Pygmy Hopper

The “Pygmy Hopper” pattern by Christian Bacasa

The “Pygmy Hopper” pattern by Christian Bacasa

Nothing like a few wintery days to get you thinking about slapping hoppers on the water and seeing some gulpers come up for a tasty snack.

I’m refilling my box with my favorite little hopper, but it’s not just a hopper.

When designing the fly I wanted to combine something with the hopper to make it more attractive. After experimenting with several options, I finally started seeing significantly more success with this mash-up.

The Pygmy Hopper is a combination of a hopper and a PMD profile. A tiny hopper with a belly profile of an egg-laying PMD.

Give it a go. I’m confident you’ll like it.

Recipe:

  1. Moonlit ML052 #18

  2. Start by tying in your hotspot then whip and cut - Fire Orange Danville Flat Waxed Thread

  3. Next add a base Wapsi Ultra Thread 70 - Pale Yellow

  4. Now cut and tie in a thin piece of 2mm foam that is about 3mm in width and 3 inches long - start the tie in point at the top of your hotspot and work your thread up to the 1/3 mark

  5. You can cut the tail end of your foam just past the bend

  6. Work your thread back to the tie in point of the foam and create a dubbing noodle of PMD yellow dry fly dubbing. Make it somewhat thick but tight and wrap forward to the 1/3 mark

  7. Palmer your wire forward and tie off at the 1/3 mark.

  8. Now cut and stack a small pinch of yellow deer hair and tie it in at the 1/3 mark with the tips extending just past the bend of the hook

  9. Trim the butts of your deer hair and tie in two pieces of light dun CDC that are just a tad shorter than the tips of the deer hair

  10. Now create another short dubbing noodle and wrap over the foam up towards the eye without crowding too much

  11. Fold your foam back leaving enough of a foam head to overhang the eye - add two soft wraps around the foam at the 1/3 mark and cinch tight then one more wrap

  12. Tie in gold Flexi Floss legs then whip finish right there

  13. Trim foam and legs

Options:

  • Want a more visible fly? Try different colors of CDC: Orange and Pink for high visibility and black for glare situations

  • I keep the legs relatively neutral but go wild

 

Materials:

This brown trout fell to the Pygmy Hopper just as it drifted under a overhanging section of dry grass near the bank of the Provo River in Heber Valley Utah..

This brown trout fell to the Pygmy Hopper just as it drifted under a overhanging section of dry grass near the bank of the Provo River in Heber Valley Utah..

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