August 13th, A Quick Hop

Hell Yes!Stopped by a spot I visit every so often returning from CSMP work and dropped a hopper pattern looking for a quick dance with a trout. Not much time to fish, just trying to get one or two to come up and say hi. Noon with an air temp of 82+ degrees makes for happy hoppers warmed and active. Today there was a stiff wind making for tricky casting but I’ve found that some of the best hopper fishing involves wind, hoppers tend to end up in the water after wind blows in mid-jump or flight. I planed to fish a section of pasture that was easy to access, difficult to fish and offering large rewards.

1st run really doesn’t look like much but to make that mistake would be foolish. Often the crack between the massive amount of in-stream weeds holds plenty of fish, combine that with being close to a bank containing weeds filled with hoppers and you have a good recipe for fun. With the first run I made probably eight really poor casts landing mostly in the weeds (both in-stream and on shore). Three or four more decent casts but fly line hung on weeds caused for a poor drift, finally the right cast, good float….and? Yes! Although small this was what I came for, pulling trout from the depths.

1st Spot, Tight Lane

I moved downstream and attempted to take a few more, got one strike from a decent sized fish but a poor hook-set allowed the fish to take off. If this happens I highly suggest stopping. Dry your fly. Honestly, move on in the hopes you can tempt one more on the pass on the way out. If the fish tastes hook you need to let them be, and how often do you think a grasshopper really gets blown into the stream, certainly not in the time it takes an anxious angler to make a few false casts, trust me I know, I’m that guy at times.  I moved down stream and working from a higher vantage point I let the fly splat with a nice bounce, I think it is that bounce that really gets the trout.

Trout StreamNoticing the time I sat for a moment and took photo’s of the hoppers surrounding me. Hundreds in several sizes, makes me want to work on a kind of micro hopper (I’m thinking a #14 hook standard length). I spied an orange hopper, green, grey, all kinds of hoppers.Today most of the hoppers were #12 but I carry much larger hoppers down to a #4. Find a few and tie your best imitation on and get swinging. I moved back upstream and attempted at the run I lost the  one fish, sure enough the third cast a fish came up and I lost that one too. I moved back to the first run, the place I had taken the trout from earlier. Although I didn’t get a strike here I did watch a nice brown turn all the way around to spy and deny my fly, had the drift been drag free for a second longer I think I would have had a chance at that fish as well. Honesty sucks at times.

 

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8 Comments:

  1. Hopper season can be fun with some splashy takes. Nice shots of those naturals, and that brown underwater with the hopper in its mouth is a great shot.

    -scott c

  2. You always capture such great images. well done.

  3. Hi. Found your blog last week and will be visiting regularly. Beginning to learn fly fishing and appreciate all the information on your blog about flies. I’ve added you to my blog roll. I’m currently a spin fisherman, but I’ve seen the light. Stop by and say Hi.

    http://shoretroutfishing.blogspot.com/

    Mark (Shoreman)

  4. Awesome i had a sweet hopper day myself today. Way to go hoppicater.

  5. Thanks guys, I’m hoping September goes well with more hopper action.

    JP, I hope your situation changes for the better up north. You’ve been cranking out some nice patterns as of late, I’m planning on building a 7wt this fall and tying quite a few carp flies, I might be asking for some information in the next few months.

    Mark, thanks for stopping in I try to post relevant information that I have used and known to be successful, I am no expert though. I’ll be swinging over to your site, take care.

  6. Thanks, I hope conditions improve too. Flows are finally starting to drop and with the cooler fall weather to come, those fish will start feeding heavily.

    As always, I have an open door policy, so feel free to bounce any ideas my way. I’ll be more than glad to help out any way I can.

  7. Outstanding shot of the brown looking up! That’s a once in a lifetime photo.

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