Friday, July 19, 2019

Pontoon Hopper

Pontoon Hopper

Hook - Dry fly style

Thread - Color to match

Body - Turkey quill for large hoppers - 1 1/2 inches and up; 
goose quills for medium sized hoppers - 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch
Legs/Pontoons - Smaller quills from duck or other small game bird wing feathers
Feelers - Moose mane
Eyes - Black painted eyes
Paint - Main body - Apple green acrylic
Legs/pontoon - Burnt orange acrylic

If you are the creative type, you can paint the body to look like a real hopper.

I found a photo in Mike Valla's book "The Founding Flies" and decided to tie one up. 

It certainly is not a very durable fly and I doubt that it would survive to catch a second fish.

Additional Research - Limestone Legends by Norm Shires, Jim Gilford

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