Joe’s Hopper- by “Flytire”

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on December 6, 2011 9:48 am

Our sister site is loaded with expert tiers and member “Flytire” recently posted a detailed tutorial on the proven Joe’s Hopper. A pattern developed by Art Winnie of Traverse City MI in the early 1940’s, it was originally called the Michigan Hopper. It wasn’t until Joe Brooks in the 1950’s when the fly got its current name. While shown here as a dry fly, there are many who fish it as a wet pattern with great sucess. Size and color can match your local insects.

Also, “Flytire” has a great blog packed with lots of productive patterns

Hook: your favorite, but something with a longer shank
Thread: white or yellow
Tail: red hackle fibers
Body: yellow yarn of your choice
Ribbing: brown hackle, trimmed
Wing: 2 matched turkey quill sections
Front hackle: brown and grizzly (I used a cree saddle)

Tie in red feather fiber tail

Tie in yellow whatever kind of yarn for the body and form a loop above the tail

Wrap the body forward and tie in the ribbing hackle

Wrap ribbing hackle forward an trim as show

Prepare the 2 matched turkey quill sections and tie in as shown

Tie in front hackle

Wrap front hackle tie off and you’re done

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  1. larrypauley says:

    this is a very easy fly to tye

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  2. Patricio Carey says:

    Excellent fly!!

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  3. witz says:

    Nice. I’ll try a few with floating yarn and some with foam bodies for Florida bass.

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  4. J. Shook says:

    pluus 5 for ease of tying and the look

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