Tying Video – The Mini Hopper

A number of years ago I ran across the Mini Hopper.  It is one of those simple flies that caught my eye right away and I immediately tied up a few and hit my local waters.  It has been a staple in my Panfish fly box ever since.  It is a simple fly to tie, and fish, and I think that is part of the attraction of the fly.  Many flies get over complicated with what they are trying to accomplish and I prefer simple patterns of complex ones.  The fly was developed (as far as I know) by Jason Jones, the same person who developed the Bluegill Candy Hopper.  He has a nice video that shows his take on the fly as well as an article on tying the pattern.  They are worth a look see and a read as it will explain some of the thoughts that are behind the pattern.

The Mini Hopper is simple to tie and is a great fly for beginning tiers.  It incorporates a number of essential fly tying skills and is very forgiving.  Meaning, if the wing or the body or the wingcase are not just “perfect” the fly still fishes great.  Plus, it is a quick tie that can be changed up for many colors or circumstances thus a person can have a box full of these in no time.  Remember, (for those getting started) the more flies you tie the quicker you develop your skills.  This is one of those flies that you can tie two dozen in an afternoon and not only work on your skills but have a very productive fly to fish.  If you don’t have the exact materials in the video use what you have.  The only real material you need is the closed cell foam which you can pick up at any craft store.  You can use whatever dubbing you have, some deer hair and whatever rubber legs you have (even rubber bands).  All in all, just the kind of topwater Panfish fly you should tie and fish.

Hook:Mustad 3906b, #10
Thread:Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier, Black
Body:Ice Dub, UV Black
Wing:Elk Hair
Legs:Sili-Legs, Orange Barred
Head & Wingcase:2mm Closed Cell Foam, Orange or Fl. Orange

I am continuing over the next few weeks with more Panfish patterns.  For those unable to get away from the vise, they are all fun to tie.  When you can get away and get back outdoors, you’ll have lots of flies to take with you.

If you would rather purchase some Mini Hopper flies 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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