Make Your Own Bobbers
How to Make a Foam - Paper Clip Bobber for Fishing Fun
A Low Cost Fishing Innovation by
Low Budget Fishing And Fly Tying
Craft Foam-Double Paper Clip Bobber
The bobbers described here costs under $.03 per bobber for the single clip
version and about a nickel for the double version. The bobber is
made from foam and a paper clip. The clip gives the bobber enough
weight to add distance to your casts. And of course it is non-lead.
The foam bobber can also be used as a hook keeper. The bobber has
a bit of a funky look. Of course if you are fishing with a can rig
it just adds to that special “look Mom I made it myself” look. The
foam comes in all of the colors of the rainbow. When you are ready
to fish, tie on to the exposed part of the paper clip with a modified clinch
knot or palomar knot, leaving enough line to tie on your fly or bait.
You are now ready to cast away!
“jumbo” size paper clips @ $1.09 per hundred
craft foam @ $.20-$49 per sheet, can make up to 50 from one sheet or ANY
closed cell foam cut to an appropriate size
hot melt glue sticks @ $.05 to $.08 per stick. Can glue up to ten from
one stick of glue
Directions for Single Clip Bobber:
1. Cut the craft foam into pieces ½ inch by 2
inches in length.
2. Place a glob of glue from the hot melt glue
gun on one half, of one side, of a piece of foam.
3. Place the clip in the hot glue on the foam so
that the wire ends of the clip are concealed when the bobber is finished.
Add a little more glue to the paper clip.
4. While the glue is still hot, fold the
foam over the end of the paper clip.
5. Hold the foam in the folded position until the
6. Spread glue along one side of another 1/2 inch
by 2 inch length piece of foam.
7. Place this piece over the first piece of foam
and hold until the glue cools.
If more casting weight is desired use two paper clips instead of one.
If two clips are used be sure to double the amount of foam to retain the
same bouyancy. You can use the image above as a guide.