Fly Tying: Foam, Hoppers (Platform for Droppers)

I was bumping along this morning, reading my favorite blogs (my blog roll has exceptional writers/artists/fly fishers) and noted a foam binge at the Fat Guy FF site. Alex referenced the Hopper Fishing blog and upon checking it out, it does have a perfect tutorial on how to construct foam hopper patterns.

I have all the foam. I have had good intentions. But, beyond a few crude Chernobyl’s, I have not put in the effort to tie/construct the foam floatation devices that would provide the perfect support for dropper patterns. Hoppers, Stoneflies, Damsels, Ants…there are increasing materials out there to create floating morsels.

I have recently realized I am too much of a nymph minded fisher. I tie dries and fish dries, but my mind always visualizes downward. Hence, my fly boxes are woefully short on dries and especially hoppers and stonefly dries. Foam affords the perfect insurance your pattern will float, support a dropper or the enticing silhouette for a swamping wallop.

1 Response to “Fly Tying: Foam, Hoppers (Platform for Droppers)”

  1. December 3, 2010 at 08:56

    Hopper/droppers all the way. Not always fun to throw, but very effective combo. Summer-time in Montana, the hopper/dropper set-up works all the time. The Chubby Chernobyl is one of the better hopper flies for this set-up because of its flotation and visibility.


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