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Klod Hopper
Created by Paul Stimpson, Utah
By Al and Gretchen Beatty

Paul advises, "I hate tying hoppers but I love fishing them. I took this problem to the vise to develop a quick, easy tie that would imitate a mature grasshopper, float well, and fool some of the selective fish I've had to deal with lately."

He started with a basic foam design, but when his first attempts were not as successful as Paul felt they should have been he went to the field and caught several hoppers to more closely study them. He got a real surprise when he inspected them up close. First the hoppers from his area did not have yellow bodies instead they had a tan variegated body. Also the kicker legs were large and red. Back at the vise the Klod Hopper was born and became an instant success with the fish and Paul. We must admit it's become our favorite hopper pattern as well and recommend it to all of you.

Materials for Klod Hopper:

    Hook: Size 6-10, Mustad 9671.

    Thread: Dark brown.

    Body: Tan craft foam.

    Hackle: Brown.

    Over Body: Tan dubbing.

    Wing: Elk hair.

    Legs: Red/black rubber legs.

Instructions - Klod Hopper:

Step 1

Step 1: Place the hook in the vise and attach the tying thread behind the hook eye. Cut 2mm craft foam into a strip as wide as the hook gape and trim one end so it comes to a blunt point. Position the foam strip so the pointed end sticks out beyond the end of the hook a short distance. Tie it on starting at the front and ending at the end of the shank. Leave the thread there for the next step and do not trim off the extra foam sticking out front.

Step 2

Step 2: Prepare and tie on a brown hackle. Dub a body that covers the back 3/4 of the shank. Palmer the hackle forward, tie it off, and trim away the waste end. Notice the hackle is sized smaller than normal.

Step 3

Step 3: Select, clean, and stack a clump of elk hair. Bind it to the hook to form a wing that is as long as the body. Trim away the excess fibers.

Step 4

Step 4: Select two sections of red/black rubber leg material and tie them both on the near side of the hook with a couple of snug wraps. Reposition one of the leg segments to the off side of the hook then bind them both in place with several tight wraps. Use your scissors to trim them to length.

Step 5

Step 5: Grab the foam strip remaining from Step 1, pull it over, and bind it to the hook to form the head. Trim away the excess foam. Notice the trimmed end of foam helps hold the wing fibers in place. Whip finish and remove the thread. Apply a coat of Aqua Head to seal the whip finish.

Step 6

6. A top view of the same fly. ~ Al and Gretchen

Credits: The Klod Hopper fly is from Al & Gretchen Beatty's book, Innovative Flies and Techniques, published by Frank Amato Publications, (2005). You can read a review of this terrific book HERE.

For more great flies, check out: Beginning Fly Tying, Intermediate Fly Tying and Advanced Fly Tying.

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