Monday, December 24, 2012

Hank Patterson's Holiday Extravaganza!

Because Hank loves us so much, he did this for us!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!!  
I hope you wake to find your stocking filled with leaders, tippet, Thingamabobbers, TMC hooks, Dr. Slick scissors and much more.  

Thank you all for taking the time to read and look at this blog.  I appreciate it. 

I hope this upcoming year is better than the last.  

Feliz Navidad!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Hoppy Holidays!

Happy Hopper Days from the Holiday Hopper, I mean the Hollywood Hopper!  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Juan's Hollywood Hopper

A new hopper pattern for you for you to start tying to be ready in August.  This pattern is a lower riding, more realistic pattern than the Hopper Juan.  While it may look complicated, after trying it a few times, it all comes together.  The hardest part is getting all the materials together.  A recent change has me using a Chernobyl taper cutter to get a more precise body cut, otherwise everything else is the same.
Pull out the foam and Super 77, order some eyes and legs and get started.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hopper Juan's Gift Guide

Hey fellas.  Christmas is just  a couple of weeks away and Hopper Juan is here to help you out.  Take a look at some gift ideas below and see if any of them are desired and if so, just e-mail this page link to your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, brother, mother, sister-in-law, rich uncle or Santa Clause and let them know what item you like.  All the items here are less than $100.00.   If you want to see specific items listed here, just shoot me an e-mail (click here) and I will get them listed.  
Simms Windstopper Foldover Mitts.
If you fish in the Winter, why not have the best?

Simms Boot Sock/Liner Combo
This will make anyone have happy feet.

Montana Fly Company Aluminum Fly Box
Maddox "Snack"

MFC Water Bottle
Sylvester's Rainbow Reflection

Montana Fly Company Aluminum Fly Box
Sundell's Rainbow Skin

MFC iPhone 4 cover
Udesen's Salmonfly

Montana Fly Company Aluminum Fly Box
Udesen's "Hopper" Box
Nite Ize S-Biners
These are awesome to have on your vest, pack or lanyard!  You can hang lots of crap on them.
Various sizes and colors for less than $5.00

Orvis, Clearwater Large Arbor Reel

Morning Star Lanyards
A great alternative to vests and packs.

Simms Headwaters Pro Waist Pack

Trout Skin Nippers from Orvis
A great "must have item" for the vest, pack or lanyard.

Li'l Guppie Multi Tool from Orvis
Why not carry around one of these?

C & F Fly Boxes
These are the best boxes to your your flies.  Sizes and prices vary.

C & F 3 in 1 Clipper/Threader
This is one of the finest Nippers I have ever used.  It's great!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sage ONE v. Orvis Helios 2

As most of you may have figured out already, I am a fan of fly rods.  I love to compare and see what others think about different rods.  In all this study and self data collection, I have come to one conclusion:  If you ask 10 guys what they think of a certain rod, you will get 13 answers!

Here is a great comparison of two great rods, the new Orvis Helios 2 and the established Sage One.   I think both are great rods, but I would like to see where the Hardy Zenith would rank in this particular comparison.  I wouldn't be surprised to see it thought of as a better all around rod than either one of them.  I have only spent only 2 minutes with the ONE on the water and zero time with the H2.  I hope to get both the Hardy Zenith and the H2 out together soon to see what I think.  I'll let you know.
Check out the link HERE!

Thanks to Headhunters for taking the time to do this.
EDIT:  The link is gone as Headhunters lost all their data this summer.