Clod Hopper Fly

Clod Hopper

A popular terrestrial fly pattern designed to mimic a grasshopper.

How it's tied

Tying the Clod Hopper starts with a sturdy hook, typically in sizes 6 to 12. The body of the fly is made from foam, often two-toned, to resemble the body of a grasshopper. This foam body provides excellent buoyancy, allowing the fly to ride high on the water's surface.

The Clod Hopper also features rubber legs, which add a realistic, kicking motion to the fly when it's twitched or stripped. A set of underwings, usually made from a material like elk hair or synthetic fibers, is added for additional realism and floatation.

What it mimics

As its name suggests, the Clod Hopper is designed to mimic a grasshopper, a common terrestrial insect found near many fishing waters. During the summer months, when grasshoppers are plentiful, they often end up in the water, becoming an unexpected but welcome meal for opportunistic fish.

Where it's used

The Clod Hopper is primarily used in the warmer months when grasshoppers are most active. It's particularly effective when cast near grassy banks or overhanging vegetation where these insects are likely to fall into the water.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Clod Hopper

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Largemouth Bass

Marble Trout


Rainbow Trout

Smallmouth Bass


Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (Latin: Orthoptera)

The Clod Hopper mimics one or more species from the insect order Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids

Latin: Orthoptera

Orthoptera includes grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids, insects with strong hind legs for jumping and a diverse range of songs and calls.

Read more about Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids

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