Wednesday, November 15, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’ve been playing round with a number of Hopper patterns over the last couple of months for my upcoming trip to The Bokong river in Lesotho. One of these patterns I’ve come up with I call “The DHD (Deerhair Dubbing) Mini Para Hopper”. I recently took them to the Mooi river in the Kamberg and the Brown Trout loved them so am rather confident the Yellows on the Bokong will think likewise. It looks a complicated fly to construct but it’s rather easy to be honest. I tie these either on a size #8 and size #10 Mustad caddis hook but one could use any brands caddis hook of their choice.

Step 1

Place hook in vise at an offset angle and take either an orange or red thread and build a small hotspot a quarter the way down the bend of the hook. I used Fluoro orange for this tutorial. Then coat with head cement.

The main ingredient for this fly is Deerhair dubbing. This will give the fly the float-ability it needs. If you’re unable to get any then use a tan dry fly dubbing and mix it in with small cut...

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

|By Simon Graham

To be honest I haven't fished or tied these Para Hoppers before but after Gerhardt Goosen sent me a link to an article regarding their effectiveness, I decided to tie up a batch of them for my Lesotho trip in Jan and am rather stoked how they came out.

The Abdomen is Deerhair dubbing applied by a dubbing loop and the Thorax is a Spec Olive Flyworx blend. The wing casing are taken from a Jungle cock pelt. These three were tied onto a #14 Grip hook

 I truly believe these are going to get mullard up in Lesotho and will definitely take a box along for the trip.

 A slightly different Jungle cock feather used here as well as a different coloured post out of Antron, also tied onto #14 Grip

 Looks like I managed to trap the bottom hackle filaments on this one but am sure the fish wont care.

These were tied onto a #14 Mouche hook and I use light purple deadly dazzle for the post and indicator as well as another different Jungle cock feather. 

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