This is a really cool concept for a hopper, and while I’m not entirely sold on the bright pink and yellow, a more natural color combination would be something of beauty. There are a ton of great tips in the video, and i would say my favorite is the trick with the built in indicator. No worries about sinking that fly, it’s float through the whitest froth you can find.
I love the pattern recipe here, and it’s sad but true these days with (crappy) grizzly saddle hackle patches selling for $600 (Wow, yes 600 bucks for an old Hoffman grade 3). This is a slick looking ant, and I am assuming that the foam on the fly will keep it afloat with a very light coating of the resin. even if it doesn’t float, it’s a beautiful fly the I have no doubt will catch its fair share.
Hook: TMC 200r #14
Thread: 8/0 (70 den) rusty brown
Body: 1mm foam coated with Clear goo or similar
Hackle: Brown saddle hackle “…plucked from a woman’s head.”
I like to fish light colored flies for the visibility they offer on the water, and so this foam body version of a Callibaetis will slot in nicely into the fly box. this would also be a great emerger if you just reduce the shuck on the fly. Nice heavy hackle on the front and a beautiful profile.