Video: How to Secure Foam on Top of a Hook

Patterns that feature large pieces of foam—grasshoppers, Chubby Chernobyls, and the like—present a challenge for tiers: the foam wants to rotate around the hook shank. In this week’s One-Minute Tying Tips video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler teaches you how to lock the foam in place via a series of counterwraps. By reversing the thread twice, you make it so that the thread is pulling in both directions at once, keeping the foam from rotating. It’s a simple, elegant solution that you can use whenever you’re tying with foam.

Note the thread going in the opposite direction from normal.

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