Tying Video – Bluegill Candy Hopper

Here in central Indiana we are always on the look out for new panfish patterns.  Often Panfish are the first fish we are casting too in March and early April.  I think the reason we love them so much is that they take surface flies so well and you just can’t beat a warm summer evening out on the pond lazily casting a hopper to active Panfish.

I ran across the Bluegill Candy Hopper a number of years ago and was immediately taken with it.  Mostly due to it’s simplicity but also it’s profile and construction.  If you have been fly fishing for any length of time you know often simpler flies are better,  They certainly are better to tie at the vise.  The Bluegill Candy Hopper is no exception.  The fly consists of only four materials and two of those are the hook and the thread.  Some closed cell foam and rubber legs are all that is needed to make a few of these flies.  The original was tied on a dry fly hook but I use a longer shank and heavier wire hook.  In the video I use a Mustad 9672 which is a 4x streamer hook.  I like this hook better as I can retrieve my fly from grass, weeds,  and branch without straightening the hook.

The fly in the video is tied on a number 8 hook.  If this is too big for your conditions then go down to a 10, 12 or 14.  I generally do not fish smaller than a size 10 because I end up catching too many small (as in 3 – 4 inch) fish and the larger ones can inhale the fly so fast they get caught further down the throat.  There is an old adage, bigger flies bigger fish and it is true when it comes to Panfish.  This fly works well on not only Bluegill but Redear, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass and Large and Smallmouth Bass.  Plus, it is a lot of fun to tie at the vise.  Try mixing it up with some different colors of foam and rubber legs and in no time you have a box full.

Hook:Mustad 9672 #8
Thread:Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 140 Denier, Chartreuse
Body:2mm Closed Cell Foam, Tan and Chartreuse
Legs:Wapsi Barred Round Rubber Legs, Yellow and black barring

I must apologize for the less than perfect audio quality on this video.  I am working with a new microphone for the voice over and there are subtleties to this I (until recently) was not aware of.  This is part of the reason I did not have a video out last week.  However, I wanted to get this out for a number of reasons and decided to go with the not so great audio.  The Bluegill Candy Hopper starts a whole series of Panfish flies that I have been teaching and fishing for many years.

If you would rather purchase some Bluegill Candy Hoppers there are a few here at Dressed Irons for sale (while supplies last).

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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!

Remember….. It’s Fly tying….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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