Grasshopper: Tying explains how to tie 16 practical Grasshopper imitations. The flies are tied primarily with natural materials, but also use a few synthetics like foam and rubber legs, and discusses techniques, materials and proportions required to tie practical fishing patterns that will fool trout, bass, and panfish. The book includes effective fly tying skills, like spinning deer hair, that will be applicable to tying other patterns. Tying any fly involves selecting the right amount and type of one material, then tying it to a hook in the right spot with the right amount of thread wraps with the right kind of thread. After that, other right materials may also be tied to that spot on the hook; then, other right amounts of each material are applied to the right area on a hook. We will begin with hooks.
There are over 300 color pictures in Grasshoppers:Tying that detail the tying steps and techniques like selecting and spinning deer hair, underwings, tying legs, and much more.
A bullet head hopper - or is it a golden stonefly adult imitation? Hmm - is a versatile fly that can be tied from very big, #4's+, to reasonably small: #14's
Combining foam and natural materials opens a Pandora's box of hopper tying possibilities. Learn the techniques and create dangerous floating flies
Select hair, clip away the right volume for the fly; measure, trim, tie in, select and spin, then trim and finish hopper after hopper that is sure to fool hungry summer trout - or bass, and other warm water denizens