John's Hopper (variation) SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    More inspiration while thumbing through the archives. Found this in an old add for Dan Bailey's Fly Shop; a variation of Joe's Hopper, with a hair wing subbing for the turkey quill; since I already had woodchuck out for the Mossy Hopper, I used that. I swapped out the poly yarn body for foam.



    hook - Dai Riki 320 #12
    thread - MFC 8/0 brown
    tails - deer hair dyed red
    body - 2mm foam yellow
    hackle (body) - brown, trimmed
    rib - tying thread tag end
    wing - woodchuck guard hair
    hackle (front) brown/grizzly



    mash barb, attach the thread and wrap back down the bend a bit; leave the tag end long

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    clean, stack a clump of deer hair; measure for length (hook gap plus a bit) and tie in (it'll slant down a bit, which is what you want)

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    spiral wrap thread forward, binding deer hair down; trim butts

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    tie in foam strip (about 1/2 hook gap wide) and wrap back to hook bend; a little Super Glue on the wraps helps

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    loop the foam strip over the tail, tie down and wrap foam forward while the Super Glue is still wet

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    tie in hackle, wind back to the hook bend and capture with the tag end; wrap tag forward through the hackle and tie off

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    trim hackle

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    clean and stack a clump of woodchuck guard hairs (again, save the underfur for Mossy Hopper bodies), measure for length (even with tail)

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    tie in woodchuck with firm wraps (it's pretty slippery); smooth over as best as possible

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    tie in hackle and wrap forward; half hitch x 2, SHHAN and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
  2. Richard Olmstead

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    Thanks, Scott. I'm enjoying your recent SBSs. Especially since I haven't put much effort into learning to tie hoppers, which I don't fish much, but really enjoy fishing when the opportunity arises (I have a small, and getting smaller, stash of store-bought hoppers from before I started tying).

    One trick I've used when using a trimmed palmered hackle, is to trim it before tying in in. I find it much easier than trimming after it is on the fly.
     
  3. ScottP

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    Richard,

    I've used that method, too, but I never get it as even as I want and end up having to trim it in the round anyway; must have shaky hands.

    Regards,
    Scott
     

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