Trouts Journal

GEAR GUIDE || Nine Picks for Hoppers

Ivan Orsic / Jul 21, 2020

For those of us who aren't into techy dry fly fishing with smaller than small tricos and prefer a trout to absolutely smoke a big foam fly, well, we've got good news. Hopper season is here and it'll be here for quite some time. There will be plenty of clumsy terrestrials tumbling into your favorite water through early fall. So, tie a big foam hopper on, cast at that one super inviting cut bank you daydream of when you're at work, and hold on. IT'S HOPPER TIME!

With that in mind, we've put together a collection of gear that will help you get ready to get to the HOPPPPERRR!!!

Cliff Outdoors Head Liner

If you're anything like us, hopper season coincides with you voluntarily driving the value of your vehicle down by sticking your well-loved hopper into the upholstery. Enter the Cliff Outdoors Head Liner, with slotted foam that you can clip to your vehicle's visor, you can store all of your essential flies for your next trip to cutbank city.

Winston Air Fly Rod

Precision and power are needed when you're hunting for those bankside browns. With the Winston AIR, you can turn over your biggest hopper and place it right in the sweet spot. Hang on, there's a train a coming and the AIR can handle it.

RIO Gold ELITE Fly Line

RIO took their classic fly line tapers and made them better with the ELITE series. The ELITE fly lines are made with SlickCast technology. That means longer casts, more efficient casting strokes and easier mending. Additionally, the SlickCast coatings are incredibly tough, durable and long-lasting. RIOs tests show that lines with a SlickCast coating last 140% longer in an abrasion test than everything else we tested.

The all-new series of ELITE fly lines from RIO are not only finished with SlickCast, but RIO has also improved on their innovative low-stretch ConnectCore technology with ConnectCorePlus. This means the all-new ELITE series featured the added benefit of having incredible levels of sensitivity when casting and fishing, and providing enhanced detection of takes, faster hook sets, and far greater control when playing a fish.

Fishpond Mid-Length Riverbed Camo Net

Big fish like hoppers and it's a whole lot easier to wrangle a big foam fly eating brown trout with a lightweight, durable and sizable landing net. Nomad Nets are constructed with carbon fiber/fiberglass composite material. The result is a very lightweight and durable net. Nomad Nets are built for the conditions that prevail where great fishing exists; they are waterproof, UV protected, and float like a cork. All Nomad Nets come standard with a rubber bag.

Ross Animas Fly Reel

We love the Animas. It's on our guide's rigs for a reason. The drag is time-tested, uber reliable, and powerful. The frame is durable and damn it if it's not a handsome reel.

Rep Your Water Trout Fly Patch Hat

Looking for another place to store your flies? The Trout is a fly patch. WOOOOOOAAAHHHH MAN! CRAZZZZY!

All joking aside, when you're re-rigging, it's always nice to have an extra hand. Consider this hat, your extra hand.

Trouts x Simms Solarflex Plus Crew Long Sleeve Shirt

Rep your favorite fly shop as you slappa the bank with a pink Hippie Stomper.

Staff Picked Flies

With thousands of hours of experience on the water around the Rocky Mountains, let us pick out flies for your next trip to your favorite fishery. Let us pick out our favorite foam bugs for you.

Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack - Riverbed Camo

Protect your flies, your phone, your camera, and whatever else you need to keep dry in style. The Fishpond Thunderhead Submersible Lumbar Pack is a fully waterproof pack that is built with your comfort and personal gear in mind, even when you find yourself in the worst conditions. If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes. We designed this bag for anglers who brave conditions in search of the moment when it all goes off. The clean layout gives you a simple way to organize your gear, which can range from high end cameras, boxes of hand tied flies, to your peanut butter and jelly, all of which need to stay dry. Not only does it deliver an airtight closure system with the TIZIP waterproof and submersible zipper, but it is also built for all-day comfort with padding in all the right places. Constructed out of our ultra tough 1680d TPU coated recycled Cyclepond nylon, our Thunderhead is as tough as the name suggests. From deep mountain canyons to the saltwater flats, the Thunderhead Lumbar is built for your next big adventure.

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