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Hopper Dropper set up Options
#1 Posted : Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:38:15 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 2/10/2016
Posts: 79
Location: Oconomowoc, WI
Last year I made a rookie mistake during hopper dropper season, the length of leader between hopper and dropper was too short so my pink squirrel was probably a foot below the water as it moved through the current. Is anyone willing to share leader lengths and/or set ups they have found useful?

#2 Posted : Friday, June 02, 2017 1:34:32 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 6/27/2014
Posts: 35
Location: Wauwatosa, WI
Just treat the hopper as your "indicator," then tie on some tippet at whatever length you normally have below your indicator when nymphing. That's the way I do it anyway.
#3 Posted : Monday, June 05, 2017 8:17:18 PM
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Joined: 9/20/2015
Posts: 362
Location: La Crosse, WI
I typically go 18-24 inches below a hopper. I find that if I go longer than that, I get too many tangles.

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#4 Posted : Tuesday, June 06, 2017 5:49:02 PM
Rank: Dragon Fly

Joined: 9/18/2014
Posts: 1,232
Location: Prairie Du Sac, WI
I typically go anywhere from 9-24" on my dropper, depending on the water I am fishing. You'd be surprised on how many fish I get on a short dropper so don't be too quick to discount it. My theory is that the bigger hopper attracts them but then then opt for the smaller nymph after refusing the big bug. No science whatsoever, just my theory.
#5 Posted : Wednesday, June 07, 2017 9:38:29 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 2/10/2016
Posts: 79
Location: Oconomowoc, WI
Thanks for all of the info and opinions guys! It's going to be very helpful this summer!
#6 Posted : Saturday, June 24, 2017 7:42:55 PM
Rank: Midge

Joined: 3/30/2017
Posts: 4
Location: Avalanche
I am by no means a hardcore hopper dropper angler but, when I fish mine I use the heaviest split shot I can get away with about 8 inches above the nymph. That being said, you do not want that split shot to be drowning or dragging your hopper down. I have also realized that the weight prevents tangles in windy conditions. Cast with a wider open casting stroke. Not as open of a stroke as you would utilize in indicator nymphing though.
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