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Old 08-18-2004, 05:01 PM
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easy hopper pattern

my son, grandson and myself are going to ennis , mt to fish the madison sept.1-7. all the flyshops say to use hoppers. so i am looking for an easy pattern that hopefully works. i have tied lots of flies but never hoppers. i live in the columbia basin where we seldom use dries except chernoble ants on rocky ford in the fall.
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Old 08-18-2004, 05:44 PM
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easy hopper

A Madam X is easy to tie, and will pass for a hopper. I normaly tie mine on size 8 with yellow rubber legs.

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Old 08-18-2004, 08:56 PM
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Why not tie up some of the old Letort Hoppers that were developed back in the late 40's by the fisherman from the Carlisle, PA area for fishing the well-educated trout of Letort Spring Creek? It is a very simple fly that still works very well for hopper fishing.

It is tied thus:

hook: 2XL dry fly #6,8,10,12
tail: none (can be tied with a very short red deer body hair tail)
body: yellow dubbing
hackle: none
wing: tented mottled turkey
head/collar: deer body hair, tied as a very short muddler style head and collar,
clip all of the collar hair off the bottom. (some tiers tie it like an elk
hair caddis wing, which works just as well)

This was the standard hopper for years until the "more realistic" hoppers with pheasant legs that were designed by Dave Whitlock took the fly fishermen's fancy.

The Letort Cricket is the same fly tied completely out of black components.
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:52 AM
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these things are so hard to tie , hay, $2 a fly is no problem/.;\';][=--09
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I don't know waht "simple"means to you, but I don't know of any hopper pattern taht can be done in a wrap-wrap-wrap-tie off session. Most are like Flytier suggests. If you don't use hoppers a lot, you really should buy a doz or so at a local Ennis shop and then you get what is working best on the river. Yoor Cherno Ant should work as well. I was theer a month ago, not many hoppers yet, but I've fished there with hoppers in prior years. My preferred fly has been the Truk's Tarantula pattern, size 8 & 10, white rubber legs, natural/tan body, natural deer hair head. There are many other color combos but I have not had as much success with them, particularly when the fish get fussy.
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easy hopper?

you are right about buying recommended hoppers. i have been told that madison river fishing company has the best selection of hoppers. thanks, mike
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