This Hoppercock is an imitative pattern – some might say a modern fancy fly – certainly not a lure. From the Hopper family of flies, it could be a daddy long legs or any of the other drowning long-legged insects. The cul de canard (CDC) breathers allude to an emerging insect and will suspend this large fly for a short time in the surface film.
Once tied, it’s sure to be a favourite in your fly box for still waters and reservoirs as this fly will draw fish to it and ensure some good sport.
HOOK: Kamasan B100, #12, barb flattened
THREAD: Ultra 70d, dark olive
ABDOMEN: Tying thread, flattened and build taper
RIB: Sabiki olive flash / Krystalflash
LEGS: Knotted pheasant tail fibres, dyed red
WING & WING CASE: 3xCdC plumes, clipped and stroked
THORAX: Whitlock’s SLF Crayfish Orange, plus a final tiny amount of Brown Stone to cover thread wraps at head