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Coming August 26th – SCOF 52 Ascofalypse Now

Tie the Ribbit Rhol by John Lohr


-Hook: Size 1 Gamakatsu b10s

-lead wire, .015 diameter 

-2mm River Road Creations frog foam cut to 5/8” wide.

-Strung saddle hackle.(2 feathers per frog)

-Medium round rubber leg sheet

-River Road Creations 1/2” foam cylinder cut in half to 13/16”. (Yellow)

-River Road Creations 1/4” foam cylinder cut in half.(Yellow)

-Flymen Fishing Co 7mm living eyes(wind color)

-Super Glue. I prefer loctite brand liquid.

-UV resin. (Gulff Thinman)

-Veevus 140 power thread(Olive)

-Leg puller or bobbin threader


-single edge and double edge razor blades.

-Bic Intensity metallic marker. Emerald and Jade green.

Prep Work

-Separate 5 strands of round rubber from the sheet and cut to 5 inches in length. Keep the strands together. Now tie a single over hand knot from each end of the legs ensuring that both feet angle the same way. Now add a drop of superglue to each knot and let dry.

-Cut the 1/2” foam cylinder to 13/16” long. Sand one end close to a 45 degree angle using a belt sander. This will be the top of frog. On opposite side(bottom), sand a shallow flat area for the belly that gradually slopes to the rear. If belt sander is not available this step can be done with a razor blade.


  1. Wrap the bend of hook with .015 lead wire. 16 wraps. 
  2. Start thread on hook and completely cover the lead wire wraps. 
  3. Use UV resin to coat the thread wrapped wire and then cure it.
  4. Cut a point in the 2mm frog foam and tie in at rear of hook. Use securing wraps right up to the lead wrapped area.
  5. Tie in 1 saddle hackle feather at rear of hook tip first and make 6-8 tight wraps stroking hackle rearward between wraps. Secure hackle and cut off excess. Have bobbin hanging directly in front of hackle.
  6. Tie in rear legs by pinching the leg tip together around the hanging thread and then while applying pressure to the legs lift bobbin and place legs into their place. This is an easy way to find center. Make 3 or 4 tight wraps to the center then fold over the leg and secure with more wraps. Legs should be even angled to the rear. 
  7. Tie in 2nd saddle hackle feather tip first directly in front of rear legs with 6-8 tight wraps and secure with thread. Cut off excess. 
  8. Cover the remainder of hook shank with thread up to the hook eye.  Whip finish and cut thread.  
  9. Cut “V” notch in the rear of 1/2” foam cylinder.
  10. Cut top front notch in 1/2” foam cylinder. 
  11. Cut top back of 1/2” foam cylinder lengthwise until it’s 1/16” from the bottom side. 
  12. Apply superglue to shank of hook and guide the 1/2” foam cylinder body onto the hook shank. The end of your lengthwise cut should meet the bottom of the hook shank. Leave a small space from front of body to the hook eye. 
  13. Apply super glue to inside the cut portion of body and then squeeze it together on the shank. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Wipe off excess glue if it squeezes out.
  14. Apply superglue to front notch of 1/2” foam body and place 1/4” foam cylinder into notch. Press down tightly for 10-15 seconds until glue sets.
  15. Apply superglue to upper back portion  of the body from the angled portion to the top of 1/4” cylinder.
  16. Fold over the 2mm foam. Make the fold crease about even with the hook bend. Fold foam on top center of body and press into place. Hold for 10-15 seconds. 
  17. Fold remainder of foam over the 1/4” foam cylinder tightly and press into hook eye leaving an indentation in the foam. Using bodkin or scissors, poke a thru hole in the indentation. 
  18. Apply super glue to the top front remainder of body and around hook eye. Then fold foam over body and guide the hook eye through the hole in the foam. Press and hold for 10-15 seconds. 
  19. Remove frog from vise. Cut excess foam flush with frog belly and make 2 angle cuts that contour the body on the sides.
  20. Make 2 angle cuts at rear of frog foam that start from tail and extend to the end of body section. Ensure to hold hackle out of the way when doing this. 
  21. Using a double sided razor cut 1/4” foam cylinder flush with the edge of 2mm frog foam.
  22. Place frog back in vise. Using a drop of glue on bodkin, place glue inside the crease of the tail. Pinch together and hold at an upward angle until dry.
  23. At this time, if any of the frog foam is not glued to the 1/2” foam cylinder body, apply glue using a bodkin and press into place.
  24. Using the metallic markers, color the sides of frog body.
  25. Glue the 7mm eyes into place centered on the ends of the 1/4” foam cylinder.
  26. Using bodkin, poke a hole completely through the side of body. Hole should be located just above hook shank and slightly behind the eyes.
  27. Guide your leg puller or bobbin threader through the hole. 
  28. Take 3 strands of round rubber cut to around 4” and tie 2 over hand knot that are around 1.5-1.75 apart. Feed tip of legs through leg puller and pull legs through hole. Pull one knotted end completely through. 
  29. Center the front legs in body and apply a drop of superglue to the knots. Using bodkin, apply drop of glue to where legs go into body. Cut any excess leg material.
  30. Apply UV resin to eyes and underside of “V” notch just in front of hackle. 
  31. Using a bodkin, separate the leg tip strands of rubber on each leg.