This is a terrestrial, tied for late summer. Leaf hoppers occur in
a huge variety of size and colors. Available world wide. Tie it
to match your local variety. It is one of my favorites for
Hook: TMC 100; 16-20.
Thread: White 6/0.
Body: White thread.
Hackle: Insect green hackle.
Wing: Insect green mallard flank.
1. Attach thread and dress hook to build a base and body,
winding to finish at the rear of the hook.
2. Tie in hackle at rear of hook and palmer closely to the
eye. Tie off.
3. Clip both the top and bottom of the hackle, leaving
4. Attach wing flat over the back.
5. Whip finish.
6. Apply lacquer or head cement over the wing. Let dry
overnite and apply a second coat.
All leaf hoppers secrete a liquid. Some are used to
make dyes, others in the production of shellac. The
common factor in all of the hopper patterns is the
wing lies flat on the back and is lacquered.
Fishing the Fly
Fish this fly tight to the banks and either dead drifted
or with slight twitches. A soft, careful presentation is
not necessary since any of the terrestrials tend to be in
the water by accident rather than design. Try bouncing
the fly off overhanging foliage so it hits the water like
the natural falling in.~Deanna Birkholm