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Mr Blur 09-10-2012 08:13 AM

fotw challenge - 10 sept 12
we're looking at three options here. since I promised a foam free-for-all there's that. what I'd really like to see is how you tie yer mini-hoppers.

so we, could do one, the other or both.

as far as I'm concerned the biggest challenge when working w/ foam is eliminating the bulk. we also have a tendency to use to much of it (like krystal flash and flashabou-less is more). foam's primary asset as a material is its floatability. it's responsibility is to float the fly, not imitate the body.

again all this is just personal aesthetic, tie on garth.

oh yeah - I've got a prize for this one. harrison steeves' tying flies with foam fur and feathers. quite good actually. 48 patterns w/ s/b/s and development/fishing anecdotes make it an interesting read.

I think I'll go tie a mini hopper. again, have fun and be creative.
and try to take a better picture while yer at it.
challenge yourself to improve.

Newby 09-10-2012 01:10 PM

Come on people. This one if foam! Easiest thing in the world.

This is an orange mini. Everyone knows the recipe but I'll post it just to be technical. I'm including what I use to tie them, just different brands of the same material.

Hook= Size 12 Dry Fly
Body= Fine and dry dubbing over 1/4" thick orange foam
Hair= Mule Deer Hair
Thread= Uni thread 8/0 (I really like using 8/0 for most of my ties)
Legs= orange barred sili legs

Completed it looks better but no one will confuse it with Ben's.

I'll tie up a hopper Juan and post that as well.

Mr Blur 09-10-2012 01:41 PM

here's a couple quickanddirties.

lostdutchman 09-10-2012 02:59 PM
not a hopper at all.. but

the ole carp berry. the foam backpack lets it ride a little lower in the water ( olives are heavy so they float low.) and also makes it easy to see since sometimes you have to bomb some casts from a distance to not spook those jerks.

Mr Blur 09-10-2012 08:23 PM


Newby 09-10-2012 08:33 PM


Originally Posted by Mr Blur (Post 131470)

Seriosuly guys, its foam.

SAT 09-10-2012 08:36 PM

Twisted Mini
My "twist" on AZ Wanderings great mini hopper.

Hook- Daiichi 1180 dry fly hook sz 14
Thread- Black 6/0 Uni
Body- Very thin tan foam twisted into a rope
Wing- Elk hair
Legs- Tan barred tarantula legs
Thorax/Head- Green 2mm foam

In Progress

Finished-Side View

Finished- Bottom View

Instead of using a dubbed body I use a long thin sliver of foam twisted into a rope for the body. Creates a segmented look that in theory should be more bouyant than dubbing since its foam and shouldn't take on as much water...

Pics are junk. Camera never has taken good close ups and in the last month or so it's been "swimming" twice! :ROFL:

SAT 09-10-2012 08:38 PM

Colton, what camera do you have? Your pics look nice.

basshunter 09-10-2012 08:38 PM

My hopper
Tiemco 200R size 10 hook
body,scud dub shrimp scud
tan 2mm foam
olive deer hair wing
brown mollted over wing

SAT 09-10-2012 08:40 PM

Blur- Love that hopper! Very sleek looking.

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