Schroeders Parachute Hopper
It's never too early to get ready for summer with a few hoppers. This old pattern continues to be very effective and has an entirely different profile than foam patterns.
|Hook:||TMC 5262 or 5612, sizes 6 - 12|
|Post:||White calf body|
|Body:||Golden brown Antron dubbing|
|Wing:||Mottled turkey quill feather|
|Legs:||Ringneck Pheasant tail feather|
|Hackle:||Grizzly, barbs 1 1/2 - 2 times hook gap|
|Thorax:||Same as body|
1. Crimp barb.
2. Attach thread behind eye in touching wraps 1/3rd back.
3. Cut a small clump of calf body hair from hide. Clean and stack. Lay on shank with tips forward extending 1/2 shank length beyond tie in; securely tie in. Cut butts at an angle; wrap down. Holding upright make many wraps in front to hold upright.
4. Dub generous body to within 1/8" of post.
5. Treat windings with lacquer or Flexament. Separate section of quill 1/4" wide, cut according to diagram. Place round end to rear of fly, butt up against the post and tie in place.
6. Using 6 - 8 Pheasant feather barbs, tie knot in center (tricky, go to web for techniques). Apply Zap-A-Gap to keep fibers together. Tie in one leg on each side behind post according to diagram. Cut excess.
7. Prep hackle end with "crew-cut" (diagram). Tie in front of post. Hold upright and tie to base of post.
8. Dub generous thorax. Leave thread hanging on your side of shank.
9. Make 3 - 4 hackle wraps around base of post. While holding hackle downward, make 3 thread wraps around base of post.
10. Tie off behind eye. cut excess hackle.