Video: How to Tie the Mop Hopper


Written by: Phil Monahan

Does the idea of using a Mop Fly offend you? Well, then perhaps you can get behind the way that Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions uses that mop material to create a cool-looking dry fly. Tim’s Mop Hopper (how could he resist calling it the Mopper?) looks complicated to tie, but it really isn’t. And the result is a high-floating, visible grasshopper imitation that should fool even finicky trout and bass.

In this great video, Tim walks you through the steps for creating the Mop Hopper, which involves a lot of superglue. There are plenty of cool tying tricks on display, as usual, and I especially love the way that Tim uses the doubled round-rubber of the rear legs to hold the single-strand front legs in place. Genius!

          Mop Hopper
          Hook: Nymph/hopper hook (here, a Lightning Strike NH7), size 8.
          Thread: Fluoescent green, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Body: Chartreuse mop “tentacle.”
          Adhesive #1: Superglue.
          Overbody: Green 2mm Craft Foam.
          Adhesive #2: Superglue.
          Eyes: Black permanent marker.
          Leg base: Caddis-green SLF Prism dubbing.
          Rear Legs: Barred round-rubber legs, medium.
          Adhesive #3: Superglue.
          Front Legs: Barred round-rubber legs, medium.
          Wing: White Polypropylene Floating Yarn.
          Indicator: Disc of 2mm Craft Foam.
          Adhesive #4: Superglue.

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