Originator: Charlie Craven (Colorado)
Tied by Jeremy Barela
Photo by Jeremy BarelaHook: Daichi 1280 #4 – 8
Body: Tan, Yellow, Brown, Olive or Gray foam folded in half (match color to conditions)
Legs: Rubber terrestrial legs
Underwing: Krystal Flash
Overwing: Elk Hair
Indicator: Fluorescent Pink Antron (substitute Fluorescent Green)
Fishing a hopper
With the summer months in full swing, hoppers are out and because of this, they should be included in our arsenal of patterns. Hoppers can be found almost everywhere – the San Juan River, Jemez watershed, Pecos watershed as well as around the country on the rivers we travel many miles to fish.
Hoppers bring on some of the most vicious strikes. One of the most effective ways to fish a hopper is along riverbanks with a twitch. You can also fish these patterns along the bank of a lake, which has produced some of the largest fish I’ve seen from the Gravel Pit Lakes in Cimarron Canyon.
This particular pattern can be tied in numerous colors. I prefer tan, yellow and green, but other colors could be just as effective. What ever color you choose, just remember to have fun while fishing this great pattern!