knot at about 1/4″ from each end of strip. These knots will form feet. 3. Strip is already folded in half, so tie in at start of bend. Tie in by fold point and adjust spread of legs with figure eight wraps. 4. Start tying in bunches of McFly Foam for the body. Once again, this is accomplished as if using deer hair, but both McFly Foam and wool are much easier to handle than deer hair. Build body to hook eye. 5. Trim to shape. 6. Eyes: cut one wiggle eye in half horizontally, glue one half eye back-to-back to a whole eye. Cover open side of half eye with a layer of Duco or other glue. These eyes are used for flotation as well as looks. Snip out recess to fit back side of eyes and glue in place. 7. Tie in weedguard at eye of hook. 8. Add markings as needed with permanent marker. Adjust colors as needed to match local frogs. Color can vary widely, and species vary from lake to lake. I use colors from yellow to brown to green.

submitted by: Ron Griffith at rgriff@bscn.com