Easy grasshopper

Easy grasshopper

Easy grasshopper

This easy grasshopper has been one of my go-to topwater flies. It never sinks, pushes water well, and catches a ton of fish. What else could you want in a fly?

Hook: Mustad 79580 6-14 (used an 8 for this video)
Thread: 6/0 or “A” to match foam
Body: Tan, green, or brown 1/8″ foam
Eyes; 1/4″ black foam
Wing: Fishhair, or similar
Marker foam: Yellow 1/8″ foam
Legs: Bound rubber legs. The ones I use come in a roll.
Glue: BOoger glue, thin formula, or CA glue.

To give credit, this is where I got the idea, and started tinkering:  Easy foam hopper, on Youtube

Windknots newsletter- August 2016

Featured this month:

  • 2016 Invasive Fish Round-Up and Carp-A-Thon
  • What’s Happening – PINS, South Llano w/PACK, Clarke Thornton Memorial, Contraband Expo
  • Mark Your Calendar – September Meeting, Sabine River and LA Marshes October Outings
  • Texas Council of IFFF – Texas Fly Fishing Expo 2016
  • Know Your Fellow FlyFishers – Chris Sumers
  • Outing Reports –
  • Activities of Interest – Reeling It In for Rett, Benefitting Retts Syndrome Research
  • Fly of the Month – The Simple Shad by Don “Puck” Puckett

Get your Windknots August 2016 here

The 2nd Annual Clarke Thornton Memorial – San Marcos River Trip

This is a rescheduling of the outing that was canceled due to weather in May.

Hosted by Kevin Hutchinson of Hill Country Fly Fishers

When: September 24, 2016

Where: San Marcos River at Martindale TX.

Trip leader: Skip Donovan – email  Contact Skip by email for details.

About the outing: Fish the day away with Hill Country expert guide Kevin Hutchinson, for bass, bluegill and other native species, all the while enjoying a peaceful float down the tranquil waters of the San Marcos River.

NEED A LEADER! Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal



Texas FlyFishers of Houston and The Contraband Fly Casters Club
Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal
When:        October 1st, 2016  (The same weekend as Sharkathon)

Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Too dark to fish
Trip Leader: TBD, as neither Skip, or I can make it this year.
Phone:      TBD
E-mail:       TBD

Trip Description:  Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal.  We plan to fish the generation canal, but if the generators start up we will quickly shift our efforts to the lake.  Launch and take-out will be the either the new boat launch on the generation canal. Species targeted are , LMG, KLMB, yellow sunfish, white bass, gar (3 species), catfish (2 species) and, if extremely lucky, striped bass.

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Louisiana Marsh trip on Lake Calcasieu-October 14-16


Louisiana Marsh Trip on Lake Calcasieu for big fall reds.

Co-hosted by the Texas FlyFishers and the Contraband Fly Casters of Lake Charles, Louisiana
When: October 14-16, 2016
Trip Leader: Skip Donovan
Space is limited and on a first call, first come basis.
For details and registration contact Skip by email at skipdonovan1@sbcglobal.net
Skip will update this outing notice as he gets more details.  Stay tuned and be sure to express your interest in the comments and follow updates on this posting.


Summer Fly Fishing Expo – August 27, 2016

Rod building table

Mark your calendars and share with your neighbors, friends and family.

If you’ve wanted to learn about fly fishing in Texas, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fly fisher from other parts of the country, Texas FlyFishers’ Summer Fly Fishing Expo is a great way to spend part of your Saturday.

When: Saturday,August 27, 2016 – 9am-4pm

Where:  Terrace Unity Methodist Church – 1203 Wirt Road, Houston ( Google Map )


Lunch Available

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