RE: Dave's Hopper
Yeah bing - that's correct. 1 slip, tied on top center and trimmed to a point or semi circle. Coated with head cement and let dry. Probably the hardest thing about this one is making the legs. I hope I described it good enough. There is a tool (kind of a crochete type tool) but I found that tweezers are just as good. You can also buy these legs already made up. I always make up a bunch before I begin tying them. Again - it's not as good as a foam hopper as far as floating high and durability but the bugginess of it - I like better. I don't really tie a whole lot of trimmed deer hair type flies either but I have found that the most important thing is to comb out the underfur before stacking. Helps me alot in allowing the hair to "spin", I take two or three loose wraps around the clump, then while pulling up and tightening the thread on the near side, gradually release your grip on the hair as it spins around the hook shank.
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