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The linked article for the post on "Failure of Modern Fly Design" made a criticism of patterns with too many materials, describing what were likely foam hopper or stonefly patterns.

With summer coming up, I would be curious to hear folks perspective on hopper patterns that are as simple to tie as possible while still being effective and durable.

for beetles, I know the basic peacock herl around the hook, black foam over the hook, and hackle wrap on the thorax to dimple the water like legs, is pretty simple and effective, although a little awkward working with the foam as you get to smaller sizes.

I have no experience on grasshopper tying or fishing, myself.

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Foam body to match color of the real bug, bullet head of deer or elk, rubber legs in X configuration, done. The right color that rides low in the water and shows some legs twitching in the water does it.
 
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I like to tie a very simple, yet effective hopper. It only requires two materials. Thread and a grasshopper :)

Seriously though, if it plops and floats and kinda looks like a hopper it will probably work.
Look for patterns with foam and legs then subtract the frills
 

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Oddly enough, I do better with a Joe's Hopper than the foam options... and I really only fished hoppers during our annual YNP trip.

Maybe the Joe's Hopper worked because the fish had already seen every foam pattern known to man or fish. Beats me. The pattern caught trout for me when nothing else would.
 

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Oddly enough, I do better with a Joe's Hopper than the foam options... and I really only fished hoppers during our annual YNP trip.

Maybe the Joe's Hopper worked because the fish had already seen every foam pattern known to man or fish. Beats me. The pattern caught trout for me when nothing else would.
Last time I fished this fly was years ago in northern Michigan. Caught more trout on it than I could count. I've since incorporated a lot stuff into my terrestrial tying, but I might have to start tying these up again. Thanks for the reminder ;)
 

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These are going to be my main hopper patterns this year, along with the Carnage variations. Neither are difficult to tie, they float (even after multiple fish get them all icky) down in the water like real hoppers, are visible, make a nice splat and most importantly, they work. The bullethead takes a bit more time to tie and isn't quite as durable, but a blown-head fly has caught plenty of fish for me, and I just have a thing for bulletheads; the foam head version works just as well.













Although originally intended as a skwala imitation in this color, there's a stream in Yellowstone where you really want to have olive hoppers.

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These are going to be my main hopper patterns this year, along with the Carnage variations. Neither are difficult to tie, they float (even after multiple fish get them all icky) down in the water like real hoppers, are visible, make a nice splat and most importantly, they work. The bullethead takes a bit more time to tie and isn't quite as durable, but a blown-head fly has caught plenty of fish for me, and I just have a thing for bulletheads; the foam head version works just as well. Although originally intended as a skwala imitation in this color, there's a stream in Yellowstone where you really want to have olive hoppers.

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I haven't seen that style of body before. Looks pretty cool, and effective. Would love to see how it's done. I tie all of my extended bodies using two strips of foam sandwiched onto a needle.
 

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