Parachute Hopper |
By Jason Akl
One of the best parts of summer hopper fishing is the opportunity to see fish materialize beneath the water surface and ferociously rise and take dead-drifted flies. Ed Schroeder’s Parahopper fly pattern is one of the more popular summer hopper hatch patterns that seems to bring out the worst in big trout. Whether it is the fly’s unique low riding profile or the general buggy appearance, trout just can’t get enough of this sleek hopper; giving fly anglers a handy technique for duping fish. The beauty of the Parahopper pattern is that this fly is relatively simple to tie, leaving more time to do what you like most, and that is fish. Ideally carrying Schroeder Parahopper in a variety of colors and sizes will cover any hopper hatch you may encounter out on a days fishing.
To fish the Parahopper take a more robust approach than normal and let the fish know that you mean business. Cast flies at their respective target and allow a noisy splash down. Once on the water let the fly drift for a short period then begin to actively twitch the fly on the water’s surface. When real-life hoppers land on the water they fight like crazy to get to the waters edge, so imitating this behavior will pay big dividends. The trick to fishing hopper patterns is to never take your eye off of the fly as it drifts. It only takes a split second for the fish to suck your fly down and a few seconds longer to spit it right back out. If you are mindful enough to keep a taut line while fishing flies then your chances of hook up will be significantly higher. Unfortunately Murphy’s Law seems to come into play here, and as soon as you turn your head or allow slack line to develop a fish will swing and leave just a quick.
Hopper patterns can produce great action for fly fishers as long as anglers are able to get away from the norm and create some commotion on the water’s surface.
Tie this fly in sizes 8-12.