If the hook has a barb, bend it down. Place the hook in the vice and roughen the hook shank with a file. Coat the shank with Zap-a-Gap and then wrap thread over it. Next, I lay the nylon body foundation on the hook, looping it so it’s on the right and left side of the length of the hook shank—from the eye to the bend—and wrap that on with thread. Coat that with either Zap-a-Gap and let it set.
In the April 2010 Field & Stream, senior editor Colin Kearns interviewed Dave Whitlock, a flyfishing legend who practically invented flyfishing for bass and created some of the sport's most popular and best fly patterns—most famously Dave's Hopper. Here, Whitlock explains how to tie the fly that's fooled untold numbers of trout, bass, and panfish.
Tying Materials for Dave's Hopper:
Hook: TMC (Tiemco) 5263 (the best all-around size is No. 8 or 10)
Thread: Wapsi 140 Ultra Thread in Hopper Yellow
Body Foundation: Mason Hard Nylon (same diameter as the hook wire)
Tail: Course red deer hair
Body: Yellow polypropylene yarn
Hackle: Grizzly brown
Underwing: Natural deer hair, dyed yellow
Overwing: Speckled brown turkey secondary wing quill
Legs: Ringneck pheasant tail
Collar & Head: Natural deer hair