Published May 21. 2018 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited May 23. 2018

Charlie Boy Hopper Variation

This variation of the Charlie Boy Hopper makes a couple changes from Charlie Craven's original fly pattern ( I've added a foam wing and an indicator layer to the wing. The fly float really well and will easily support a dropper nymph. Coupled with the twitchy silicone legs and natural silhouette, the fly is a great choice for summer and fall hopper/dropper fly fishing.

The use of foam has advantages over the traditional deer hair hoppers. It is a more durable fly and doesn't easily lose buoyancy, allowing you to fish longer before needing a fly change.

I tie the fly in tan, brown, olive, yellow and green. You can try it in hot colors like purple, red or hot pink for something a little different. The foam is inexpensive and can be found in big box stores or craft stores with a good variety of colors available.

As a rule of thumb, cut your strips of foam in a similar width as the hook gape.

Charlie Boy Variant (Charlie Craven)

Hook: Firehole 718 #04-10
Thread: Rusty Brown 6/0 (140d)
Underbody: Foam strip 2x2mm
Body: 2mm foam strips & super glue
Legs: Silicone or rubber legs
Wing: Cut 2mm foam
Wing: Elk hair
Indicator: Congo hair
Bone Dry UV, super glues, toothpick and razor blade


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