Here is a dead easy DIY foam cutter for hopper and other cylindrical foam bodies. It costs no more than finding an old telescopic radio aerial, a small hacksaw and a fine round metal file.
- Dismantle the aerial sections
- Choose the diameters that you will need.
- Cut a short length of 4 to 5 cm from the sections that are suitable for the sizes you want.
- Using the round file, gently file the inside of one end of each piece creating a sharp cutting edge.
- Place the cutting edge against the foam and using a little pressure and a clockwise or anticlockwise twisting motion it will cut through the foam like a hot knife through butter.
- Using something like a matchstick push the cut foam cylinder out of the cutter.
Bob’s your uncle, you now have cylindrical foam bodies of any diameter and length that you may need.
And, just for hell of it with apologies to George Gershwin who by the select wording of his wonderful composition “Summertime” must in my view reading between the lines, have been a dry fly flyfisherman, and specifically hoppers …. but then, maybe it is just my vivid, biased imagination!
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high .…. One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky …..”
Using a freshly cut foam body, here is my little ‘Hopper-caddis’, a summertime special.
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