Grasshopper

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Origin

Since winning the One Fly Tournament in Jackson Hole, this hopper pattern has been one of the most popular and successful patterns available.  Ken Burkholder's Club Sandwich has quickly gained a cult following.  Ken is an innovative tier and premier guide on the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho.  During the summer of 1999 this fly was in such high demand that even a previously fished fly could bring a premium price.  The simple design simulates a hopper perfectly.  Variations of this fly are currently being produced by three major manufacturers.  The pattern offered is the club sandwich with a variation, adding wings.




Materials

Hook:Size 8 or 10 - Tiemco 5263Hopper
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Thread:Tan Monocord or color to match foam
Body:One layer of Fun Foam (2 mm) and two layers of razor foam. Colors are a personal preference. The fly shown has a top layer of tan (2 mm), one layer of gray (razor foam) and one layer of yellow (razor foam). The three layers of foam are glued together using rubber cement. The body is formed using an ant or grasshopper metal cut out.
Wing:Deer or Elk hair
Legs:Medium round rubber legs - brown, black or red.
Locator:Small piece of razor foam - any color that is highly visible



Tying Instructions

  1. Mount the hook and start the thread behind the eye.  Build a small layer of thread up and down the hook.
  2. With the thread just behind the eye, mount the body of the grasshopper.  [The body has been formed using one strip of Fun Foam glued to two strips of razor foam and cut with a grasshopper die.  Use rubber cement to glue the foam and place the foam under a heavy object - a book - to dry.  Using the form cutter, stamp out the body of the grasshopper.  Use your imagination as to the color combinations for the body.]
  3. Tie the formed body to the hook by forming body segments about 1/8 inches in length.  The first body segment should be twice as long as the other body segments.  (This is where the wings and locator strip will be tied onto the fly.)
  4. Using two lengths - each length is composed of two strips of rubber (do not separate the rubber legs) - tie an overhand knot in each of the two lengths.
  5. Tie each length of two strips to the body at the end of the first segment and at the beginning of the first segment.  The knot in each length should be towards the bend of the hook and even with the end of the body.
  6. With a bodkin or another needle type instrument, punch a hole through the middle of the first segment.  Pull a single strand of the round rubber leg material through the hole.
  7. Cut and stack a clump of appropriately sized deer or elk hair to form the wings.  Tie the wing onto the fly over the first segment area.  The ends of the wing should be even or slightly long than the body.
  8. Tie the locator strip over the first segment and cover the wing tie in.
  9. With a bodkin separate the front legs and cut off one of the two rubber lengths.  You should now have two front legs instead of the four.
  10. With a bodkin separate the back legs behind the knots and cut off one of the lengths to form two rear legs.  The fly should now have two front legs, two middle legs, and two rear legs behind the knot.
  11. Cut the legs to length.
  12. Using head cement, glue the thread around the first segment.  A line of glue can also be run down the shank of the hook to better secure the body to the shank.



Variations

Try various colors of fun foam and razor foam. Combinations are only limited by your imagination.




Fishing Techniques

Fish the fly as you would image a grasshopper would react if it had fallen into the water.



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