Published Jun 23. 2022 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Jun 25. 2022

GFA Hopper

The GFA Hopper is a simple yet very effective dry fly. Being made of mostly foam and deer hair it floats very well. It also is a good representation of a grasshopper so it works well in the summer when the grasshoppers are abundant. Foam comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can make a wide range of different hopper colors. Want something bright? Go with hot pink or chartreuse? Want something more natural? Tan, gold, brown, etc will work to more represent the colors of a grasshopper. Heck even all black will work great to look like a cricket. These can be tied quite small which will work great for sunfish. The normal sizes are great for trout, and you can even go larger to mimic a cicada of sorts, and those will work great for bass. If you do go much larger, its probably best to use the 3mm foam rather than the 2mm.

To be honest, I do not know who originally created this fly. Honestly I haven't done a ton of research on that either. I first saw this fly tied by another YouTube channel called "tight-lines productions". I dont think though that they are the originator of the pattern, but they might be. I really liked the pattern after trying it, and it became a staple in my boxes when I went fishing for bass/sunfish. It also makes a regular appearance in my summer fly boxes when fishing for trout. It floats very well because of the foam, so it works great as an indicator style fly to hold up some heavy nymphs under it.

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Hook: Risen 9231 (size 12) -
Thread: Veevus 10/0 (brown) -
Dubbing: Antron Dubbing (cahill cream) -
Body: 2mm Fly Foam (tan) -
Glue: Loctite Brush On -
Wing: Stimulator Deer Hair (bleached) -
Legs: Centipede Legs (speckled tan, medium) -
Hot Spot: 2mm Fly Foam (yellow) -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen Spring Assist -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Foam Cutters: River Road Cutters (Chernobyl-style, tapered end, XS) -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Solarez UV Cure (high output) -

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