Lance Egan - July, 2019
Several years ago while preparing to participate in a Green River single fly event I was introduced to a popular Rio Verde guide pattern called a Tootsie Roll. My friends at Spinner Fall Guide Service, Scott Barrus, and Charlie Card, convinced me that the way to do well in that event was to fish a dry fly, particularly the Tootsie Roll. The Tubular Hopper is a variation of the Tootsie Roll and has been producing well for me whenever fish are on smallish hoppers. Like most flies I fish, this is a fairly simple pattern, and for a hopper, is a relatively fast tie. With its Tubular foam body and trigger point wing it is a buoyant pattern that fishes well on its own or with a dropper. Add the magic of coachman brown hackle and some legs and you can’t miss (though I hope you get many opportunities to miss fish) with this little hopper pattern.
Also, if you are interested in floating the Green River with some really fishy guys, check out the Spinner Fall guys at www.flyfishgreenriver.com.
- Hook: Gamakatsu R18-B Multi-Purpose Hook - 10
- Thread: MFC Premium Fly Tying Thread - Light Brown - 6/0
- Legs: UNI Flexx - Camel
- Body: Foam Cylinders - Tan - 3/16"
- Hackle: Brown
- Wing: EP Trigger Point Int'l Fibers - Caddis Western Gray
- Tools Used: Renzetti Master Vise,