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.