Foam hopper

Fly Pattern Name: Foam hopper
Contributor: Kevin McKay
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Date Uploaded: 2014-04-16
Water: Freshwater
Category: Attractor Dry Foam Terrestrial
Bugs and Bait: Hopper
Fish Species: Bass Salmon Trout
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One of my favorite foam hopper patterns, though certainly not the only one I fish, is a variation of one developed by my good friend and fellow guide Adam DeBruin, called the 'panty dropper hopper'. It is currently offered through Solitude fly company in several colors and has been knocked off by Umpqua, Montana Fly Company and probably others. Tom


Hook daiichi 1550-1560 sizes 6-12
Thread 6/0 uni to match
BodyFoam, color of choice. You typically want between 4mm-6mm of foam for the body which means you can stack on any color combination of 2mm and 3mm you prefer. Indicator: bright colored 2mm foam
Legs 2mm foam upper leg,colored to compliment body, sexi-floss lower leg

Step 1: step 1: start thread at the eye and wrap back down the hook shank until thread is hanging over the hook point/barb area.
Step 2: step 2: cut preferred foam colors to width slightly thinner than the hook gap. Here I'm using 3mm tan and 2mm brown foam. you can run a bit of superglue between them to keep them together if you'd like.
Step 3: step 3: create 3-4 body segments up the hook shank towards the eye. I like a smaller segment right at the eye to help replicate the hopper's narrower head. Bring your thread back to the original tie in point.
Step 4: step 4: create an extended body by tying in several body segments. I like to make these progressively smaller and with more thread tension to create a tapered body. Trim off excess foam from the tail and head area. I like to cut the corners of the excess foam at an angle to increase the tapered look.
Step 5: step 5: tie in your wing at the body segment nearest the mid point of the hook shank. You want it slightly wider than the body of your fly.
Step 6: step 6: lift the wing up and brush on superglue to the top of the body. Push wing into superglue to secure it to the length of the body.
Step 7: step 7: cut a longish (2-3") strip approximately 1/8" wide of 2mm foam. Fold the foam in half aligning the ends and cut a long, gradual angle creating the tapered part of your upper 'kicker' leg.
Step 8: step 8: tie an overhand knot in the middle of a piece of sexi-floss spandex leg material. I prefer red for this but you want to match the naturals you see in your area. You can always use white and marker after. Tighten the overhand knot on the tip of the foam. Trim off one end leaving the other hanging back and away from the upper foam leg. Hit the knot with super glue. I'll usually mass produce these legs when I'm tying a bunch of these at a time. I prefer the sexi-floss because it comes pre barred. You can use any span-flex/flexi-floss material
Step 9: step 9: tie in the legs on either side of the wing. I prefer to size them by making the upper foam section approximately 3/4" the body length.
Step 10: step 10: tie in a foam 'indicator' on top of the wing. Yellow, orange, pink or chartreuse 2mm foam will work. Advance the thread into the next body segment. Gently pull on a foam leg, this will cause it to narrow and stretch. Secure it with a few wraps and trim off the but end. Do this to both legs. This helps make a plumper abdominal area.
Kevin McKay, Owner

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