Hopper question

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
I am new to tying flies and have just started. I was wanting to know how do you get the body's for foam hoppers?? Is it a tool you buy that cuts them? Or are they pre bought like that? I have found foam at the fly shop but haven't seen anything to cut the body's or wings. Is there some easy method of doing this any at home tricks???
There are both pre cut body's and there are cutters. Don't over look tieing up some yellow stimulators with rubber legs. A deadly hopper pattern!


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For further assistance check out the Hopper Blog. It is written by a guy in Montana with a lot of SBS tutorials and he has some supplies as well


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Nice work Scott my question is how long did it take you to get those kinds of results?

Most of the ones I tie are relatively quick and easy - the less time I spend on a hopper (or any fly), the more willing I am to cast it where the fish live. Here's a few tutorials I put together:




Maybe not as fast as using the RR cutters for Chernobyls and their spawn, but I never had a whole lot of luck with those flies either (I tied them with fairly light dry hooks and they almost always landed upside down :( ); besides that, I'm cheap about certain things.


Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
I just cut the foam with scissors, and make it into the shape of a real grasshopper, stonefly, ant, mayfly, ect. Doesn't need to be fancy, but my local fly shop carries pre-cut, but it looks like a waste of money.

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
Thanks to everyone who has given input I don't think I need a cutter after watching the stuff ppl shared and I already have a little foam so I will just go a head and give it a go.