Tying the Black Hopper

The hopper is probably one of the most used dry flies out there, other than a shuttlecock buzzer of course. I usually use this fly on the point of a dry fly setup, simply because I don’t like fishing culls; they seem to spin up my leader and I tend to spend more time untangling leaders than fishing. My favourite pattern is the one featured above, it’s ideal for surface feeding fish and also a great pattern to use as an emerger on a sinking line. Usually with the addition of a sparkle wing…

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