|High Visibility Hopper X|
Nick Ooi call me and ask me if I could tie him 2 dozen of Hopper pattern size 6 and 8.... with a request of make if easier to see when fishing.
Last year, Nick have landed lots of Lenoks using my hopper pattern. This year... I'm going to tie him some hopper with high visibility tag
I hope he will hook a Taimen with the Hopper X.... :)
Some of the Hopper X ready to go
Nick Ooi and his Lenoks with the Hopper X
Is that a Taimen...? Well done Nick
Pheasant tail fiber knob legs
Burn orange Elk hair
Hook and That's it....
Oh... Markers and Loon hard head for the eye ( Optional )
This tying instruction is going to be long and detail.... just to make sure everyone see clearly all the steps and technique needed...
Step by step tying instructions:
Prepare the hook and put in the foam about 6-7mm width
Tie down the foam
Tie an extra section behind the hook... this is important, as I have this to create the 'butt' of the hopper.. :)
Tie down the abdomen section as per the picture, notice that I tie it down tight and the end, this will stop the foam from roll around the hook
Now spin your line back but make sure the line goes into the gap of the abdomen section
Now fold the extra section and tie down the upper foam according to the sections, if you worry the foam will roll, you can choose to drop a small amount of super glue before you tie in the upper foam
Make a hole at the foam
Fold the foam over thru the hole and tie down
Make another hole at the foam
Fold the foam over thru the hook eye again, tie the foam to create the mouth part and also to secure the foam
Turn the vise and tie down the foam to create the head
I will normally trim the mouth part to imitate the hopper head profile
This is how I like it to be
Now lay the line to the next section
Tie down the foam and trim it
If you as fussy like me, color the hopper body with marker... if you are not, I believe the fish would blame you
Tie in some flashabou
Tie in some Elk hair, you may also use dear hair if you wish
Tie in the knob Pheasant tail legs
Tie down the legs
Split the fiber and use them as the other 2 pair of legs too
Tie down the legs
Tie in the tape wing ( my tape wing is colored magic tape )
Nick.... I tie in the bright yellow foam as the tag for you....
Don't tell me you still can't see them..!!!
Whip finish and trim the legs
View from below.... that's what the fish see
View from side
A different angle view.... Nick..! can you see them..? If you still can't see them, get another pair of glasses.... !!! :p
If you extra fussy... you can put in the antenna and color the hopper
Cheers.... I hope everyone happy and hook some fish with this hopper....
Tight lines and good luck