Parachute Hopper
Tiemco 200R #6-12
Tan 6/0
Tan/Brown Antron Dubbing
Olive or Brown Floss
Treated Turkey Feather
Calf Tail
Pre-formed Hopper Legs or Knotted Pheasant Tail Fibers
Trout love grasshoppers. Tied in many different styles, colors, and sizes- hoppers provide a lot of protein to hungry summer fish.

Step By Step:
This first step is optional. Many trout anglers prefer to use what's called the "hopper/dropper" technique. This technique utilizes a dropper fly (nymph, wet fly, or tiny dry flies) that is attached to a bigger fly, normally a larger hopper pattern. Instead of having to run some tippet through the hook eye or attaching it to the bend, you can secure a loop of heavy mono (20lb Maxima used here) to later be used for attaching the dropper. Put some glue on the wraps over the mono for added strength.
Tie in the rib material and dub the body as shown.
Wrap rib forward and tie in legs. (look for a future article on making your own hopper legs)
Treat a mottled turkey feather with Flexament or other clear coating to add strength. Cut the feather so it has a rounded end to it.
Tie in the wing as shown.
Form the calf tail post and cover any bare spots with dubbing. For detailed help on forming and hackling the post, see our article "Tying Parachute Posts".
Tie in hackle feathers and wrap parachute style. Whip finish and cement head.
Top view.
Tied by: Chris Hatcher