It's Never Too Hot for Hoppers

August 10, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Pick any river lined with grassy banks and it’s hard to go wrong with hopper flies in the heat of summer. Add wind and you have one more ingredient in what can be fabulous mid-day fishing. But as Eric Sharp points out, there are still a couple of things you can do wrong. One is to ignore the local hoppers’ colors. The other is to choose the wrong size. “One mistake many anglers make is the same one they make with Hexagenia mayflies — using imitations that are far too big. If you hold a grasshopper up to a hook gauge, you see that even the biggest are usually No. 2-4 in length, and most are about 4-8. You don’t have to exaggerate the size to get fish interested in hoppers — the insect equivalent of a submarine sandwich.” In the Detroit Free Press.