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#1 Posted : Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:20:29 AM(UTC)
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While fishing today I had good results with terrestrial patterns. But I ran into an old problem with the Hippie Stomper. The wing material (McFlylon: polypropylene yarn) gets waterlogged and causes the fly to either sink, or flop over on it's back. Dosing it with floatant helps, but needs to be reapplied again after a few casts.


What I need is a substitute for the wing material that is similar in appearance, but doesn't absorb water. Any suggestions?

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#2 Posted : Sunday, June 3, 2018 5:56:33 PM(UTC)
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Is the wing more for the fish or the fisherman? i.e., is the wing just to make the fly visible to the angler? If so, maybe it could be omitted. If it had to have a wing, maybe CDc would be a good substitute. That stuff will float through anything.
#3 Posted : Monday, June 4, 2018 2:50:12 PM(UTC)
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Yeah, they do tend to roll over sometimes.

Paste-style floatant like Payette Paste does seem to last longer than gel or spray.

McFlylon works about as well as anything, but I've used EP Trigger Point fibers on wings too (emergers, para posts) and it seems to shed water very well.

EP Trigger Point International Fibers
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William Schlafer on 6/4/2018(UTC)
#4 Posted : Monday, June 4, 2018 11:15:16 PM(UTC)
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Go to a fly shop in Viroqua and get some skinny hippy"s
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#5 Posted : Sunday, June 10, 2018 1:51:03 AM(UTC)
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My hoppers are just the foam material and the rubber legs with some super glue and work just fine.

I would ditch the wings materials. Well, I guess I already did. :)

After a few years I don't quite understand elaborate flies.
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