Dave’s Hopper is a grasshopper imitation, when summer is in full swing these insects find themselves falling into the water and becoming food for fish.
This pattern floats high on the water because the deer hair is hollow and while packed in a dense spun head keeps the fly floating for a long time.
Once you master spinning deer hair you will find that it really is easy. Just practice and this will be second nature
Materials for Dave’s Hopper
Hook: 3XL Hook such as a Daiichi 1720 (Sizes 6 to 10)
Thread: White or Grey 3/0
Tail: Red Bucktail
Hackle: Brown Hackle Palmer ribbed through the body
Body: Yellow Yarn
Collar: Deer Hair Tips
Head: Spun Deer Hair
Optional Legs: Pheasant Tail knotted