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Old 11-03-2013, 07:43 PM
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Default Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Was looking though an archived site and saw this cool hopper pattern, lots of steps but a really neat looking hopper when done.

Instructions are here: https://web.archive.org/web/20081209...er/index.shtml though not all pictures are archived there is enough of them to kind of figure it out.

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Old 11-03-2013, 08:38 PM
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Looks similar to the whitlock hopper. However, the body looks like it is hair rather than the polypropylene yarn I'm used to seeing. Great pattern!
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

No idea if it catches fish, but from the bottomside it sure looks a whole lot more like a real hopper than the foam patterns.
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

That is very nice, but 45 steps?

I get something close in 1/3rd that.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:39 AM
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

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No idea if it catches fish, but from the bottomside it sure looks a whole lot more like a real hopper than the foam patterns.
That's what I was thinking.

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That is very nice, but 45 steps?

I get something close in 1/3rd that.
Yeah definitely lots of steps but they literally broke down every little detail.

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Looks similar to the whitlock hopper. However, the body looks like it is hair rather than the polypropylene yarn I'm used to seeing. Great pattern!
Yep it is all hair, nothing against foam but this might be a must tie for the challenge.
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Very reminiscent of Mike Lawson's Henry's Fork Hopper (my favorite hopper). I will attest to Mike's pattern as having fishing catching ability, twas/is a killer and your tie should be it's equal. Mike's fly was originally tied without kicking legs. I rarely see hoppers tied nowadays without legs of some form or another.

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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Harry's tutorials and presentation were VERY detailed, so as not to leave anything to question. A number of these 'steps' were partial steps, but for a novice tyer or someone who wasn't actually seeing the hands do something or watching a video, this minute breakdown left nothing to question.


As for the question "Has anyone tried the pattern"? YES, and it works very well... floats like a cork, but after a few (large) fish take it down, the elk/deer hair body starts to look a little worse for wear.


I tied these up in natural, olive and gray and changed wing/underwing colors as needed to match the naturals. And for really rough water, I also incorporated an under-underwing of CDC.
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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Can't leave the "Henry's Fork Hopper" be.... Elk hair and a Pheasant feather! Simple.

I had a bank feeder on the RR ranch gobble it in it's mouth. The rainbow was as long as my leg but I yanked it out of it's mouth. Fond, forlorn memories.

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Default Re: Cool hopper pattern anyone tried it?

Calftail

That looks like a good first hopper for me. Meaning I think I could get it right before it snows here Can you point me to a particular recipe, or is it so generic a youtube search would yield what I need?
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Calftail

That looks like a good first hopper for me. Meaning I think I could get it right before it snows here Can you point me to a particular recipe, or is it so generic a youtube search would yield what I need?
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