Favorite hopper?

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  1. David Martin

    David Martin New Member

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    I'm new here so I apologize in advance if my jumping into your thread is out of line. This topic is just to much for me to resist.
    I love fishing hoppers. I've fished them from early spring through fall. Of course spring means hopper nymphs in small sizes (think 18s and smaller) without wings and pale colors. Then adjusting sizes and colors as the year wears on. My favorite is the Pallid Winged Hopper. It's plentiful in the west and comes in shades of greys, tans and browns. Below is an example I hope, of a tyed Pallid Wing.

    http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab306/David1949_photos/Pallidwing.jpg
     
  2. Blue

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    I use the cutter and foam. So easy. Then I attach either the plastic legs or Pheasant tail, and a foam wing.
    Anyone put Dropper loops on their hoppers?????
     
  3. yuhina

    yuhina Tropical member

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    Money!! the only hopper I fish. it is so ugly, and "formy". but what can you complain? it works! and it float like a bobber...
    a green version for the slough creek Yellowstone, great fun : )
     
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    wow...good job, very realistic....
     
  5. David Martin

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    Thanks Guybg,

    We used to sell them by the dozens through the Redding Fly Shop, their catalog and other shops.
     
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    This bug is actually really easy to tie. You just cut a 4mm or 6 mm piece of closed cell foam.(Rainy's is open cell foam, but will sink eventually) Cut the tail piece of the foam at an angle. Then cut a slit down the middle of the foam. Attach the Foam to your hook at the neck of the fly, Then Superglue the hook shank and push the foam down onto it. Tie in your Crystal Flash, Your Wing The Legs then the dubbing and your done. The secret to the under wing is using transparent scotch tape on the back of your Hen Feather. Then just use a marker for the eyes and the body.



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  7. yuhina

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    Nice tie! Nice tips too!

    One of the reason I think they are so good is because the low profile in the water... fish seems love to eat those during the hot summer day.
     
  8. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    Let's see... more work on the bathroom remodel or tie hoppers and have a frosty one? I'm going with the hoppers and beer. I'll start with whatever I actually possess the right materials for.:thumb:
     
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    I wanted to tie one and see if I could match the real thing from the fish's eyes...LOL

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    Plus I love hoppers for an indicator as well, so I tie some with a dropper loop:

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    Like that dropper loop!!!! Great idea.
     
  11. jalbury

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    Hi Stewart,
    I have just finished a piece for the UK journal Fly Fishing and Fly Tying about my fishing experiences in western Montana. I had some great time there fishing hoppers and my favourite, which is her best selling fly is Rainy Ridings Grand Hopper. This hopper is big and really wakes them up. I've have tied a scaled down UK version, the JS Mini Cinnamon Grasshopper which worked the business for me last summer on lake and river, bringing fish up when nothing was moving - see pics below.

    John
     
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    Chubby Chernobyl and the Morrish are two of my favorties. Lets not forget about the Dave's. Nice and scraggly looking and rides low in the water. Deadly when fishing with a PT off the back on small freestones.
     
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    correct!
    or throw a set of legs on it if you must