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Carnage Hopper (variation) SBS

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hook - Dai Riki 280 #8

thread - UTC 140 tan

body/head - 2mm foam

underwing - landscape fabric

wing - elk hair

legs - rubber medium tan barred

eyes - foam cylinder

indicator - 2mm foam

 

Made a few changes to Adam Trina's original, mainly in the construction of the head (found it easier to work with the folded foam as opposed to the chunk of 6mm). The spiral-wrapped body is a pretty interesting design (love the segmentation effect); not really hard to do as long as you coat the needle with something to keep the foam from sticking. Vary the size of the needle (swiped a darning needle from my wife for this fly) and foam thickness based on the size of the bug. I used 2mm because I wanted a chunky bodied-hopper look; 1mm and .5mm razor foam may be better alternatives for smaller hoppers/stoneflies.

 

Insert needle in vise

 

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poke a hole in a strip of foam (hook gap width)

 

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and slide on the needle (you'll want that tag end to hold onto)

 

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didn't have any wax so I used a liberal application of Mucilin to coat the needle

 

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brush Super Glue on about 3" of the foam

 

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grab the tag end and spiral the foam up the needle; try to make the turns uniform in spacing and tension (for a fat body like this, I don't pull too hard)

 

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continue wrapping a few more turns; hold for a sec until the glue sets

 

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then slide the body off the hook; trim tag end

 

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mash the hook barb, insert in vise and wrap thread to hook point

 

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tie on a "binder strip" of foam (helps lock the body onto the hook in the following steps)

 

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position body on hook, coat binder strip with Super Glue

 

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brush a bit more glue on body strip and wrap forward 3 turns

 

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tie off foam and trim

 

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prepare underwing (hook gap width)

 

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measure for length (extend a bit past the butt) apply a bit of glue and tie in

 

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clean, stack and measure a clump of elk hair and tie in

 

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invert fly, take another strip of foam (a bit wider than hook gap) and tie in at base of wing position

 

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flip fly back over, poke a hole in it for hook eye

 

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place a piece of foam cylinder at front of head

 

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fold foam over top and tie down at base of wing

 

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tie in legs

 

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trim excess foam and tie in indicator

 

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whip finish, SHHAN, trim legs, indicator and foam underneath and you're done

 

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Regards,

Scott

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