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Fly Tying: The Hopper Popper



Learn to tie this incredibly realistic yet easy-to-tie hopper pattern.

This fly pattern comes from the creative mind of custom fly tyer Adam Harman. Using the Double Barrel popper body on a Hopper pattern makes perfect sense; maximum floatation, keel, and water disturbance on the pop. It just works.

You can see more of Adam Harman's creations on his Instagram @blueridgecustomflies.

Fly recipe 

  • Hook: Surface Seducer Popper Hook, size #6
  • Body: Surface Seducer Double Barrel popper & slider body, small, white
  • Coloring Markers: Copic Markers
  • Abdomen: 1mm Craft Foam
  • Wing: Chocklett's Gummy Wing
  • Legs: Natural Pheasant Knotted Hopper Legs
  • Front Legs: Sili-Legs
  • Collar: Ice Dub
  • Indicator: 2mm Craft Foam

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About Brian Wise:

Brian Wise is a fly fishing guide in extreme Southern Missouri. His mainstays are the wild rainbow trout and large predatory brown trout of the North Fork of the White River, but he is also a self-proclaimed smallmouth junkie and loves the seasonal striper fishing as well. He's been the head guide at River of Life Farm for over a decade and has been featured in print such as Southern Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Field and Stream, Rural Missouri Magazine, on television shows such as NBC’s Today Show, Outdoor Channel’s Ultimate Outdoors, several appearances on Outdoor Channel Outfitters, and is a Field Producer for Chasing Waters on the Pursuit Channel. He was a 2007 qualifier for the coveted Best of the West distance casting competition and won the Bennett Springs distance casting competition with a whopping cast of 106 feet. When Brian isn’t guiding, he is fishing with his two sons. His fly tying and fly fishing videos are quickly making their way to the top of the list, and the Fly Fishing the Ozarks Youtube Channel is the fastest growing channel in the fly fishing genre.

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Comments on this post (4)

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Really nice easy popper, can’t wait to tie one up!
    Thankso

    — Aj

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Good looking fly- couple of questions- what is width and length of abdomen craft foam material- Are you using regular zap a gap type glue? How do you get the abdomen off the needle with all that glue?
    Thanks

    — Carl Kerschen

  • Oct 22, 2018

    Thanks for posting this, it was a great video. I’ve never seen the technique used to make the abdomen before. I bet this would make a great cicada pattern in black with a different wing.

    — Daniel P. Cooper-DCCUSTOMFLIES

  • Oct 22, 2018

    Thanks for sending this. Love it. Frank

    — Frank Wallace

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