I've been going a little bit stir crazy over the past few weeks. Not a good thing. Crazy people don't need to be "stirred." Cabin fever hit me hard there for awhile.
While it's warmed up nicely this weekend - enough to turn 10 or so inches of snow into sooty, filthy slush that sticks to the bottom of your shoes no matter how hard you wipe them off - last week was a cold and snowy one. With the river pretty much iced over and the bike paths alternating between dry and slippery, I'm firmly stuck in the middle of my least favorite time of year.
So, here's my version of a "sun dance." It's designed to transport us into late July, when grasshoppers and other terrestrials annoy gardeners and excite fly fishermen. It's the first hopper pattern I've taken a stab at tying, and I had a blast putting it together. I have no idea how the fish will react to it, but I'll certainly find out this summer.
Hook: Size 10 Streamer Hook
Body: Pre-cut olive/beige foam
Legs: Green rubber
Wings: Elk Hair/white hot spot