Daves Hopper

Created by Dave Whitlock

 

Recipe

HOOK: 3X long curved shank; e.g. TMC 200R or equivalent. Sizes 16-20

THREAD: Brown

TAIL: Red-dyed deer hair

RIBBING: Brown hackle

BODY: Yellow synthetic yarn

WING: Turkey wing or tail

LEGS: Brown or yellow grizzly hackle stems, knotted

HEAD: Deer hair, spun then clipped

COLLAR:

 

Uses

This classic pattern from Dave Whitlock floats well and catches a lot of trout during the late summer "hopper" season.

Hopper fishing in Oregon is spotty. Some streams can be very productive, while others are rarely so. For example, the Deschutes is not a great river for hopper fishing. On the other hand, I once spent an afternoon on the Klamath's Frain Ranch section and had wonderful hopper fishing. I soon found that if I cast my fly onto sunny water near a grassy riverbank, I had a 50/50 chance of an eagar rise from a foot-long (or better) wild rainbow. Over a couple of hours, that's a lot of fish.

 

How to Fish

Dress the fly with floatant and use standard dry fly presentations.

From August through early October, grasshoppers are sometimes found in the tall grass along the riverbank. They sometimes fall onto the water and are taken by waiting trout. Since a hopper is a big meal, a trout may wait patiently for a long time, then pounce on the unlucky victim. Thus, your fly needs to land very near the bank; the difference between six inches and twelve inches can make the difference between successful fishing and casting practice. If your fly lands on the water with a big "plop" (like the natural insect will), so much the better.

 

 

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