The hot orange hopper. A great fly fly for a bad fishing day!!
The hot orange hopper. A great fly fly for a bad fishing day!!

Believe it or not, the sun does actually shine in Scotland! Take for example last year, 2012, when we experienced one of the driest summers on record. It simply didn't rain and a photo of the West Highlands looked more like a postcard from Hawaii! With long, hot and bright days the fishing was not always very easy. At times like this it made you wish that you had a secret weapon in your box to break the deadlock.


Now you do! This fly can fished as a static dry to cover rising trout, it can be twitched back to imitate a sedge or larger insect, it can be fished as a bob fly in a good wave and it can even work as a sub-surface fly with the mix of gold and orange often bringing the desired effect.


The pattern can be tied in any colour combination, for example black wing and claret body for evening, white for night time and, as this example shows, hot orange with a gold rib for bright weather. Always good to have in the box when the going gets tough.



Hook: normal wet fly 10-14  (12 is used in this example.)
Silk: medium to fine black.
Butt: red floss
Rib: flat gold.
Body: hot orange. (sparkle fire dub is used in this example.)
Wing: deer hair.
Head hackle: cree cock.
Legs: knotted pheasant tail


Happy tying!

1) Tie in a short length of re floss and wrap it round to from a butt/tag.

2) Trim off the excess floss and tie in a length of flat gold tinsel.

3) Dub some hot orange dubbing onto the tying silk and wrap round to form body.

4) Now wrap the flat gold tinsel to form the rib.

5) Take 2 pairs of pheasant tail fibres.

6) Knot the fibres to make the legs.

7) Tie in the legs, one one each side, at the head of the fly.

8) Take a pinch of deer hair and add it ass the wing. DO NOT LET GO OF THE HAIR AS YOU TIE IT IN!!! This makes the next step much easier!

9) Trim off the excess deer hair and tie in tight, NOT LETTING GO OF THE HAIR!!

10) Tie in a cree cock hackle to suit the size of the fly.

11) Wrap the hackle round to make a nice stiff head hackle.

12) Tie in the hackle and tidy up the head before whip finishing the fly and varnishing.

The finished fly. An absolute winner for bright days and hard to tempt trout.