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    Default Beginner at fly tying

    Hi guys,

    I recently bought some hoppers from my LFS and under the foam that the body is made out of there is "mono backing" loop tied into the hopper.

    can someone please explain to me what this is used and/or why it is there?

    Cheers
    Frederick

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    Also a newbie at fly tying.

    Sounds like it could be a weed guard.

    Maybe post a pic.

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    I will see if i can get one and post it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Taylor View Post
    Also a newbie at fly tying.

    Sounds like it could be a weed guard.

    Maybe post a pic.
    Hi Mike,

    Have a look this pattern
    http://www.flytalk.co.za/forum/showthread.php?t=4364

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    In the fly you posted the link to, it is so that the tail does not wrap around the bend of the hook, basically a support.

    Doubt that is the case for your hoppers. Perhaps you could post a pic?
    Daryl Human

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    No expert but i think it is so the tail does not twist around the bend

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy View Post
    In the fly you posted the link to, it is so that the tail does not wrap around the bend of the hook, basically a support.

    Doubt that is the case for your hoppers. Perhaps you could post a pic?
    I will take a picture and upload it

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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzy View Post
    In the fly you posted the link to, it is so that the tail does not wrap around the bend of the hook, basically a support.

    Doubt that is the case for your hoppers. Perhaps you could post a pic?
    agree, just wanted to reply with the same answer. maybe it is to build some sort of body profile? hoppers are great fun to tie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FCLoretz View Post
    Hi guys,

    I recently bought some hoppers from my LFS and under the foam that the body is made out of there is "mono backing" loop tied into the hopper.

    can someone please explain to me what this is used and/or why it is there?

    Cheers
    Frederick
    Hi Frederick,

    We do tie BIG foam hoppers with mono loops in order to fish them as a " Strike indicator / Control flies" the idea behind this: You will fish this on a floating line and suspend a few smaller nymphs off the loop ( loop to loop connection ) instead of tying the tippet to the hook bend. We also tie a few control flies with nylon loops extending out the back for quick fly change.

    Regards

    I will quickly take a pic and post it.

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    Some photos:




    The end result :


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