Black Pearl Hopper
Hook: Size 10, 12 or 14 Kamasan B170 or 400
Rib: Opal Mirage
Body: Seal's fur: 'Blood Black', Ant Black, balck or dark claret.
Legs: Pheasant tail dyed claret or black, knotted.
Shoulder Hackle: Grizzle hen dyed red.
Head hackle: Black or dark claret hen.
It dawned on me when I was adding this fly to the site that this section is a little short on hoppers. I'll try to remedy that asap and add a few more of my favourites. Having said that, I seem to use hoppers more as wet flies than out-and-out dries these days. Dries they are are though, albeit extremely useful as wets.. I tied this one on the back of the success of the 'Black Pearl Dabbler', and it's been a cracking addition to my hopper box. Obviously useful as a dry heather fly pattern, but also handy when red or black buzzers abound, especially when on the large side. Already done dameage for me on waters as diverse and far flung as Chew, Cow Green, Malham and Stocks.