SBS Mumford's Irresistible Grasshopper

ScottP

Active Member
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Found this in Trout Flies of the West. Original extended body was tied with deer hair spun on a core of non-tox which seems a bit counter-intuitive; switched to mono core and dubbing loop-spun deer instead.


hook – Dai Riki 280 #8
thread - UTC 140 yellow
core - 20lb mono
abdomen - deer hair dyed yellow
underwing - squirrel tail
wing - pheasant church window feather
head - deer hair dyed yellow
legs - medium rubber cornsnake


mash barb, start thread at 60% mark; put a loop in a piece of mono, brush with Super Glue, tie in, hook the loop in the gallows

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wrap up the mono (gap width past bend); make a loop

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clean, trim a clump of deer hair, insert in clip, trim ends

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insert clip into loop, release, spin

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wrap down the mono core, stroking fibers back

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repeat loop sequence as necessary; finish up at 2/3 mark on the hook, tie off/trim

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trim to shape; trim mono

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move thread to eye; clean, stack, measure (shank length) a clump of deer hair; trim to length

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2 soft loops around the butts, pull tight and let it spin

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clean, stack, measure (tips to butt) a clump of squirrel tail; tie in/trim

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coat pheasant feather with Sally, stroke to shape as it dries; tie in/trim

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push deer hair back making sure it surrounds the hook

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pull deer hair to the rear, capture with thread wraps; pull tight

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add legs

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trim out deer hair underneath

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whip finish, SHHAN

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Regards,
Scott
 

Big Tuna

Member
Damn! You've got skills! I'm continually amazed at your ability to pick a pattern and tie it...well. Thanks again for sharing.
 

jersey

livin' the dream
Holy moly Scott, never saw looped and spun deer hair on a single pattern. That's cool.
 

john gates

Vw Bus driving(68) God Fearing Adventure Seeker
Well not to pick hairs but I think the non-toxic with the deer hair spun over top of it is ingenious. Non-toxic with the deer hair spun would give it a real neutral buoyancy. If you ever saw how far into the water a grasshopper "floats" I think a better description is half sinking down the river I am thoroughly convinced he was going for a really low profile. I think I'll play with that idea I really don't mean to be mean or something just thought I'd bring that side of the argument up. You do tai fantastic as always thank you for sharing it's fun to look at your ties thank you again.
John
 

ScottP

Active Member
John,
Well not to pick hairs but I think the non-toxic with the deer hair spun over top of it is ingenious. Non-toxic with the deer hair spun would give it a real neutral buoyancy. If you ever saw how far into the water a grasshopper "floats" I think a better description is half sinking down the river I am thoroughly convinced he was going for a really low profile. I think I'll play with that idea I really don't mean to be mean or something just thought I'd bring that side of the argument up. You do tai fantastic as always thank you for sharing it's fun to look at your ties thank you again.
John

John,

When I said "counter-intuitive" I was thinking more in terms of ease in tying, not floatability. When I saw the recipe/description of the fly, I did a bit of head-scratching on how the fly could be tied, easily, spinning deer hair on a non-tox core. Maybe the deer hair was applied in a dubbing loop; I don't know because there were no instructions or tying sequence. If not, and Mr. Mumford spun the deer hair, my hats off to him; I sure couldn't do that.

As for buoyancy, even tied like this, the deer hair is going to start soaking up water after a few casts (and if I'm lucky a fish) and ride a lot lower in the water, more like a real hopper, although I don't want it to sink- I fish flies like this for the visual appeal of a surface strike.

I appreciate your thoughts/comments and would love to see what you come up with - this forum is supposed to be about tying and constructive criticism needs to be a part of it.

Regards,
Scott
 
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