Lil' Hollywood Hopper (modified) SBS

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  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

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    Juan Ramirez' neat little hopper with a few slight changes; I skipped the foam wing (if 3 layers can't keep the fly on top, I'm doing something seriously wrong), used a Dai Riki 280 instead of an Umpqua 550BL because I have some DR's and wasn't interested in hooks that go $9 for 25 (a scud hook like a DR 135 would probably work okay, too, if it looks like the gap's getting crowded) and made my own rear legs. Better than any other hopper out there? maybe yes but probably not, and not something I'd use for snooty, "educated" trout (that's what Henry's Fork, Letort, A.K. and other more "realistic", organic hoppers are for). Simple to tie, and with 3 layers of foam a high floater? you bet; the body construction makes it easy to get a tapered, segmented body that looks pretty cool. Mix the colors up as you see fit.

    hook - Dai Riki 280 #12
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    body - 2mm foam (sandwiched)
    wing - landscape fabric
    kicker legs - 2mm foam/round rubber
    front legs - rubber medium cornsnake
    indicator - 2mm foam


    Super Glue a strip of 2mm foam (hook gap width) to another that's twice as long

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    apply a little more glue and fold over to create sandwich

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    trim to length (I like it to extend a bit over the front and about a hook gap width in the rear), taper rear; trim top and bottom at rear, too (forgot to show that)

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    mash barb and lay on a good thread base so the foam has something to grip; return thread to point one hook eye width back from eye

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    slit the foam along the bottom (hook shank length) - make it shallow, just cut through the first layer; apply a bit of Super Glue and lay foam body on hook

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    a couple firm wraps to create first segment/head

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    cross thread over at top and create second segment

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    repeat

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    again

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    last 2 segments are created off the hook

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    return wraps to the front, crossing over the top

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    round over end of wing (hook gap width)

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    apply a spot of Super Glue and tie in wing

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    trim another foam strip (about 1/2 hook gap in width) at an angle

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    poke a hole in the edge at the tip

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    insert a piece of round rubber and brush with Super Glue

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    tie in near side leg (extend to rear of wing)

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    far side, too

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    trim the leg butts close to the body

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    tie in front legs

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    tie in foam indicator, 3 turn whip and SHHAN (on the body segment wraps, too); trim legs to length and you're done

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Nick Clayton

    Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Very cool. I've never tied with foam, as I really have no need for the fishing I do, so it's neat to see what all can be done with it. Thanks for the great SBS
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    Scott, there is no doubt in my mind... you are the King of Hopper Patterns.

    Oddly enough, hoppers don't work as well in this part of Oregon as they do in other parts of the country. I suppose you could use them on The D to imitate stonefly adults.
     
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    LyNcH Steelhead Junkie

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    Thanks for sharing. I tied a few up this afternoon and they turned out great.
     
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    That's the coolest hopper I've seen. Great job!
     
  6. GATOR9

    GATOR9 Hey you guys

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    Scott,

    Great looking Hopper. In re: tot he landscape fabric, where do you get this material?

    JeffB
     
  7. ScottP

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    Jeff,

    Got it at a nursery; can't remember the brand name. It's not the black plastic mesh stuff (which would be useless for this application); this has the texture of Tyvek, comes in a dark brownish color, cuts easily, doesn't seem to fray (I believe this is what they call spunbond). I actually saw some at Costco the other day; a big roll for about $25.

    Regards,
    Scott
     
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    GATOR9 Hey you guys

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    Thanks Scott I appreciate the info.

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