June 21, 2010

Stoned Hopper

I sat down at the vise a few weeks ago with the goal of tying some Stimulaters, but I forgot how much hackle those bastards take to make. So after wasting a perfectly good saddle hackle on one fly, I decided to go a different route.
There are a few variations in material for this fly, but the basic pattern is as follows...

Hook: 2x long med-light wire hook or a Daiichi 1270 or similar hook (size 6-10)
Tail: End of foam, biots optional
Body: Foam under-body (Evazote strip 1/8" wide or med "Rainy's" float foam with dubbing over it
Under-wing: "Hareline no-fray wing material" or transparent ribbon (from craft store) cut to shape.
Over-wing: Elk hair
Head: Deer hair bullet-head or Evazote foam (hook gape wide) tied in with dubbing ball over tie-in and then folded back over the top and tied down.
Legs: Two strands of rubber-leg material of choice.

1 comment:

  1. Mike... great flies!!! I will be giving those a try for sure.