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Deer Hair Hopper  at Cabela's

Deer Hair Hopper

Author: Rafe Nielsen

Grasshoppers are found throughout the United States. Learn how to tie a supply of this much needed pattern for your next trout adventure.

Deer Hair Hopper
A deer hair hopper can be tied in variety of ways, this is one of the simpler ways. The body can also be constructed died wool, yellow deer hair or foam. Legs can be made from pheasant tails or rubber.

The deer hair hopper is one of the most effective hoppers because of it's great floating ability. Fished along the edges of rivers and streams during the hot summer months and even into the fall, the deer hair hopper provides hot action anywhere grasshoppers are found.

Because of their large size, high visibility, and great floating properties, the deer hair hopper can also double as a strike indicator by dropping a small emerger or midge off the bend of the hook.

Tying Difficulty:4

: #6-#12
Thread: Tan or Black
Tail: Brown or red hackle fibers (or none at all)
Body: Yellow or tan yarn, wool, chennile (green works well in the early season), dubbing or foam.
Ribbing: Can be tied with none at all but for a higher riding pattern, clipped brown saddle hackle works well.
Wing: Brown mottled turkey quill
Head: Spun then clipped gray deer hair.

  1. Begin by tying in several fibers of red or brown hackle fibers for the tail (if so desired).
  2. Tie in a length of yellow or tan yarn, wool, or chennile.
  3. Next tie in a brown saddle hackle to be wrapped later (if so desired).
  4. With the length of yarn, wrap approximately 3/4 the length of the hook and tie off.
  5. Wrap the hackle in even segments forward the length of the body and tie off.
  6. Take a brown mottled turkey quill and lay it flat against the back side of the body. This wing should extend to the tip of the tail.
  7. Wrap thread to the eye of the hook and back to form a base for the head.
  8. Taking some deer hair, lay it on the side closest to you with the base of the hair extending slightly past the eye of the hook.
  9. Make one wrap and pull down tightly. Make a second and third wrap, each time pulling down harder while allowing the hair to "spin" around the hook. This will cause the deer hair to fan out and evenly spread around the hook.
  10. Take a second amount of deer hair and wrap it in front of the last batch, repeating step 9 until the entire head region resembles a large ball of tightly packed hair.
  11. Wrap thread to the eye of the hook and pull deer hair back so you can whip finish at the eye.
  12. Laying the end tips of the deer hair back across the body and wings, trim the bottom of the fly until it is flat. Trim the sides and top in a circular pattern and tapered toward the eye. The result should be a tightly clipped head in a conical shape, with a flat bottom, tapered toward the eye.

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