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Henry's Fork Hopper SBS


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#1 SBPatt

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

First time I used these were on a trib of the Firehole, loaded with browns hanging among some nice undercut banks. Apparently they were picky that day and wanted something small; all my foam stuff was too big but I had a couple of these and some Letorts in #12 & 14. Both worked well that day and even when the HF's were chewed beyond recognition, they still caught fish. Although I usually prefer foamies, there are times when these just work better, especially in the smaller sizes ( I don't tie these in anything bigger than a #10 because I don't have elk/deer hair long enough). Again, like the Madam X and other bullet head flies, I put the head in first; makes it much easier for me to get the head/body transition point correct and.


hook - Dai Riki 280 #12
thread - UTC 140 yellow
body - elk or deer hair (cow elk here)
head- same as tail, bullet-head
wing - landscape fabric
legs - rubber medium yellow
indicator - 2mm foam



Mash down barb and attach thread at head (gap width)

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cut a clump of elk hair (be generous, you'll want more than you think is necessary); clean, stack and measure for length (shank)

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trim the butts, a couple soft loops right at the hook eye and then pull firmly, letting the hair spin around the shank

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like this

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trim the butt ends

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cover hook shank with thread (to control body torque)

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cut another, sparser clump of hair; clean, but don't stack and trim tips

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brush a little Crazy Glue on hook shank, then tie hair in tip-first at backside of head

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wrap back to a point above hook barb, then create smooth underbody

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should look something like a Push-me Pull-you

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take thread behind the hook, pull up through the hair sticking out the back and make a soft loop (about hook gap length)

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pull tight, one more wrap then return thread to hook shank

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return thread to body tie-in point

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gather deer hair body and pull forward

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2 soft wraps

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and trim flared butts

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create 1st body segment

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then 2nd segment and return thread to body tie in

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trim wing (hook gap width) to shape and length; original pattern calls for feather (hen saddle or pheasant church work great) coated with head cement and pulled to shape but the landscape fabric looks good and is a lot easier to work with

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add a drop of Crazy Glue and tie in wing

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push deer hair back with finger (try to make sure it surrounds the head

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pull back around body

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2 soft loops and pull tight

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add leg near

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and far

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add indicator (these flies sit low to the water and can be tough to see); whip finish and add Sally

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trim out hair on bottom

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trim legs and indicator and you're done

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Regards,
Scott
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#2 Piker20

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:16 PM

Great SBS. Looks like it would make a good dry salmon fly too.
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#3 SBPatt

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:13 PM

Great SBS. Looks like it would make a good dry salmon fly too.


Don't think I have any hair long enough for one of those big bugs; gotta go with foam:


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Posted 22 May 2019 - 09:46 AM

Thanks for the refresher SB

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