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Variations on Morrish Hopper

March 31, 2014

Morrish Hopper pattern ideas for foam hoppers

The Morrish Hopper has been the best hopper pattern the last few seasons, and for good reason.  The sculptured,  5-6mm thick foam body of the Morrish,  and knotted rubber legs, imitates the natural silhouette and bulk of the natural hopper, perfectly. It floats all day and requires very little maintenance.  This simple looking fly, simply works.  Even though you can buy this pattern in many different colors, there are endless foam/leg combinations that you can come up with to customize the Morrish Hopper to your liking.  I’ve had great results with flesh, yellow, cream or purple colored Morrish’s with rubber legs, or even thunder thigh legs.  My favorite variation is to add a poly wing under the foam post for better floatation and greater visibility. The poly wing helps keep the Morrish upright with every cast, plus it makes for a great hopper/dropper setup. Below are a few variations on the Morrish Hopper that I like to tie up.  Let me know some of your variations.

Morrish style hopper

Variation #1:  Thunder Thighs Hopper – Morrish Style

Body: Realistic Pre Cut Hopper Body, Tan/Olive

Kicker Legs: 1mm Foam with knotted super floss

Front Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs – Natural

Post: 1mm Orange Foam

yellow morrish foam hopper

Variation #2:  Madame Morrish

Foam Body:  Pre Cut Realistic Hopper Body, Tan/Yellow

Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs – Natural

Post:  1mm Yellow Foam

salmon fly foam pattern

Variation #3:  Salmor-ish 

Foam Body: Fuzzy Foam – Realistic Salmonfly

Wing:  Elk – Gray

Legs: Superfloss


 Variation #4:  Fuzzy Morrish

Foam Body:  Fuzzy Foam – Golden

Legs:  Zebra Hopper Legs – Natural

Post:  1mm Foam

Morrish Foam Hopper

Variation #5:  Inked Morrish 

Body:  5mm foam, Flesh/Gray

Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs – Green

green foam morrish hopper

 Variation #6:  Hopper Green 

Body:  Realistic Pre Cut Hopper Body, Olive/Green

Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs – Natural

Black and green hopper

Variation #7:  Cicada/Beetle

Body:  5mm Foam, Black/Insect Green

Legs: Barred Rubber Legs, Olive/Black

Wing:  Tape wing over poly wing

Post: 1mm Insect Green

tan brown foam morrish hopper

Variation #8:  Tan/Brown Morrish Hopper

Body:  Realistic Pre Cut Hopper Body, Tan/Brown

Legs: Zebra Legs

002MorrishHoppersVariation #9:  Purple Fuzzy Morrish

Body:  Fuzzy Foam – Purple

Legs: Zebra Hopper Legs

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2014 7:24 am


  2. April 4, 2014 9:08 am

    Nice grasshopper imitations. I am going to try out the Purple Fuzzy Morrish, the orange back resembles the grasshopers I see on the fields next to my favorite river.

  3. June 3, 2014 7:20 am

    Very nice handy craft… Past experience tells me that simple always works best. Good work!

  4. March 16, 2015 12:49 pm

    Awesome blog post! Very easy to read and follow how to. Thanks for sharing!
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