Video: How to Tie the GFA Hopper

Walter Wiese has been a fly-fishing guide in the Paradise Valley region of Montana for more than two decades, so he knows a few things about fishing with hoppers, both on the Yellowstone River itself and elsewhere in Yellowstone National Park. His GFA Hopper pattern is designed to float well, be visible in broken water, and offer a realistic profile for trout looking to eat grasshoppers or big stoneflies.

In this week’s excellent video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how he ties the GFA, slightly altering the original pattern. Tim’s methods for tying in the peacock herl underbody, cutting the foam, and attaching the legs make things quite easy, and they are applicable to many other patterns, as well. As always, watch these videos in 4K for maximum effect.

          GFA Hopper
          Hook: 2X-long hopper hook (here, a Dai-Riki #280), sizes 6-14.
          Thread: Tan, 6/0 or 140 denier.
          Underbody: Peacock herl.
          Body: Tan Craft Foam, 2mm.
          Adhesive #1: Fly Tyers Z-Ment or superglue.
          Wing: Bleached elk hair, cleaned and stacked.
          Adhesive #2: Fly Tyers Z-Ment or superglue.
          Hot spot: Bright Craft Foam, 2mm.
          Legs: Striped round-rubber legs, medium.
          Adhesive #3: Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails.
          Tools: Foam cutter, bodkin.

          Note: Tie this pattern in a wide variety of color combinations.

3 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the GFA Hopper”

  1. I have fished with Walt numerous times — if you are headed out to the area, i highly recommend him. Not only will you get a good guide for the day — he is very helpful with recommending self guided places and what will be working for the rest of your trip. Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing is his guide business. (Orvis: if you are going to mention a guy — give him a link in the post. These guys work hard and after two years of pandemic and the 2022 floods are rebuilding their businesses).

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