This Dave’s Hopper pattern is a mid summer to late summer pattern. The Dave’s Hopper pattern is credited to Dave Whitlock who combined elements of the Muddler Minnow and Joe’s Hopper patterns to make his new creation. This fly is designed to ride low in the film and you will find it easier to cast than other hopper patterns.
Fish this pattern late morning to early evening, casting back towards bank and imitates grasshoppers that have blown into the water, falling from vegetation or the poor ability to fly. Fish this Dave’s Hopper pattern into and around the banks of heavy vegetation in the height of the summer. The bigger the bug the bigger the strike so be prepared for explosive action.
Fish this pattern on the top water with a slow retrieve with action. With their size, explosive strikes will occur and large trout will be looking for this tasty morsel.