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At The Vise: Morrish Hopper Fly

This is another stellar pattern and instructional video from the guys at In The Riffle. August is good time for chucking hoppers at the stream banks.

The Morrish Hopper is a ultra realistic hopper pattern developed by fly tying mastermind Ken Morrish. The Morrish Hopper combines the perfect grasshopper profile with real world fishability. The Morrish Hopper not only looks like a hopper….but it really does fish with the best of them! The Morrish Hopper can be tied in several color variations, including the realistic colors Tan and Olive. But do not underestimate some of the “wild” colors, such as Pink, Purple and Chartreuse. These colors catch just as many fish as the Natural colors. Remember….it is all about the preparation of this fly. Once you have the bodies and legs prepped, the rest is a breeze!

Morrish Hopper Fly Tying Recipe:
Hook: #06-12 Tiemco 5212
Thread: Tan UNI 6/0 or UNI 8/0
Body: 2 – Tan 2MM Foam and 1 – Yellow 2MM Foam
Top Body: Red or Orange 2MM Foam
Legs: Tan or Yellow Medium or Small Grizzly Barred Rubber Legs
Glue: Brush On Zap A Gap

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