Upper Left: tie an overhand knot near one end of four strands of silicon leg material (4” ) (bass skirt). Apply a very small drop of Gorilla glue to the knot and another small drop to the strands at 1/2 way point to form the “kicker legs”
Upper Right: wrap a thread base on a 3XL shank, size 6 hook as shown. Thread base covers about 1/2 the length of the shank leaving 1/4 of the shank at both front and rear exposed.
Lower Left: make the hopper body. Choices here Abe.
Top shows a body made of preformed foam purchased from Bob Marriotts. It’s called foam ant body and is the largest size available. Glue two pieces together to get a great hopper shape. Alternately, cut a section of Rainy’s float foam (1/4” diameter) and trim to shape as shown. You an cut a length of 6mm craft foam about 1/4 wide and as long as you desire the body of the hopper. I’ve shown a glue job using a light 2mm foam and a dark 4mm foam to give the fly a contrasting belly.
Cut a slit using an Razor blade in your body choice just slightly longer than the thread base on the hook. Apply Gorilla glue to thread base and slip the slit over the shank than tie it down as shown. No need for total compression of foam or great neatness. Just securing foam body to shank.
Lower Right: tie in legs as shown. Note the legs extend past hook eye not past bend. Clip off the excess strands and save. You will tie the legs into their correct position later.
I just meant you need to cut a slot down the center of the underside of the foam body to hide the hook. The slit/slot should be about 1/3 the depth of the 6mm body. The slot/slit should be just slightly longer than the length of the thread base on the hook shank. You will “bury” the hook shank/thread base inside the foam body using the slot/slit. Giving the thread base a light coat of Gorilla glue helps hold the foam body in place.
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