Letort Hopper

Letort Hopper

How to tie the Letort Hopper

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

Step 1

Start the thread and wrap back to the bend of the hook.

Step 2

Dub the body from the bend up to about the 75 percent point.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Hold the clump of hair above the hook with the butt ends sticking out past the hook eye.

Step 8

Put two three soft turns of thread over the hair at the front of the abdomen.

Step 9

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.

Step 10

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.

Step 11

Put three turns around this clump and spin it on the hook.

Step 12

Work the thread forward through the hair to the eye and whip finish the thread.

Step 13

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.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Yeti Roadie

Yeti Roadie

Ross Purnell talks with Fly Fisherman contributor Hilary Hutcheson about the new Yeti Roadie.

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

Casting Backhand in Tight Quarters

A backhand cast is when you use your backcast to deliver the fly.

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk Waypoint Collection

Huk's new Waypoint Collection fishing apparel is conservation-minded by using recycled water bottles.

RIO Slickcast Fly Lines

RIO Slickcast Fly Lines

Chris Walker, with RIO Products, talks with Editor/Publisher Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman magazine about the new SlickCast lineup of fly lines for 2020.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Best Panfish Flies Flies

Best Panfish Flies

Skip Morris

Best Panfish Flies

You can be a successful freshwater fly fisher with just the nine knots shown here. Beginners

9 Best Fly Fishing Knots You Should Know

Fly Fisherman Staff | Illustrations by Joe Mahler

You can be a successful freshwater fly fisher with just the nine knots shown here.

Some of the best scud fishing occurs during higher flows, or periods of extreme variation. Beginners

Scud Patterns for Trout

Pat Dorsey

Some of the best scud fishing occurs during higher flows, or periods of extreme variation.

This line control is one of the unique aspects of fly fishing. Beginners

How to Mend, Set the Hook, and Strip Line

Landon Mayer | Illustrations by Joe Mahler - August 11, 2020

This line control is one of the unique aspects of fly fishing.

See More Trending Articles

More Gear

Waterproof to 30 feet. Accessories

Tactacam Fish-I Action Camera

Fly Fisherman Staff - September 02, 2020

Waterproof to 30 feet.

Squaretail would make a welcome and visually striking addition to any angling library. Other

Squaretail: The Definitive Guide to Brook Trout and Where to Find Them

Bill Bowers - June 30, 2020

Squaretail would make a welcome and visually striking addition to any angling library.

An integrated lace hood allows you to easily tuck the laces away so your fly line doesn't snag on them. Accessories

Orvis PRO Approach Shoe

Ross Purnell - July 09, 2020

An integrated lace hood allows you to easily tuck the laces away so your fly line doesn't snag...

It excels in the 15- to 50-foot casting range. Rods

Douglas Sky G

Dennis Pastucha - July 01, 2020

It excels in the 15- to 50-foot casting range.

See More Gear

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now