Red's Fly Shop - Joe Rotter's Hopper / Dropper


Red's Fly Shop - Joe Rotter's Hopper / Dropper



2 years ago

Joe Rotter at Red's Fly Shop says that this leader setup for fly fishing with grasshopper flies and a dropper (AKA the Dropper/Hopper) is the best system he's found yet.

This leader formula casts and rolls over great and the fluorocarbon tippet is invisible, tough, and fools trout. Joe also recommends using a loop knot to greatly reduce the tendency for hopper legs to spin the line up during false casts (great advice!).

Joe likes to beef up his tippet to the strongest he can get away with as this makes it easier to pull out of the occasional branch or weed snag.

He also prefers to use Rio Tapered Trout Leaders tipped with Rio Fluoroflex Plus tippet - all of which you can find at their excellent online store:


Sections 7
Knots 3
Est. Build time 2:10
Total length 8′4″

Build List

Products in this Build | Estimated Build Time: 2:10
Image Count Name Size Length Category
1 Loop-Loop Connection Knots
1 3X Tapered Mono 7′6″ Tippet & Line
1 Non-Slip (Kreh) Loop Knots
1 Dry Drop Indicators
1 4X Fluoro 10″ Tippet & Line
1 Clinch Knot Knots
1 Nymph Fly Flies & Beads

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