Fly Tying the Letort Hopper
Letort Hopper recipe, step-by-steps, and video with expert fly tier Charlie Craven.
January 20, 2016
Letort Hopper Recipe
- Hook: TMC 100SP-BL #10-16
- Thread: Yellow 3/0 Monocord
- Abdomen: Pale Yellow Dubbing
- Wing: Turkey Wing Fibers, coated with vinyl cement
- Collar and Head: Natural Deer hair
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Start the thread and wrap back to the bend of the hook.
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Dub the body from the bend up to about the 75 percent point.
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Clip a coated section of turkey wing fibers and trim the butt end to a point. This slip should be about 2/3rd as wide at the hook gap.
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Lay the slip on top of the hook with the tip extending just beyond the bend. Tie the slip in place with a couple firm wraps of thread.
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Clip the excess turkey slip close to the hook shank on the front. Build a thread base to the eye and back to the base of the body.
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Cut, clean and stack a clump of deer hair. Measure the tips against the hook so they are about a shank length long. Clip the butt ends a bit so they have square ends.
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Hold the clump of hair above the hook with the butt ends sticking out past the hook eye.
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Put two three soft turns of thread over the hair at the front of the abdomen.
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Pull the thread toward you and slightly back to flare the butt ends. Wrap the thread forward through the butt ends of the hair to the front of the clump.
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Cut and clean another bunch of hair and clip the tips off. Place this clump of hair on the hook from the front with the center of the clump even with the front of the first bunch.
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Put three turns around this clump and spin it on the hook.
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Work the thread forward through the hair to the eye and whip finish the thread.
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Use a razor blade to trim the head into a square shape as shown here. Leave the natural tips on top to form the collar.
Fly Tying The Letort Hopper Video