I love Foam Hoppers!
Really all you need. Honest. These not so new fangled foam hopper patterns make hopper fishing pretty entertaining. They are so cool.
And they mostly float. Not as high and visible as you think they may. But high enough for sure.
Sure, I’m gonna get push back from the older hopper style lovers…but most of them can’t see anymore so that argument is moot. I too like low riding non-floaty type hoppers. I also like to see my fly. You can’t have a ton of success with a fly you cannot see.
You cannot legitimately make an argument that not seeing your fly is an advantage! You can’t.
Does Joe’s Hopper still work? Yes. How about Dave’s Hopper. Yup. Created by legends of the sport. Do brown trout care who invented the damn fly they are chomping? No. Do I? Nope!
Foamies are awesome. All of the colors int he rainbow are at your fingertips when spinning this synthetic floating dream to life in your vise. Or, let the masters of production fly tying do what they do. I do. Buy a boatload of them and soak in GINK. Then, toss them out and watch the magic happen!
You can bend foam. You can smash foam. You can paint foam. You can color foam. You can cut foam. You can stamp foam. You can cut foam with a laser. You can add rubber legs to foam. Eyeballs.
A foam canvas for us to create the best in hopper representation. Just awesome I say!
Foam does fall apart over time. Just like old marshmallows. Not as good with age. Rubber legs fall off of them. Glue dries up. Stale hoppers do suck.
So, keep them fresh. How about a Foamie Hopper Humidor? Huh? I know what you are thinking…Yep, Squeeky, you are a thinker. For sale at a fly shop near you soon. Why not. Fly fishermen are nut-so anyway.