VDS HOPPER STEP BY STEP
Words and photos thanks to Rex Fey.
Step 1: Hook #12. Tie in a thick yarn tail that will be trimmed into an extended hotspot body.
Step 2: Spin the body with deer hair. You will have to spread the deer hair around the tail before you spin it. It won’t spin easily due to the thicker section from tying in the tail. The first cut when trimming your body, should be one cut flat underneath the body. This is important to open up the hook gape.
Post-tying in the hair and pre-trim…
Step 3: Trim the body into the shape as seen above.
Step 4: Tie in an under wing of white or orange yarn. I prefer this to CDC purely because I haven’t got any CDC good enough to stay dry long enough.
Step 5: Tie in a clump of Klip Springer Hair over the yarn.
Step 6: Tie in a strip of white foam just behind the eye.
Step 7: Dub the head with hare’s fur.
Step 7: Pull the foam back and tie it in tightly.
Step 8: Tie in some rubber silly legs.
Step 9: I like to tie the fly off with a few half hitches, and then I thinly dub over the tied off section.
Step 10: Bring the dubbed thread all the way to the front on the hook and then tie the head of the fly off.
Step 11: Snip the foam off the remaining foam only once you have completed the fly, and there you have a VDS Hopper.