|Orthoptera - aka Fish Food|
Subphylum Hexapoda - Hexapods
Order Orthoptera - Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
That's right, hoppers are back in Idaho after an almost 3 year lull and they are HUGE. Except for a few last summer, most had disappeared. I don't know whether it was the moisture (we got lots of rain), the temperature (it was mild) or the wolves (they'll eat anything and we love to blame them in Idaho for decreasing wildlife populations). Anyway, trout love them.
|Big Horn Brown with a mouth full.|
Just watch and listen for the huge splashes as the fish chase, catch and eat those six-legged insect from their riverbank smorgasbord. It can make for a very exciting time for the Idaho Fly Fisher particularly this time of year. Oh what I wouldn't give to be fishing the Big Horn this time of year when the locust blow into the river from the wheat fields above. Oh yeah. That's right. I'll be there in 2 weeks. Hopefully the Orthoptera will be there as well.
|Nice Big Horn Brown|
during hopper season 2011.
On this occasion, try out the YSF Stinger. A simple fly to tie and a great pattern for these hopper days. Check out closely the color of your local grasshoppers and use permanent colored markers to change your YSF Stinger appropriately. When casting, splash them down hard; if tied correctly, they WILL NOT SINK. Twitch them frequently on top just like real live hoppers. At the end of the drift try stripping down just beneath the surface. I honestly believe the fish sometimes believe they are minnow and strike them very aggressively.
PS-Don't forget those Hopper/Hopper Tandem Secrets.
Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms and exciting hopper takes to you all.
Tags: Big Horn River - MT