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    Default Carnage Hopper (variation) SBS




    hook - Dai Riki 280 #8
    thread - UTC 140 tan
    body/head - 2mm foam
    underwing - landscape fabric
    wing - elk hair
    legs - rubber medium tan barred
    eyes - foam cylinder
    indicator - 2mm foam


    Made a few changes to Adam Trina's original, mainly in the construction of the head (found it easier to work with the folded foam as opposed to the chunk of 6mm). The spiral-wrapped body is a pretty interesting design (love the segmentation effect); not really hard to do as long as you coat the needle with something to keep the foam from sticking. Vary the size of the needle (swiped a darning needle from my wife for this fly) and foam thickness based on the size of the bug. I used 2mm because I wanted a chunky bodied-hopper look; 1mm and .5mm razor foam may be better alternatives for smaller hoppers/stoneflies.


    Part 1

    Insert needle in vise




    poke a hole in a strip of foam (hook gap width)




    and slide on the needle (you'll want that tag end to hold onto)




    didn't have any wax so I used a liberal application of Mucilin to coat the needle




    brush Super Glue on about 3" of the foam




    grab the tag end and spiral the foam up the needle; try to make the turns uniform in spacing and tension (for a fat body like this, I don't pull too hard)




    continue wrapping a few more turns; hold for a sec until the glue sets




    then slide the body off the hook; trim tag end




    mash the hook barb, insert in vise and wrap thread to hook point

    Last edited by ScottP; 05-23-2013 at 09:55 PM.

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    Part 2

    tie on a "binder strip" of foam (helps lock the body onto the hook in the following steps)






    position body on hook, coat binder strip with Super Glue




    brush a bit more glue on body strip and wrap forward 3 turns




    tie off foam and trim






    prepare underwing (hook gap width)




    measure for length (extend a bit past the butt) apply a bit of glue and tie in




    clean, stack and measure a clump of elk hair and tie in



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    Part 3

    invert fly, take another strip of foam (a bit wider than hook gap) and tie in at base of wing position




    flip fly back over, poke a hole in it for hook eye






    place a piece of foam cylinder at front of head




    fold foam over top and tie down at base of wing




    tie in legs




    trim excess foam and tie in indicator




    whip finish, SHHAN, trim legs, indicator and foam underneath and you're done








    Regards,
    Scott
    Last edited by ScottP; 05-23-2013 at 09:57 PM.

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    Great looking hopper Scott. Looks to me like a good alternative for the Super Glue, CA, would be something like fabric or headliner adhesive. Bonds super well, is water resistant and stays flexible, unlike most CA's that get hard when cured.
    Gordon
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    Scott thanks for posting the tutorial.

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    Scott - thats a cool hopper SBS... really like the body. Thanks for putting it up...
    Doug... a.k.a. 55dougie

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    Whoa!!! Killer hopper. I gotta tie up a few of these.

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    Pookey isn't the only one pretty in pink





    On second thought, the orange indicator seems a bit unnecessary.


    Regards,
    Scott

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