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Simple Foam Rubber Grasshopper #9788531
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Been tying this one for awhile and had good success with it. Had a question from a Reader on how it's tied. Decided to post an article - "Simple Foam Rubber Grasshopper." Hope it may be of interest to others; it's basically a variation of a Foam Spider but with a different body.

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Great "How To". Thanks for posting.

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Thanks for sharing..........
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".........the wood rod casts beautifully, and through it you can feel the heartbeats of the small trout."
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Cool little fly...I'm pretty new at fly tying and just starting to work with foam.

Re: Simple Foam Rubber Grasshopper [Re: neal_david50] #9791396
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I like simple little flies - nice tie!
I call my version a "Q&D" fly (quick and dirty).. grin

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Re: Simple Foam Rubber Grasshopper [Re: fshng84] #9791665
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Love the top water take!! Nice fly to tie.


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Looks good to me..................nice tying
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Originally Posted By: chefmike
Looks good to me..................nice tying
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Mike, I was almost too embarrassed to post my Q&D grasshopper on the same page with your ingenious creations!


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Thanks all on the article and the fishing fly!

Liking the Q&D and that Bruiser Bluegill!

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Thanks for the info, off to the tying station !

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Surface action was the key today. Things started out slow, and then started hooking up using a Foam Grasshopper. Action was steady, and then the bugs started flying about and the Bass and Bluegill started to feed on them. Switched to the Griffith's Gnat on a Caddis Hook and hooked a few more before heading home.


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Was hoping to test out a Crawdad Pattern; ended up losing the fishing fly. Switched to a Foam Grasshopper. Hooked a few; missed a few. Still a lot of fun, especially with a fishing fly that can be tied quickly.


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Action started out slow but picked up after switching to a Grasshopper. Bass were liking Grasshoppers this round!


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Originally Posted by fshng84
Surface action was the key today. Things started out slow, and then started hooking up using a Foam Grasshopper. Action was steady, and then the bugs started flying about and the Bass and Bluegill started to feed on them. Switched to the Griffith's Gnat on a Caddis Hook and hooked a few more before heading home.


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Good job!
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Simple seems to be working lately. Used the Foam Grasshopper and caught and released 25 Bass and a Big Shellcracker. No Bruiser Bass but the Shellcracker did go 9" in length! Video speed was increased to shorten the video clip...


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Action was not as good as yesterday but it stayed steady. Used the Foam Grasshopper again. Today's Video.

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Had fun with Bass and a Bluegill this time using the Foam Grasshopper! Even got an action shot of a Bass chasing another little Bass that jumped out of the water. Today's Video.

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Here is a short video clip of the Bass that chased the little Bass while I was fighting the one. Was able to zoom in and slow the video down a little; it looks like it missed the little Bass on when it jumped in the air but caught by the shore! Video Clip.

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Used variants of the Foam Grasshopper using Foam Cutters that came in the mail yesterday! Calling them a Beavertail Grasshopper and a Foam Damsel Fly. The Beavertail Grasshopper is "chunkier" compared to the Foam Grasshopper and the Foam Damsel Fly mimics a small Dragon Fly.Today's Video.

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Started out fishing the Red and White Tube Fly used yesterday while kayak fishing. Had a strike and a miss, and then a hook up with a Bass. Then, after no takes for a while, switched to a White Foam Grasshopper in Size 12. Managed catching a couple more Bass, then lucked into a bed of Bluegill. Caught a number of them, then switched to a Green Foam Grasshopper in Size 10. Was able to catch a couple more Bass that went about 13", and then closed the round with one last Bluegill! Fun stuff! Today's Video.

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Always appreciate the videos and photos. I know that fishing and videoing at the same time is a tasking thing. So thank you.
I may have missed this in an earlier post, but where are you fishing in these videos?


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When I was fishing at a friends pond this weekend there were thousands of small green grasshoppers around the pond. I was looking for some hopper design patterns. Thanks for posting.

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Thanks rrhyne56! Most of them are at Bethany Lakes in Allen.

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Good action this evening. Foam Grasshopper seemed to be the go to fishing fly this time! 11 Bass and a Bluegill liked it! Fun stuff! Today's Video.

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Foam Grasshopper worked well this evening. Started later but did get a round of fishing in... ended with seven Bass this time! Today's Video.

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Foam Grasshopper did well again this round. Fished Bethany Lakes with it and caught several fish... Fun stuff! Today's Video.

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Foam Grasshopper worked today. No Bruisers but still lots of fun!

