Tying Larry’s Passion Vine Hopper
The Passion Vine Hopper is essentially a triangle in silhouette so is very easy to tie in multiple styles.
My version is simply a body of thread or foam and a printed wing pattern.
Hook size 14 or 16 dry fly. Hook should be approximately 1cm long.
Thread body : useing black or brown thread , start at the bend and create a tapered body making it very wide at the front.
Wings – cut a triangle wing from any of the various wing materials that are available. The size is 1cm long x 1cm wide at the hook end. Leave a long narrow neck in front so you can tie the wing down. I put a good ‘dollop’ of thread cement on the body before positioning the wing and tying in, the wing covers the whole hook. Tie off with a large head. I also use a ‘blob’ of UV epoxy to make a fat head and colour it black with a felt tip pen.
Foam body version. this will not sink.
Start as above with the thread covering the hook and then cut a piece of thin brown foam (2-3mm thick) into a triangle 1cm long , very thin at the hook end and about 3-4mm wide at the head . Tie in from the hook end and make sure you finish clear of the eye of the hook. Again I put head cement along the body and lay my wing down and tie off. Do not crush the foam head when tying off as the head of the PVH is very large in proportion to his body. Again a blob of UV epoxy if you want too.
Very simple to tie but deadly when they are feeding on the surface under willows.
Fly Of the Month – The Red Buzzer (Roy Coulson)
Special thanks to Roy Coulson for this month’s fly tying demonstration, the Red Buzzer. Roy started fishing in the UK, where he captained the Derbyshire Team.
He fished in the All England competition and finished 29th out of 700.
Roy has been fly tying for over forty years and was also a tutor. He came from Taupo to demonstrate this fly, and prepared very good notes, including a pre-tied sample for all who came to the demonstration. Roy uses the red buzzer as a very effective fish catching pattern in lakes like Otamangakau and Aniwhenua. He usually fishes the Red Buzzer as the dropper, a damsel nymph on point and a dry fly as indicator. He says it is best fished static, or with a gentle lift and drop action….in many cases wave action will do the trick.
Hook: Kamasan B110 Grubber, size 10 – 16
Thread: Red Glo-brite Fluorescent floss (Shade No. 3)
Rib: .007” copper wire
Wing Bud: Mylar Holographic tinsel (red)
Wingcase: Mylar tinsel (Pearl)
- Tie on the red floss then double the floss over and tie it under the bed of floss from the eye to just around the bend of the hook. This leaves a loop which will eventually become the tail.
- Tie in the copper wire from the wing bud position (about 1/3 of the hook from the eye) to the tail, winding the red floss over it.
- Wind the red floss up to the wing bud position. Try to make 9-10 winds as this will indicate the correct number of segments.
- Wind copper wire to the wing bud position giving a segmented look, tie off and trim.
- Tie in the red Mylar wing buds keeping them evenly positioned each side of the fly.
- Tie in the pearl Mylar wing case on the top of the fly
- Build up the thorax area with tying thread.
- Pull both wing buds and the wing case to the tie-off point behind the eye and whip finish.
- Cut the loop in the tail to a realistic length.
- Apply resin and cure with a UV light.
Roy says this is a simple tie, but I found it quite tricky getting the Mylar tinsel in the correct place and tied down neatly……I obviously need more practise!