Published May 4. 2018 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited May 18. 2018

Mini-Me Hopper

Coming into spring, dry fly season is right around the corner. Up where I live, we get grasshoppers jumping off the banks and into the water pretty early in the season. However most of our hoppers are not too large, and it is tough for some of the smaller creek fish to take a large grasshopper pattern. I wanted to make one small, and this one is quite small. Tied on a size 10 hook, its small enough to fit in a small trouts mouth. Also it mimics the size of the local grasshoppers that the fish are eating on. These hoppers are yellow, tan and brown. So thats the color pattern I am tying them in.

Not only is this fly effective, it is very durable. I have yet to have a fly come apart even after a few hard takes from fish.

Here is a list of materials I used on this fly.
Hook: TMC 100 in size 10
Thread: Veevus 10/0 in tan
Abdomen: 2mm tan fly foam
Dubbing: Vaca dry fly dubbing in hopper yellow
Head: 2mm tan and brown fly foam
Wing: Congo hair in medium brown
Hot Spot: 2mm yellow fly foam
Legs: centipede legs in speckled white
Glue: Paint on gorilla glue


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