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Had fun this past weekend on the lake. Past few days, it's been work and more work. However, did get to break away for a quick trip. Fished for about an hour and caught four fish... - a little Sunfish that went for a COAF Guadalupana, a nice sized Bluegill, a Bass, and another Bluegill that went for a Foam Grasshopper!
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Managed to catch a Bluegill and three Bass using a White Foam Grasshopper this evening. Fun stuff! Today's Video. Pattern still works; especially like using it when the local pond is starting to get clobbered with "green stuff".

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... fish were going for a Size 16 Foam Grasshopper.

No Bruisers other than a nice sized Sunfish; no worries though, they all put up a good fight on the Micro Fly Rod!

Cannot recall how many fish were caught and released but over 20 would be a good "guestimate".Today's Video.

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With all the green stuff clobbering the ponds, decided to tie some Foam Grasshoppers for this evening's round of fishing. Good thing, caught a number of Bass and Bluegill. Posted a video of some of the action this evening; of note, was one Bluegill on the hook was almost taken by a nice Bruiser Bass that got away. Got some video of the "attack"! Today's Video.

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Grasshopper pattern keeps working; lots of green stuff to foul lines and lures. Grasshopper was able to stay "green" free and fooled a few Bass and Bluegill! Today's Video.

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Try the slow sinking spider; its dynamite for late spring bass and brim-p-

or this floater:

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Will need to try them out; had several Bluegill on beds that did not want to strike on the surface....
Lots of green stuff making it tough to fish but the grasshopper seems to keep working! Caught several Bass and Bluegill, and one Sunfish. All went for a Grasshopper. Crossing our fingers the City puts the "blue stuff" in the water to slow the green stuff from growing! Today's Video.

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Foam Grasshopper again!

Fished a local pond that we had not fished in a ling time. Good to see the Bass and Bluegill are still there! Did have a couple of others go for Bluegill on the line but they chased the fish instead of eating it. Did get some video of one of the Bass "looking" at a Bluegill on the line. Did not have a polarized filter but in the video you can get a glimpse of the Bass... nice one; moreover, it was one of the smaller ones! Today's Video.

PS: Posted the picture on the Fishing Bulletin Board.

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Tested the two-piece Micro Fly Rod with good results yesterday! Post. Worked well in combination with the Foam Grasshopper! Did hit a feeder creek today; working on the video. More to come! Foam Grasshopper did well at the feeder creek, too!

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Been some time since we fished the Feeder Creek. Checked it out yesterday, and overall the creek is looking good. Not sure what today's rain will do to it. No worries, good excuse to come back again!

Saw some nice looking Bass lurking in the area. Bluegill and Sunfish were also roaming about.

Went with the Foam Grasshopper and caught a number of Bluegill and Sunfish. Did get several Bass to look at our fishing fly, but all opted to move on instead of strike.

Lots of brush made it tough on casting, good thing we practiced roll casting last year. Came in handy this round! Yesterday's Video.

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Fished Saturday. Caught about 20+ fish. Largest fish was a Bass that went about 14". Used a variant of the Foam Grasshopper and a Saddle Hackle Streamer. Caught all but one fish on the Foam Grasshopper! Lotta fun on a 2WT Fiberglass Rod!
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The smaller size Foam Grasshopper coupled with the Two Weight fiberglass fly rod did well this evening. Caught twelve bass and lost several others. No Bruisers - largest went about 13". Still lotta fun as even these little Bass put a great bend in the rod! Today's Video

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Tried a new pond this round. Had passed by this little pond in the past but never stopped to fish it. On a whim decided to give it a try. Caught little Bass and Bluegill using the scaled down Foam Grasshopper. No Bruiser but still lots of fun! Today's Video.

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Tied a Tenkara Fly in a reverse hackle Olive Body and White Hackle pattern. For ease of reference, calling it an Olive/White Tenkara Fly. Lost the fly to a Bass but did end today's round with eleven fish - one on the Tenkara Fly and ten on the Foam Grasshopper. Fun stuff... will get more Tenkara Flies tied for another round of "testing" Today's Video. Glad to have the scaled down grasshopper in the fly box!

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Fished Russell Creek and tested the Tenkara Fly. Caught one with it, then caught the remainder on a Foam Grasshopper. Green stuff clobbering the area made it tough to use the Tenkara Fly. Fun stuff catching Bluegill on their beds! Today's Video.

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Playing around with the camera and green screen. Put together Vlog #1 that shows the action at Sonic Pond using the Traditional III Fly Rod from Cabelas and a Foam Grasshopper! Video. Glad the grasshopper pattern still works!

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Foam Grasshopper worked again Saturday morning! Vlog Video.

