With the body cutter, shape the Hopper body parts. Two halfs will make one body.
Split the halfs carefully.
Use the leg cutter to cut the back legs.
Cut each leg in the thick part, as back as possible.
Use the wing cutter for the wings, using MFC wing material. There are options like feathers, fine foam that we should paint later. It has to be translucent.
Split the wings.
Prepare the Hopper pronotums with another cutter.
Place a dot of cianoacrilate in the body’s fine tip, the abdomen edge.
Glue the abdomen tip making sure the two halfs are even.
Seen from the side, the body should look like one piece.
Place a needle on the vise, tie and cement with some cianoacrilate.
Pinch the body from the inside to outside. The needle should come out to the back, in the middle of the two foam halfs.
Make the first segment with 4 or 5 thread turns.
Split the foam halfs, pass the thread and closet the foam.
Shape the second and other segments this way.until the back of the thorax. Tie and cut once you have 5 segments.
In a curved hook like the Mustad C49S reconnect the thread and cement.
One half of foam at each side. Use some cement in the opposite side of the hook and glue the foam, this helps later.
Shape a segment with thread on the tórax. Then glue the foams, hook overhanging as in the photo.
Tie the back legs and trim. Knot it.
Back legs position.
Connect the thread at the back of the head, present the wing and tie.
Trim the wing, glue the wing to the back of the abdomen with contact glue so it’s tight.
Tie the pronotum as it the photo shows. With cement it will remain stuck.
Tie the front legs making sure they point a bit downwards. The fly will fall correctly this way.
Use a marker to decórate the fly.
The antennae are glued with cement. The direction of these may not be that important to trout.
A Tomsu´s Hopper family ready to be fished near the bank vegetation!