Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

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Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by letumgo » Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:30 pm

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Hairy Plopper Hopper
Hook - Daiichi Model 1510/Size 10
Thread - UNI-Thread (Black 6/0)
Abdomen - Craft Trim Yarn (Camel) - Twisted and Furled to form rear body
Legs - Rainy's Natural Pheasant Tail Knotted Hopper Legs
Wing - Golden Pheasant Tippets (Dyed Hot Orange with Koolaid)
Body - Fox Squirrel in a dubbing loop and wrapped as fur chenille

I know this fly looks out of place on this forum, but it was actually inspired here as a result of the recent IBF hair hackle swap. I started playing around with the idea of coming up with a sinking hair-hackle hopper pattern. After a number of not-so-good attempts, I think this looks like a good fishing pattern. The pattern uses absorbent materials to allow it to soak up water and sink below the surface to imitate a drowned hopper. I suppose the hair could be treated with some floatant to allow it to ride low in the surface film. Once the fly has been soaked with water, it should land on the water with a soggy "plop".

I trimmed the body below the hook, which seems to give the pattern a little better profile. The fly has a nice soft texture which may also add to its fish appeal.

Anyway, thanks for the inspiration. I went astray with the hair-hackle technique, but it looks like a pattern worth field testing.Image
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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by Pat M » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:24 pm

I'm guilty too.

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Post by letumgo » Mon Apr 27, 2009 5:56 pm

Very nice flies, Pat!
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Post by skunkaroo » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:08 pm

Arrg! My eyes! They're burning! Must...switch...topics... :lol:
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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by William Anderson » Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:22 am

:roll:

There is a rehab facility in Montana. If you want there contact information I can get it to you. All is not lost, there is hope, but you have to want to get better. No one can get you clean until you're ready. :D
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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by letumgo » Wed Apr 29, 2009 4:39 pm

William,

At this point I am still in denial and I do want to get better. I'm having too much fun going astray to quit now. Although, a rehab facility in Montana may be near some good therapy streams... ;) :D
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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by Soft-hackle » Thu Apr 30, 2009 6:24 am

OH WOW!, I should totally delete this thread, but I can't. :shock: I find the the flies too fascinating to get rid of them.

Makes me ask, how many use hopper imitations? When? For what species? Interesting Idea - A soft-hackle hopper. HMMMM. :roll: :idea:

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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by VERN-O » Fri May 01, 2009 7:09 am

Ray....love that hopper!!!!


Pat M....that second pic is nuts!!!!!! I love that one

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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by Pat M » Fri May 01, 2009 8:19 am

Nice tie Vern-O!! I like it!!! :D
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Re: Hairy Plopper Hopper (I've gone astray)

Post by VERN-O » Fri May 01, 2009 9:34 am

Pat...what is the tubing that you encase the legs with? (larva lace?)
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