The first of which is a hopper that I created specifically for Montana. It's a hardy fly and can be tied with many variations of size and color. The technique used is certainly not my design in fact the techniques are used for many hopper and terrestrial patterns. It's the different use of materials that make this fly somewhat unique.
This hopper is easy to tie assuming you know the "x threading" method of forming a body. It has a simple parts list using readily available materials.
|Step 1. Add body foam strip to hook as shown|
Cut a strip of foam for the body about 3 - 4 inches long and a little wider than 1/8". Then in the center (length wise and width wise) insert the hook as shown above. Add a base of 6.0 thread.
|Step 2. create the first segment|
You will create the first of 5 equal size sections of the segemented hopper body by lining up the foam strip along the top and botton of the hook and bind down with 3 or 4 thread wraps. Then add glue to the exposed threads along the hook shank. This will help prevent the finished fly from twisting.
|Step 3. Finish the segmented body|
|Step 4. Add CDC Under Wing|
|Step 5 and 6. Add the Deer Hair Overwing and Legs|
If you have good quality deer hair there is no need to stack. Just cut off a section of hair, comb out under fur and position it on top of the hook with the tips extending just past the CDC. Bind down using the pinch. Make sure you keep all deer hair on top of the hook. I like to add cement to the butts of the deer hair on top of the hook shank. This will hold the hair in place and make the fly more durable.
Add the rubber legs on both sides. Note: on this fly I used two strands of rubber legs and knotted them, then cut one of the strands below the knot to give a tapered appearance.
|Step 7. Add the Yellow Foam to be used for the Bullet Head|
Just behind the hook eye tie down the foam to be used for the head and indicator. Trim excess and cover with thread wraps.
|Step 8. Cover thread wraps with dubbing |
|Step 9. Add the Front Legs|
Front legs can be the same or a different color than the back legs. Get creative here.
|Step 10. Form the Foam Bullet Head|
|Finally The Finished Fly|
|You can use a sharpie to color the legs|
Check back next week for another of quick "guide fly" pattern that I use to fool our trout. Good fishing to all of you and get out and get a couple with this fly.