At the end of the Montana fishing season last year Wally, our head guide at Parks Fly Shop and I sat down at our fly tying stations and came up with this new hopper pattern for 2010. The key new feature on the proto-type pictured is the wrapped foam underbody abdomen. Pink was our hot color last season and we wanted the ability to customize the abdomen colors on our hoppers. This is basically Wally's GFA hopper with a wrapped underbody. It's a bit tricky to tie as we don't want any more than one set of thread wraps in the abdomen area. I'm tying hundreds of these hoppers for the shop in different sizes and various colors. I can't wait for hopper season in Yellowstone, it's a blast fishing these big flies when your used to fishing tiny trico's here in NY.... Go tie some!
Hook: MFCo. 7026 2xl nymph 8-10
Thread: Red 6/0 Uni
Legs: MFC yellow speckled legs med. for 8’s and small for 10’s
Underbody: pink craft foam
Overbody: tan craft foam
Wing: natural deer hair
Indicator: orange craft foam