Warmer months are upon us and with that grasshoppers become prolific. Our objective this month was to showcase a fly that covers various bases.

1)      Prevalent food source

2)      A large visible fly that can be used as a dropper

In my opinion, when tying hoppers we are trying to tick a few boxes rather than every box. Those boxes are:

a)       Profile – Approximate size and shape

b)      Floatation – high enough to hold a point fly or flies and to withstand wave action

c)       Triggers – To lure fish up off the bottom or off their feeding path

+ Colour

+ Shine off the wings

+ Vibration of the silicone legs

+ Movement from the CDC

How to tie the fly

You need:

1)      Size 10 long shank hook

2)      Mixed olive and brown antron for the abdomen

3)      Brown CDC for added floatation

4)      Foam wing hopper body

5)      Mixed organza, lace and deer hair for the wing

6)      Barred sili legs

7)      Antron in brightest visible color for the sighter

How, where and when to fish the fly


A few techniques can be used

-          Fished on its own

-          Hopper dropper using a New Zealand rig. Attaching a section of leader from 45cm to 8ft to the shank of the hook and tying on a small nymph or multiple nymphs of your choice depending on season/ quarry. The hopper in this instance becomes a “Indicator” and should be fished as such to ensure no subtle takes are missed on the nymphs lying below it

-          Washing line. Where the hopper is used as the point fly and one or more droppers are located between your fly line and the fly

Where and when:

-          Whenever there is riffle. From a light to heavy wave action

-          All times of the day as long as it is not flat and calm

-          Fished close to banks where hoppers are blown in or over deep weed beds

You could use an indicator but it’s a lot more fun hooking a fish then merely having to comment on how the fish ate your indicator.

Tight lines! :- Wayne Stegen



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