Realistic Hopper – Grasshopper

(6 customer reviews)


  • Remarkably realistic hopper fly from Vania Flies – these hoppers look alive!
  • Winner of the Best Terminal Tackle Award at the 2015 EFTTEX.
  • Made from high-quality, floatable, and lightweight foam that provides buoyancy
  • It has just the right weight so when it hits the water, the way it floats emulates the real insect accurately.
  • Coated with silicone for elasticity and durability.
  • The flexibility and 3D design of the legs add a crucial advantage to this pattern – they provide movement to the fly when in water, mimicking the authentic behavior of the hopper.
  • Superior details on this design are so authentic – the fish will not know the difference.
  • Highly effective – this fly will provide top action during the hot summer months – expect some explosive strikes!
  • Floatable, light, and extra flexible material makes them super sturdy and long-lasting.
  • Prime quality flies to withstand many takes.
  • Choose from 8 colors: Gray, Green, Tan, Yellow/Brown, Brown, Yellow, Yellow/Black, and Pink, and three hook sizes: #6, #8, and #10.
  • Scroll down to the Description section below for more information on this fly and some fly fishing tips.
SKU: 100-031006 Categories: , Tag:

Realistic Gray Hopper
100-031006H06-01GrayHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Gray Hopper
100-031006H08-01GrayHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Gray Hopper
100-031006H10-01GrayHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Green Hopper
100-031006H06-02GreenHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Green Hopper
100-031006H08-02GreenHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Green Hopper
100-031006H10-02GreenHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Tan Hopper
100-031006H06-03TanHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Tan Hopper
100-031006H08-03TanHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Tan Hopper
100-031006H10-03TanHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Brown Hopper
100-031006H06-04Yellow / BrownHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Brown Hopper
100-031006H08-04Yellow / BrownHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Brown Hopper
100-031006H10-04Yellow / BrownHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Brown
100-031006H06-05BrownHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Brown
100-031006H08-05BrownHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Brown
100-031006H10-05BrownHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Yellow
100-031006H06-06YellowHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Yellow
100-031006H08-06YellowHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Yellow
100-031006H10-06YellowHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Black Hopper
100-031006H06-07Yellow / BlackHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Black Hopper
100-031006H08-07Yellow / BlackHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Yellow-Black Hopper
100-031006H10-07Yellow / BlackHook #10 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Pink
100-031006H06-08PinkHook #6 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Pink
100-031006H08-08PinkHook #8 US$3.32
Realistic Hopper - Pink
100-031006H10-08PinkHook #10 US$3.32

Realistic Hopper (Grasshopper)

The Realistic Hopper pattern from our Vania Flies collection is remarkably close to the real insect in looks, appearance, and the way they move in the water. Made from lightweight foam and coated with silicone for elasticity and durability. Superior details on this pattern mimic the look of the real grasshopper so well – they look alive and your fish will not know the difference. The fly is made of high quality, floatable and light material that has just the right weight so when they hit the water, the way they float emulates the real insect accurately. The flexibility and design of the legs add crucial movement to the fly when in water, giving it a more realistic look and providing that imperative advantage when fishing this fly pattern. The material is super sturdy – these flies were tied to last and will withstand many takes. These realistic hoppers are highly effective – expect some explosive strikes!

Realistic Hopper comes in 8 colors: Gray, Green, Tan, Yellow/Brown, Brown, Yellow, Yellow/Black, and Pink, and three hook sizes: #6, #8, and #10.

Winner of the Best Terminal Tackle Award at the 2015 EFTTEX!

Hopper Fly Fishing

Hoppers (grasshoppers) are ground-dwelling terrestrials from the order Orthoptera with powerful hind legs that enable them to jump energetically. They are large and bulky insects that often find themselves in the water where they start drowning the instant they hit the water. When in water, they would start vigorously struggling, kicking, and splatting. Accurately imitating these movements of the fly on the water surface can be an imperative part of your presentation. Dead-drift floating with an occasional twitch can produce some ferocious strikes from sizable trout.

Hoppers are ‘big meals’ so they usually bring the largest fish to the ‘table’. Adult hoppers hit their peak activity and reproduction from late June through October, sometimes even into November for some species. Great times for presenting this fly is during warm and breezy midday and afternoon. They are most active on the hottest days of the summer months. At the same time, these are the days when the water temperatures are warmest and water levels are the lowest – the times when even the largest of fish come out for some easy large meal.

Hopper Fishing Tip: When fishing with hopper patterns, throw your fly within a few inches of the water’s edge. Moving a few inches closer to the bank could be crucial when fishing with these flies.

Fly Fishing Terrestrial Flies

Terrestrial insects are land-bred. Some of the species of terrestrials include hoppers (grasshoppers), ants, beetles, bees, crickets, etc.

Terrestrials are one of the essential food sources for trout and other game fish during the summer months. Hot summer months are when the aquatic insects become sparse, the trout is the most active and grows the fastest. This is when terrestrials become their most important food source as a rich source of protein. A terrestrial falling into the water is a great and nutritious meal for fish as these insects are usually bulkier and heavier than aquatic insects and they provide a large calorie intake when the trout need it most.

Terrestrial fly patterns are effective from May till October, and sometimes even into November.

As terrestrials are most active and most likely to fall in the river during the day, the best time to fish these fly patterns is anytime from late morning all the way through the evening. Windy days are best as the wind ‘pushes’ them to the water. Optimal locations to present terrestrial patterns is along cut banks, grassy shorelines, or under big trees – places where fish wait for them – easy meals just dropping in. As these insects will eventually be pulled further into the river – midstream can also be a good place to present your fly.

On smaller streams fish depend mostly on terrestrials as their food source. Small waters don’t have the high-energy riffles where the aquatic insects spend much of their lifecycles. For fishing small streams – terrestrials are a must.

Be it mid-summer, early fall, or the midst of spring – fishing terrestrial fly patterns can provide top dry-fly action!

Weight 0.003 kg
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 2.1 cm

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6 reviews for Realistic Hopper – Grasshopper

  1. Whyant (verified owner)

    We fished the salt river using these as an indicator with a green nymph below. It was a day I will never forget. The call of “fish on” never gets old

  2. Bob Zieger (verified owner)

    Loved them

  3. Robert (verified owner)

    These hoppers work well, especially near cover close to shore

  4. Joseph Cannavo (verified owner)

    These are the most realistic looking grasshoppers that I have had the pleasure to fish with! They really work and well worth the money!! Frosty fly continues to provide the perfect customer experience… I strongly recommend this company.

  5. Anglinarcher

    I must be the fly in everyone’s ointment here, but I don’t see these as 5 star. They do look perfect, and I can’t count the number of fish that have come up to them, but refused in the last second. In faster water, the fish hammer them, but visibility is bad. I have modified the back legs to add more movement and that has helped, helped a lot, in slow to still water. I have added a tag to the top of the hopper to make it more visible, and that has also made it a lot better in when visibility is hard . FrostyFly sold bodies and I got some, and with the added tag on top with flexible legs, they rate a solid 4.7. Why not a 5? Well, they don’t look perfect anymore, but they fish better.

  6. Ozz (verified owner)

    Best darn hopper fly ever.

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