Grasshopper Fly


Terrestrial pattern, imitating grasshoppers and other large insects, used for targeting surface feeding species primarily during summer months.

How it's tied

The Grasshopper Fly is tied using a short or medium shank hook and a combination of materials to create a realistic, floating profile. The body is typically formed from foam, deer hair, or synthetic materials, wrapped around the hook shank to create a cylindrical shape. Legs are often made from rubber, silicone, or hackle fibers, tied in to imitate the natural appearance and movement of a grasshopper's legs. The wing can be made from elk or deer hair, synthetic fibers, or even a strip of foam, tied in at an angle to imitate the folded wings of a natural grasshopper.

What it mimics

The Grasshopper Fly is designed to imitate grasshoppers and other large terrestrial insects, such as crickets or cicadas. These insects can be a significant food source for fish, particularly during the summer months when they are around mostly, and when they're more likely to be blown or fall into the water.

Where it's used

The Grasshopper Fly can be used in all freshwater types. It is particularly effective during the summer months when grasshoppers and other large terrestrial insects are abundant and fish are looking to the surface for a sizable meal. To fish the Grasshopper Fly effectively, present it gently on the water's surface, allowing it to drift naturally with the current, or use subtle twitches to imitate a struggling or drowning grasshopper. Try to land the grasshopper in spots where they're most likely to fall into the water: under trees and overhanging bushes, or near the river bank.

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Fish you can can fly fish for with the Grasshopper

Brook trout

Brown Trout

Cutthroat Trout

Golden Trout


Largemouth Bass

Marble Trout


Rainbow Trout


Smallmouth Bass


Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (Latin: Orthoptera)

The Grasshopper 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.

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