Luke’s Stream Hopper

In this tutorial, Luke van den Heever shares his favorite hopper pattern. Luke uses it predominantly on the Cape Streams, but we’ve used it on the lower Vaal sight fishing to smallmouth yellowfish and in Rhodes prospecting for big rainbows. The fly has everything you want in a good hopper – it is buoyant and has that Madam-X profile.

Luke also shared his knowledge with all our tying friends at our Social Tying Event on 15 August. It was an evening filled with deer hair, foam, beer, and most importantly, some good laughs.

Luke, together with his friends, runs Flies From Stellies which offers guided day trips on the Cape streams. If you want an exceptional day out on the water be sure to get in touch with them.

Although this hopper pattern isn’t the easiest fly in the world to tie, it will help you practice and conquer tying in deer hair in a forward position in order to for the bullet head.

If you’re interested in learning how to tie the fly, please feel free to watch Luke’s full tutorial below. We also included a full material list and the links to them.

Material list:

Images of our event on 15 August 2022

Fly tying tutorial

Shop the materials to tie Luke's Stream Hopper

Eastern Cape Highlands

22-29 April 2023