This version of the Chernobyl Hopper is quite a bit different from the one I grew up with. This is an interesting version of the fly with 2 different colors of legs and the deer hair wing. The dubbing looks great on this fly as well. The narration is in Russian, but you should be able to follow watching the video. If you like the Chernobyl Hopper, you should also check out the Chernobyl Ant, a pattern I’ve had tons of success on in the past.
Much like the slightly smaller Chernobyl Ant, the Chernobyl Hopper is now a staple in most fall season boxes. The hopper nymphs are starting to disappear and we’re seeing lots of larger hoppers while walking out to the creeks. I like this pattern, simple and quick to tie. I like to use a bit of Zap-A-Gap on the contact points with the foam to get it really stuck in place. Also, a bit of bright dubbing underneath doesn’t hurt. If you have some nice green olive and tan foam at hand, you can make a nice number of variations. Take note of the hoppers you see on and off the streams and copy that color scheme.