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I think (correct me if this is fake news) the usual foam sheets from Walmart and craft stores is typically 3mm thick.  It works fine for Crease Flies with just a single layer.

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I just pulled one out and measured it, they are 2mm (3/32").    At least the last pack I bought from Walmart are.  

Some of the stuff I've gotten at fly shops is thinner, and denser.  It's labeled "2mm" but it actually isn't.

The stuff from Walmart is what you want for White bass sized Crease flys. Oh, and don't use 5 minute epoxy....it will get brittle and turn yellow, get the Devcon slow cure stuff.

Here's the shape I've settled on for my template IMG_20200109_142656509~2.jpg

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Thanks; I only need to size it for #2 hooks.  Do you just use one sheet of 2mm?

I cruised around the Hareline Dubbin website for an article I'm writing and saw that they have a set of cutters for crease flies.  The wholesale price was, um, high. I've not checked with any online fly shops, so I don't know how much they retail for. I can see if you were tying hundreds of them a year that a cutter would be a good idea.  

I'm wrapping a couple of rods, so I will have epoxy left over. 

 

 

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28 minutes ago, kjackson said:

Thanks; I only need to size it for #2 hooks.  Do you just use one sheet of 2mm?

I cruised around the Hareline Dubbin website for an article I'm writing and saw that they have a set of cutters for crease flies.  The wholesale price was, um, high. I've not checked with any online fly shops, so I don't know how much they retail for. I can see if you were tying hundreds of them a year that a cutter would be a good idea.  

I'm wrapping a couple of rods, so I will have epoxy left over. 

 

 

Yes just a single layer.  You don't want it too bouyant or it will float on its side instead of hook down.  

I just made a cardboard template to trace over the foam, and I cut them out with scissors.  I don't go through enough of them to justify a special cutter tool.

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