Since I can't think of any good fishing stories or have any new patterns ready to unveil, I thought I would toss a few things out there for you that might be helpful.
The first tip I want to share with you is the sizes of the foam bodies I use for The Hopper Juan. While many people don't have the foam cutters I use, I recommend them for the ease of making these bodies. If you can't obtain them or would just rather use scissors, here are the sizes that you should aim for.
For size 6 Hopper Juan's, I use the large cutter, which is roughly 7mm in width. For my favorite size, size 8, I use the medium size which is about 6mm. The small is about 5mm, and I use those for size 10 Hoppers. If you want to cut these bodies straight, I recommend using a piece of glass or a self healing mat and a very sharp razor and a metal straight edge such as the one in the picture above. Measure the widths and run the blade down the straight edge and try not to cut yourself. It doesn't take much using a sharp bade. Using these tools, you can make several strips of foam for hopper use.
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