By Louis Cahill
What time is it boys and girls? Time to fish hoppers!
I don’t know if there is any kind of trout fishing more rewarding than fishing hoppers. Big bugs and big splashy takes under sunny summer skies. It doesn’t get much better than that. I’m headed west in a few days and it has me looking over my terrestrial box for the usual suspects. With that in mind, I thought I’d share what I’m thinking.
Here are my current 6 favorite grasshopper patterns
I’m going old school for my first choice. I’ve been fishing this fly for as long as I can remember and it works as well today as it ever did. No space-age polymers in this baby but it sure gets eaten.
Where’s the beef? Right here. This spindly bug rides low in the water like the real thing and is tough as nails. It needs to be, ‘cause it gets chewed on.
Another classic, but I have caught so many fish on this fly I can’t see taking it out of the rotation. It’s an easy pattern to tie as well.
If this doesn’t get their attention, nothing will. A bright foam pattern that makes a big splat when it hits the water. Perfect for hopper-dropper rigs. I like this fly in fast or broken water where fish have to make a fast call.
This is my go-to pattern when the fish are feeling a little shy. I fish them small and they work when nothing else does. They’re a little hard to see on the water but the fish find them just fine.
This little fly is dead sexy. I like it as a dropper behind a floating hopper pattern. It lowers the level of commitment for those big educated fish.
Stock up on these deadly hopper patterns and let us know how you do! You can always post photos of your fish on the G&G Facebook page or tag us on Instagraham. Now get hopping!Louis Cahill Gink & Gasoline www.ginkandgasoline.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sign Up For Our Weekly Newsletter!