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Woven Hopper

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The Woven Hopper was found in the Winter 2002 issue of Fly Fishing & Tying Journal. The pattern and accompanying article was provided by Robert Williamson.

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Hook:5212 Sizes 6-10
Thread:8/0 Yellow or olive
Underbody:1/8" corkboard trimmed to shape
Overbody:Tan and light yellow polypropylene yarn
Overwing:Lacquered pheasant or turkey.
Wing:Blond or natural elk hair
Head:Natural deer hair
Legs:Brown rubber leg material

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Tying Instructions

  1. Cut a 1/8" strip from a piece of 1/8" corkboard. From this strip, cut a length equal to the hook shank. Taper one end of this section to a point. Bind this section to the hook shank slightly forward of the middle of the shank. The tapered end should be out over the bend of the hook. The thread wraps should go back to the barb of the hook. Bring the tying thread back to the front of the corkboard.
  2. Take a ten-inch piece of tan poly yarn and tie an overhand knot in one end. Do the same with a light yellow piece of poly yarn. The knot will help keep the ends from fraying. Tie the tan poly yarn on the far side of the shank. Tie in the end without the knot. Tie it down to where the thread wraps on the corkboard end. Do the same with the yellow poly yarn on the near side of the hook shank.
  3. Grab both colors of poly yarn and run them up the sides of the extended corkboard. Pinch them together behind the end of the corkboard with the thumb and index finger of the left hand. Grab the bobbin with your right hand and pass it under the extended corkboard body. You will now be wrapping the thread up the extended corkboard body, binding the poly yarn to the sides until you get to the end of the body. This a little tricky, as you cannot let go of the poly yarn in your left hand. You have to toss the bobbin under the corkboard with your right hand and catch it with your right hand as you make each wrap of thread to the end of the extended-boy. Take several wraps of thread at the end of the body, between your pinched fingers and the end of the corkboard. Wind the thread back down the extended-body and onto the hook. The thread should be in front of the corkboard.
  4. Turn the vise toward you and begin the overhand knot weave Weave). Take the light poly yarn under the shank and the tan poly yarn over the shank. The first several braids will be on the extended portion of the body. When you get to where the corkboard is tied down on the hook, continue to weave covering the corkboard-body and hook shank. Weave forward until all the corkboard is covered.
  5. Pull both tag ends of poly yarn forward and bind them down in front of the woven-body. Wrap the poly yarn around the shank once right in front of the body and bind it down with tying thread. This will make a ramp on which to mount the wing. Clip off the tag ends. The ramp is necessary to keep the wing from being pushed against the blunt edge of the woven-body, causing the wing to flare up at a ninety-degree angle.
  6. Even the tips of some blonde bull elk hair. Tie the elk hair on top of the ramp in front of the woven-body. The tips should be even with or slightly longer than the extended-body.
  7. On top of the wing, tie a lacquered pheasant feather.
  8. Even the tips of some natural deer hair. Tie this in just behind the eye of the hook in preparation for making a bullet-head. Allow the hair to spin around the hook shank. Cover all the butt ends with thread.
  9. Pull the deer hair back and tie it down, forming a neat bullet-head.
  10. Tie in two brown rubber legs. Whip finish.

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