Hopper question

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#1
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???
 
#2
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!
 

surfnsully

Active Member
#4
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
 

ScottP

Active Member
#9
Nice work Scott my question is how long did it take you to get those kinds of results?
Eric,

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:

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/simplified-rogue-hopper-sbs.90606/

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/b-c-hopper-modified-sbs.86654/

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?threads/bulletheads.81339/

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.

Regards,
Scott
 

Teenage Entomologist

Gotta love the pteronarcys.
#12
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!!
#13
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.