Is it Hoppertime?

Outfitter Brian Sienkowski, "taking a day off ." This fish smacked a hopper somewhere down low... Photo: Andy Babcock

Will Coyne & Brian with a big one. Photo: Todd Coyne

There’s been quite a few complaints recently that there are no hoppers around and that fish aren’t eating them.  We’ve seen plenty of hoppers out there (not many in the water) but lots of them on dry, grassy high banks.  Fishing hoppers effectively takes as much commitment as fishing a streamer… you’ll catch far less fish on them than with smaller attractor dries or nymphs, but typically the fish you do catch are the fish you are looking for.  No doubt there have been some refusals out there, so try throwing some different patterns.  The main key is getting as long a drift as you can, while still maintaining good line control, (so when the big one eats you have a good shot at hooking it).  Some of this is left to luck, but as always it’s best to minimize your mistakes and capitalize on the few good hits you’ll get each day.

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