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Old 04-07-2016, 09:24 PM
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Mini Hoppers

Hey guys,

I have seen multiple times on this site that guys are catching fish on mini hoppers. Unfortunately I don't tie flies yet. I was wondering if these were flies that can be purchased at a local fly shop or if they were tied by someone on this sight. I have a bunch of hoppers of various styles in my box but I can't really find hoppers any smaller than maybe size 12 at the fly shop. Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:31 PM
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Check out Ben's site at www.azwanderings.com.
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Old 04-07-2016, 09:32 PM
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There are quite a few of us on here that tie them. Great fly! For purchase if you don't tie check out azwanderings.com. Ben Smith is the originator of the mini hopper and he sells them on his website. I'm sure those of us that tie them also would be willing to tie them for you but I think that since its Bens fly and he sells them he should get first crack at it..
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:00 PM
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Ben is definitely the go to person for the mini hoppers, especially if you do not tie
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Old 04-07-2016, 10:16 PM
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They are sold at Desert Sportsman as well. Tied by Ben himself.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:47 AM
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You should probably get some furled leaders as well while you are shopping on Ben's page.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:38 AM
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I've had great success with his Mini-Hoppers.

Once I learned how to tie them, I was amazed how stupid easy and fast they are to make. One can make several dozen easily in no time at all.

They catch bass, crappie, bluegill and trout in the Missouri Ozarks, state parks and farm ponds. Taught some local Boy Scouts how to tie them up one night for their fly fishing merit badge (along with how to fish them), and now we have some scouts who are becoming fly fishing enthusiasts...
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:05 AM
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I'm taking some Boy Scouts to the Black River this summer in June. Sounds like I need to stock up on these.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:25 AM
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Thanks guys! I am about to place an order on Ben's site. I appreciate the help in locating these. With the weather heating up quickly, I'm sure these will come in very handy.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:29 AM
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You should probably get some furled leaders as well while you are shopping on Ben's page.
I have never fished a furled leader before. What are the advantages? How much tippet do you tie on to the end of the leader? I'm assuming that is a variable answer depending on the water you are fishing, but is there a rule of thumb here?
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