Just in case you haven’t been outside recently, grasshoppers are everywhere this summer. I’m finding them on my parked car, on my patio, in my little one’s pool and there’s simply tons of them where they are suppose to be…..in the long grasses in meadows and along side your favorite fly fishery. Get out there and enjoy the big dry action because we all know that first freeze will be here before we know it.
“Long-time-clients Rusty and his wife Kim from Utah came over to see what the Grey Reef is all about, but the fish did not cooperate unless you consider more than 20 fish coming to the fly pretty good,” said Roger Lynn at Snowy Mountain Outfitters. “Rusty had a ferocious hit on a leech early in the morning that he was not prepared for, but the moss and weeds were a little much to deal with. At 10 a.m. we switched to hoppers and had 19 fish come up to take our offerings. The fish of the day was a 3-pound cutt.”
The best bet has been pink morrish hoppers, leopard hoppers, Chernobyl hoppers, Joe’s hoppers and I’ve also heard Umpqua’s foam hopper is working well. Anglers will want to drift these big patterns down to fish whether they are on the Reef or the Arkansas near Leadville.
Recent reports have hoppers working like magic all over the Rockies. They were hitting hoppers on the Blue River last week, the Middle Fork of the South Platte is a sure thing with hoppers and other contacts are reporting great success on the Green and the Colorado as well.
Now is the time to tie one of these beefy dries on. It is also a great time to introduce a friend to fly fishing since big hoppers don’t require a delicate cast or technical know-how. Get out soon. Here in Denver, we’ve got about a month and a half before we will probably see a good freeze which will knock hoppers down and then it’s back to tiny flies and nymphing.