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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hopper/Dropper

fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysBEFORE WE GET STARTED, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM JAIME AT ZEN OUTFITTERS YESTERDAY AND HE IS HAVING A SALE. I HAVE USED HIS PRODUCTS FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY ARE THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED! TRY THEM OUT. LITERALLY JUST HEARD FROM JAIME AGAIN TODAY. HE IS HEADED OVER TO THE MADISON RIVER WITH FRIENDS NEXT MONTH, SO HELP HIM PAY FOR HIS TRIP PLEASE. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysToday's article: In late afternoon here during mid to late summer, hoppers fly off the banks in droves particularly when winds pick up. Fly fishing Idaho and Montana river banks can produce some explosive strikes and very large fish. Fish a hopper right against the bank if you can, but I must say I have even caught some lunkers in the middle of large waters this time of year.


Do not forget, hoppers come in all sizes and colors, so really LOOK at what's on the water. Unlike the proverbial midge, they are easy to see. Many will fall right onto your vest, pants or hat. Do take a minute to check them out up close and personal. It is well worth the few seconds to do so. I will frequently take one of my YSF Stinger Foam Terrestrials in tan or white and color (with a permanent marker) the fly's underside with the prevailing color of the day. That's right, they may be green one day, yellow the next and orange the next. Sometimes they even have a pink hue. So be sure to check them out closely every day when they begin to hit the water. Be aware though, even though the prevailing color may be yellow, occasionally you will catch more fish by contrasting a pink or orange.


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Color the underside - YSF Stinger
Now the biggie! Another really effective trick is to add a dropper to your hopper. Assuming no local regulations prohibiting such, this can double your hook up and then there is the exceedingly rare "double"--where you catch two at once. Simply tie on a local favorite to your hopper by whatever method you prefer. I like to tie off of the hopper hook curve. Some like to tie directly off of the hopper eye or some even directly off the tippet onto which the hopper is tied. These methods probably do not make a difference as long as you are proficient at whatever method you prefer.

fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysMidges like chironomids if fishing tailwaters, nymphs like pheasant tails or hare's ears or even dries like other hoppers, Chernobyl ants or a purple haze for example will all work as droppers depending on conditions. Headed over to the St. Joe next week where we will be dropping off, per IDFFA member Ron's suggestion a copper john or pheasant tail or adams.

By the way, a YSF Stinger will mimic a hopper, stonefly, salmon fly, large caddis, moth and even a minnow if allowed to submerge and swing and be stripped at the end of a drift. This really is a GREAT fly and of our own design. Try it. If you have trouble making one, email me and I'll send you one for FREE!

Thanks for looking and remember to fly fish Idaho this year if possible. It truly is worth the trip to our beautiful country. The Idaho Fly Fishers Association is waiting for you. Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, bent rods, screaming reals and happy Idaho fly fishing to all.

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