It's time to take a break from shoveling snow. Time to dream of green grass, warm breezes and summer sun.
So what if it's winter. It's hopper time.
Time to tie them at least. Also time to take a break from tying midges. Imagine that, something big enough to see without an electron microscope.
I don't fish terrestrials much, other than the occasional beetle. But, as far as hoppers go, this is my favorite. Excepting the rubber legs, its all natural. Just elk hair and turkey.
The pattern goes by a couple of names. Bullet head hopper. Mike Lawson's Henry's Fork hopper.
No need to reinvent the egg, so I won't. Here are a few links which detail the tying steps excellently:
This site has animations of the tying steps.....bullethead hopper by a fellow named Derek Porter.
Al Campbell at Fly Anglers On Line offers a slightly different version of the Henry's Fork Hopper.
The main difference between the two versions is in how the abdomen is tied in. Check them out and decide for yourself which is more to your liking.
I've tied some on Dai-Riki 270 (that's all I had, they also market a hopper hook, the 280) in size eight and twelve. I might also try to tie a few on a size sixteen just to imitate the smaller early season instars.
Now, where's that sunscreen?