Some meaty hoppers for January's assault on Lesotho. I started by adding a base of my Slab Slayer ice dub blend to the hook shank. I like to do this for two reasons. Firstly it gives me a decent base to attach the foam too and secondly I like that the underneath of the hopper has micro strands of flash that will give it a slightly more realistic look from below, especially after giving it a light coating of nail varnish once the fly is complete
Not that I think the fish will mind, but I'll tie up another batch with fewer segments along the shank and I'll use knotted Pheasant tail legs instead of silli rubber legs.