Monday, January 18, 2010

Para Hopper - a southeast Idaho magician

  • Hook: 2x long dry fly hook like Tiemco 2312, size 6-14
  • Body & Thorax: Tan Superfine or other dry fly dubbing
  • Wing: Turkey Tail treated with flexible cement
  • Legs: Pheasant Tail fibers, knotted. (1 on each side)
  • Parachute Post: White Poly Yarn
  • Hackle: Grizzly Saddle Hackle
For the Blackfoot River, a gray body and thorax is the best - sizes 6 to 8. For smaller Idaho streams (Tincup, Stump Creek, Upper Warm River, Moose Creek, etc.) carry some size 14 hoppers during the summer months and you'll likley catch 40-50 fish (6-12") in a few hours. The larger hoppers rarely hook any of these smaller fish even though they will try like crazy to take the fly.

I am still working on a better thorax/body that will allow the fly to remain on the surface when fished with a dropper. This pattern after a few casts tends to sink when fished with a dropper even when floatant is used. Anybody have any ideas or success stories on keeping the hopper on the surface? Let me know if you do.

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