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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    I fish a lot of different hoppers but I agree when things are a little tougher the Henry's Fork Hopper is the best.
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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    They are constantly updated. My thoughts are if you are fishing the latest greatest pattern so is everyone else. Thold tried and true patterns work. If you tye they are not hard if not you can get good deals on them. SOOOO many variables?? Are you fishing educated fish or fish off the beaten path that do not see many different patterns?? Yes it is ok to slap a fish on the head with a hopper. just have it hit the water before the tippet leader or fly line..... Remember to every question about this sport there are no blanket answers so ask your self some of the questions I promosed and make an educated decision??? I always find if there is a hatch of another bug sometimes a bettle ant or hopper will entice the fish who has seen elk hair caddis a thousand times lol.. good luck and have fun... observation is a fly fishermans best friend.......

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  5. #23
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    Just got off work I really can spell lol

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  7. #24
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    I can't say that I have caught a lot of trout on hoppers in Iowa, but OMG it is an absolutely devastating low light fly on my local clearish warmwater lake. Crappies, gills and bass as fast as I can cast on numerous occasions in mid-summer. I use a Bob's Hopper which is foam.

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  9. #25

    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    Hoppers are my favorite terrestrials to fish. I prefer the deer/elk hair patterns. Great topwater action!

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  11. #26
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    From a tying perspective - when you use foam, do you need to use a foam body cutter(s)?

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  13. #27

    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    Quote Originally Posted by bigal36 View Post
    From a tying perspective - when you use foam, do you need to use a foam body cutter(s)?
    Generally, no.

    Only if the pattern states to use a body shaper cutter. Most do not.
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  15. #28
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    Default Re: Question about hopper flies

    It may take a few attempts to get it like you want it, but a cutter is not necessary. I've caught too many fish on a foam fly that was battered beyond recognition to believe otherwise.

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