It’s a Mini Hopper Swarm.

29 03 2014

Fly tyer’s are a creative bunch.  Some of the flies they create are works of art and absolutely beautiful.  I am not creative, I’m an accountant.  If I get creative the FBI and the SEC will come knocking on my door.  I prefer to follow set patterns by the artist’s and modify them based on the materials I have.

Today I was tying up some of my first foam flies.  I have never tried any foam patterns before and there are a bunch of them out there.  Everything from Spiders to Damsel Flies to Cicadas.  I was looking for a few patterns that met my 3 requirements, cheap, easy and cool looking.  While I was googling Foam Fly Patterns (You Tube is a wonderful thing) I came across a pattern by Ben Smith at www.azwanderings.com.  He originally saw this pattern on a different website and modified it a little.  Ben has great success with this pattern in Arizona for trout.  I plan on using it for bluegills but I may give it a try when the terrestrials start to show up.  Ben’s tutorial on his website says to use a strip of 2 mm foam.  I already had a foam body cutter for beavertail bodies that produced a body that had an abdomen, body and head.  Instead of using a strip I would tie the head of the beavertail body down and pull it over, tie it down behind the body and let the abdomen act as the wing.  I think it worked out pretty well.  Just need some different color foam to get some more variety.

 

Just a little thread and glue and a mini hopper is born.

Just a little thread and glue and a mini hopper is born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Mini Swarm

A Mini Swarm