Bing's Hopper (modified) SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Bing Lemke was a proponent of extended body flies - he created his hoppers with what he called "art foam" (can't remember what was available back in the 60's, I'm guessing open-cell) wrapped around a piece of monofilament. For me, Carnage-style bodies are a lot easier to tie and float great, so that's what I used here; everything else is pretty much true to the original. The pronghorn hair happened to be sitting right in front of me so I used it on the head - spins great, but it's a bit stiff and I had some issues winding the hackle through it; next time it'll either be deer or caribou. Another one from Jack Dennis' Western Trout Fly Tying Manual (Vol 2).

    hook - Mustad 3906B #8
    thread - UTC 140 & 70 tan
    abdomen - 2mm foam tan (Carnage style)
    underwing - deer hair bleached
    wing - mottled turkey
    head - pronghorn hair spun/clipped
    hackle - ginger


    (for those who have seen this part before, please feel free to skip forward)

    mount needle in vise, start thread and tie down a strip of Swiss Straw

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    wrap SS along the needle; coat with a little Super Glue then trim off end and thread

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    brush on a little more Super Glue, then start wrapping a tapered strip of foam (adjust tension to create the desired taper); slide off needle and trim away excess underbody

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    poke the body with a needle where you want the hook placed, add a drop of Super Glue on the back end of the (debarbed) hook, then slide it on

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    start thread, brush on a little more Super Glue and wrap body forward; tie off and trim tag end (not shown)

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    clean, stack, measure a clump of deer hair; tie in

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    separate 2 sections of turkey (sprayed with fixative); you want them gap width

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    tie in on either side, extending a bit past the back of the body and trim butts; brush a bit of Super Glue (last time, promise) at the tie-in

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    clean, trim a clump of pronghorn; 2 soft loops and let it spin

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    repeat, and tie off

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    establish the underside with a razor blade

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    trim head to shape

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    re-start thread (UTC 70 this time) and tie in hackle (I don't tie it in before the pronghorn, because I never guess the hackle size properly and usually end up it way too long)

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    wrap hackle thru head, tie off at eye, half hitch x 2, SHHAN

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    dorsal

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    semi-ventral

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. ScottP

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    razor bladed the pronghorn off

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    spun up some deer hair; trimmed

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    much easier to wrap the hackle through it

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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