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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Tying an Foam Hopper/Cricket with Davie McPhail

The Foam Hopper/Cricket is easy to spot on the water, it's easy to cast and Trout just love them so it's no surprise they've become a popular pattern amongst angler. These large flies come in a variety of patterns and are suited for when Trout are actively feeding on the surface and interested in chasing bigger morsels. Tied in a similar style to the big bugs thrown in Patagonia, this rubber legged hopper has caught some serious specimens in UK Stillwaters whether fished static or twitched and popped in the surface. Foam Crickets/Hoppers are also an ideal flies to be used as strike indicators as they float like a bung.

All of the materials needed to tie this fly are available from Glasgow Angling Centre as listed below, but as always, if you need any help finding materials or substitutes then we'll be happy to help. Time to tie the Foam Hopper/Cricket, with the guidance of Davie McPhail.




Materials Used:
Hook: Fulling Mill All-Purpose Medium Size 12 Thread: Uni-8/0 Rusty Brown Body: Tan 2mm Foam and Rootbeer Diamond Brite Wing: Elk Hair and White Aero Dry Wing Legs: Black and Yellow Rubber Legs Thorax: Diamond Brite Rootbeer Head: Tan 2mm Foam

Additional materials: Additionally, Davie made use of Varnish, which he applied to the thread after completing the fly.

Davie's preferred type of whip finish tool can be found HERE!

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