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Was able to make a quick trip to fish this evening. Only one Bass but the bite was steady for Bluegill/Sunfish... on the Foam Grasshopper!Today's Pictures.

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Despite cool temps and cold wind a quick trip to the local pond resulted in a few Bass and Bluegill that went for a grasshopper! Today's Pictures.

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Another quick trip. This time it's the Lower Pond at Bethany. Caught a couple using the Foam Grasshopper, kept using until a nice one broke off and got away! Today's video. Did tie more Grasshopper for the next round!

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Bass, Bluegill, and a Shellcracker this evening on a foam grasshopper! Today's Pictures.

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Foam Grasshopper gets several Bass this round! Today's Clip.

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Needed to add a few more foam grasshoppers to the fly box as well as throw in more Near Guads... Today's Pics.

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Needed to add a few more foam grasshoppers to the fly box as well as throw in more Near Guads... Today's Pics.


Green Grasshopper worked on three Bass this morning! Today's Video.

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Foam Grasshopper worked well today!. Today's Video.

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More action with the Foam Grasshopper this evening. Little bit slower compared to the other day with the wind and drop in temp but did catch a fish or two! Today's Post.

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More action with the Foam Grasshopper this evening. Little bit slower compared to the other day with the wind and drop in temp but did catch a fish or two! Today's Post.


Here is a demo on the variant of the Foam Grasshopper used yesterday. No chenille is used. Demo.

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More action with the Foam Grasshopper this evening. Little bit slower compared to the other day with the wind and drop in temp but did catch a fish or two! Today's Post.


Here is a demo on the variant of the Foam Grasshopper used yesterday. No chenille is used. Demo.


Downsized to a Size 14; caught more fish yesterday on a White Foam Grasshopper. Pics.

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More fun catching them at Bethany yesterday on a Foam Grasshopper! Post.

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Lost the one Foam Grasshopper, so tied another and "tested" it out Thursday evening! Still works... Post.

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Two Bass and a Shellcracker this round at Bethany. Post. One Bass and the Shellcracker went for the Foam Grasshopper, the other Bass went for a Near Deere.

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...no Bruisers but did get five Bass that went for the fishing fly! Video Post.

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...Foam Grasshopper still working again today! Post.

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Foam Grasshopper in white and size 10 worked for Bluegill this morning! Pics.

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Foam Grasshopper still working on Bluegill and Bass! Pics.

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...been wanting a whip finish tool with a larger gap then the one we bought at Cabelas. Finally got it done and made one! Post.

Wanted it specifically for tying flies like the Foam Grasshopper where the whip finish is completed mid-body.

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For anyone interested and in the area - Bethany Lakes in Allen, TX, hosting an informal fly tying demo on how we tie a foam grasshopper. No set agenda; simple and easy to tie... can demo other patterns we have posted about if desired. Event.

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For anyone interested and in the area - Bethany Lakes in Allen, TX, hosting an informal fly tying demo on how we tie a foam grasshopper. No set agenda; simple and easy to tie... can demo other patterns we have posted about if desired. Event.


Fished Sunday morning taking only one fishing fly - a White Foam Grasshopper. Managed three Bass... no Bruisers but still fun! Post.

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Originally Posted By: fshng84
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For anyone interested and in the area - Bethany Lakes in Allen, TX, hosting an informal fly tying demo on how we tie a foam grasshopper. No set agenda; simple and easy to tie... can demo other patterns we have posted about if desired. Event.


Fished Sunday morning taking only one fishing fly - a White Foam Grasshopper. Managed three Bass... no Bruisers but still fun! Post.


Demo went well. Not a big turnout but still fun, even caught a couple of fish using one of the fishing flies tied during the demo! Post.

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Here is a quick tie video of a simpler variant of the pattern... uses no chenille.

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Rainy day, sidetracked looking at the latest fishing catalog... reeled me in! Plan to flip the body around to make a grasshopper with it.


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Rainy day, sidetracked looking at the latest fishing catalog... reeled me in! Plan to flip the body around to make a grasshopper with it.




Package arrived! Made a quick tie video of two foam body patterns using the cutters. Video Post.

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Pattern still is producing for us on local ponds! More fun pond fishing! This time tried a pond using a 4wt and traditional fly line, then later with a one-handed spey fly line.  Really liking the one-handed spey fly line! Pond Fishing.


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Here is the fishing fly that we based the Foam Grasshopper on... the Betts Bream Getter. But, this one comes from a kit we picked up from Feather Craft called the Foam Spider Fly Tying Kit made by Wapsi. Looks just like the Bream Getter! Foam Spider aka Bream Getter.



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