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Dave's Hopper




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Dave Whitlock's Famous Terrestrial 


Dave's Hopper

This fly is one of many great, now famous flies, developed by Dave Whitlock.  This is a great terrestrial pattern for summer trout, but also makes a very tempting offering for bass and bream.  I was never able to tie a decent looking hopper pattern until I saw Dave tie one of these in person at Contraband Conclave 2003.





Hook - TMC 5263 or equivalent Size 6 - 12


Thread - Danville 3/0 or monocord yellow


Tail:  Deer Hair dyed red


Body - Yellow Poly Propylene Yarn


Rib - Brown or grizzly neck hackle


Underwing - Pale yellow deer hair


Wing - Speckled brown turkey feather, coated with fleximent


Kicker Leg - Pheasant tail feather fibers


Collar & Head - Natural and Pale Yellow Deer hair


Fishing Notes:


When fishing this fly plop it down in the water

with a bit of a splat, the way real hoppers hit

the water.  Fish it along banks with 

overhanging grass.







Note:  When tying in body elements, wing and legs, make sure you eave enough of the front of the hook shank bare to have room to spin the deer hair collar and head.


1.  Wrap rear 2/3 of hook shank with thread.

Tie in tail of red deer hair. 


2.  Tie polypropylene yarn to hook shank, mid

way.  pull yarn strait back past bend of

hook.  While holding yarn strait back,

wrap thread over yarn all the way back

to bend of hook.


3.  Tie in Brown Saddle Hackle just ahead of

bend of hook.


4.  Fold yarn forward so that only a short butt

of doubled yarn extends back beyond 

hook bend.  Advance thread to front of 

hook over yarn, secure front end of yarn.


5.  Palmer brown hackle forward over yarn to

form ribbing, and tie off.


6.  Tie a small bunch of yellow deer hair in

just ahead of where yarn is secured 

with tips pointing to the back of the 

hook to form under-wing.


7.  Cut a section of turkey feather to shape

and place over deer hair under-wing to

form wing.  Tie off and secure.


8.  Using 2 or 3 pheasant tail feather fibers

per leg, knot to form the rear kicker 

legs.  After knotting I like to coat legs

with clear nail polish  to keep rigid and

durable.  Tie legs in on either side of 



9.  In front of where legs and body elements

are tied in, hold a small bunch of deer 

hair on top of the hook with butt ends

pointing toward and extending to the 

hook eye.  Make a couple of wraps with

thread, then tighten to flare.  Advance the 

thread through and to the front of the deer

hair.  With your left hand, pull the now

flared butt ends toward the back of the 

hook, make several thread wraps tight to 

the deer hair to secure.


10.  Begin stacking deer hair, yellow on the

very bottom and natural for the top 

and most of the bulk, to form head.  

When finished stacking hair all the 

way to the eye of the hook.  Whip

finish, then use a razor blade and

or scissors to shape head.





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