How to Tie: The Project Hopper v2

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Fly Fish Food ties a hopper pattern that should fill your winter dreams and fly tying desk, the Project Hopper v2.

Difficulty: Intermediate

There may be no thrill in fishing like seeing a trout crush a hopper. With frigid temperatures of winter and shorter days here, it is best to think about the good old days of summer. The Project Hopper v2 is a hopper pattern that not only will float like a cork, but also take on the profile of a grasshopper superbly.

Although this fly may look difficult to tie, the River Road Project Hopper set will make this process much easier. No longer will you waste foam due to cutting too short or skinny pieces. This device will cut body pieces precisely and expedite the tying process. Using 6mm of foam for the body is a sure way to save floatant and keep your fly riding high all day. Hopper bodies for beginners can be difficult, but using this tool, your Project Hopper v2 will look like the real deal.

For those dog days of summer when the heat is strong and hoppers are popping off, this fly will get the job done. Being able to make many bodies at once allows you to focus your time on the vise to tying, rather than the monotonous cutting process. Until you can enjoy fishing the Project Hopper v2, it is best to stock up and fill those fly boxes so you are prepared for when the time comes.


  • Hook: Fulling Mill FM51 05
  • Thread: UTC 70 Denier
  • Body: 6mm Rainy’s Cross-Link Sheet Foam
  • Back Legs: MFC Foto Foam
  • Rubber Legs: Speckled Centipede Legs
  • Wing: EP Trigger Point Fibers – Pale Morning Dun
  • Sighter: 2mm Foam – Yellow

Now you know how to tie the Project Hopper v2!

Video and ingredients courtesy of Fly Fish Food.

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