Al's Hair Hopper SBS

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step' started by ScottP, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Al Troth married the body of a Henry's Fork Hopper with the wing from his Elk Hair Caddis, added some biot legs and came up with a neat little hopper (could also pass for a Yellow Sally in these colors, I guess). For whatever reason don't think it ever caught on like the HF or Letort Hopper when it came out, but it's still a cool bug. Simple to tie, floats well and fish eat it. Works especially well for me in the smaller sizes #12-16; change colors as you see fit, tan and olive have also been very effective.



    hook - Dai Riki 320 #12
    thread - UTC 70 hopper yellow
    body - deer hair yellow
    underwing - landscape fabric
    legs - goose biots red
    overwing - deer or elk hair


    mash barb and attach thread 1 hook eye width back, wrap to bend and back

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    clean and stack a clump of deer hair, trim tips

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    a couple soft loops to tie in by tips

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    wrap back to hook bend

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    pull deer hair forward, surrounding hook shank

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    create 1st body segment

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    repeat

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    and so on (brush a little Sally on the wraps)

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    trim underwing (hook gap width)

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    apply a drop of Crazy Glue and tie in underwing (extend a bit beyond hook bend)

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    tie in biot on near side (body length)

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    and far

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    clean and stack some hair (elk used here) for wing and tie in (tips extend to underwing)

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    trim body & wing hair, half hitch x2, SHHAN and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. SaltyCutt

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    Nice, thanks Scott.