This is a pattern inspired by a Balsa popper pattern that posted in the Flytyer Magazine...
It's a soft foam body hopper pattern that use a soft body pencil popper from Wapsi.. most ideal hook to use is Gamakatsu B10S. I'm tying it in hook size 4 match with popper same size. but you can tie a bigger hopper with size 2 ... which may attract bigger fish..
How to use it...? do some short strip, trying to present a hopper on the surface trying to jump of struggle... make it slow... that give the fly more time in the strike zone...
Hook - B10S size 6-2
Popper - soft foam pencil popper
Eye - Epoxy eye
Wing - Flashabou and Elk hair
Legs - Rubber leg
The step by step tying instructions:
Roll the thread on the hook and apply some Zap a Gap
Insert the popper to the hook, wait until glue is fully dried
Tie in the segments of the abdomen
Cut a small thin section at the thorax area
Pin down the thorax and tie in the flashabou
Tie in the Elk hair and drop a small drop of Zap a Gap
Tie down the thorax and put on the epoxy eye
Use a needle to bring the rubber legs through the foam body, keep the leg close to the belly as possible
The hopper is ready for colouring
Colour the hopper with marker. The Popping Hopper is ready to pop...