Sunday, August 19, 2012

Featured Fly - Chernobyl Hopper

I guess its no surprise,  after being in Montana for a week fishing foam hoppers all day, that I can only do a hopper pattern for this featured fly. The Chernobyl Hopper has been one of my favorite hopper patterns, from years ago fishing in Maryland through August and September, so I had to tie a few for Montana; Orange, Yellow, Tan, and the infamous Montana Pink. It worked well, easy and fun to tie, and keeps your attention while fishing it.

Hook: TMC 2302 sz. 6 - 10
THREAD: UNI Thread 6/0 - Tan, or Black
Body: 2mm Foam - 2 colors 
Under Body: Dubbing to match bottom foam 
1st Wing: Krystal Flash - Color to Match Bottom Foam 
2nd Wing: Deer Hair - Natural 
Sighter: Bright Foam 
Legs: Grizzly Barred Rubber Legs - Choose Color 
Post: Hareline Para Post 
Wing: Saddle Feather - Grizzly 

Step 1: Starting from the front, dub the hook shank.

Step 2: After cutting your foam stack it, tie in both colors at the hook bend.

Step 3: Make 2 small wraps of the lower color, moving the thread about a 3rd of the way to the hook eye. Fold the top color forward, tie down.

Step 4: Tie in the krystal flash.

Step 5: Stack a small clump of deer body hair, tie it on top the flash.

Step 6: Add a small piece of foam for a sighter.

Step 7: Tie in rubber legs on both sides of fly.

Step 8: Make 3 sections of the first color of foam, Then fold the top color forward and tie in.

Step 9: Tie in the Para Post.

Step 10: Tie in rubber legs, giving the fly 4 legs on each side.

Step 11: Tie in a Grizzly feather for the Parachute.

Step 12: Wrap the feather 6 to 8 times, then tie off.

Step 13: Move the thread to behind the hook eye, whip finish and cut off. Trim the extra foam.

Step 14: Trim the foam, forming the body and head.

Finished Fly:

Beautiful Westslope Cutthroat with a Chernobyl Hopper in its mouth 

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