5 stunning hopper fly patterns to tie

Hopper fly patterns are great to use on lakes, reservoirs and rivers and work really well from spring to autumn. Here are a few of our favourite hoppers to tie.

5 stunning hopper fly patterns to tie
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5 stunning hopper fly patterns to tie
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5 stunning hopper fly patterns to tie
Estimated reading time 2 - 4 minutes

1. Claret Irish hopper

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Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 10
Thread: Uni 8/0 Red
Tag: Red holographic tinsel
Tail: Glo-Brite floss no.7 fluorescent range
Rib: Medium pearl tinsel
Body: Claret seal's fur or substitute and UV Black Ice Dub
First hackle: Claret cock
Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail fibres dyed claret
Front hackle: Natural brown or ginger dyed sunburt Hackle
Eyes: Jungle cock

2. F-Fly olive hopper

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Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium size 10
Thread: Uni 8/0 chartreuse
Rib: Uni Pearl No. 14
Body: Olive seal's fur or SLF dubbing
Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail fibres
Wing: CDC feathers
Thorax: Fluorescent orange seal's fur or SLF dubbing
Head: Olive seal's fur or SLF dubbing

3. Black midge hopper

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Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12
Thread: Uni 8/0 black
Rib: Silver tinsel or wire
Body: Dyed black pheasant tail Fibres
Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail fibres dyed black
Hackles: Light dun or grey hen hackles and dyed black cock

4. Foam back hopper

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Hook: Kamasan B170 size 12
Thread: Uni 8/0 Olive
Rib: Clear wrap or clear light nylon
Foam Back: Olive foam
Body: Olive seal's fur or SLF dubbing
Legs: Pheasant tail fibres knotted
Thorax Cover: Olive foam
Thorax: Olive seal's fur or SLF dubbing
Hackles: Furnace saddle cock hackles

5. Red tag hog hopper

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Hook: Fulling Mill Short Shank Special size 12
Thread: Uni 8/0 black
Body: Black closed-cell foam
Tag/Tail: Red wool
Thorax: Peacock Diamond-Brite or Glister
Legs: Pre-knotted pheasant tail fibres dyed black
Wing: Natural roe deer hair

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