"It seems I'm only confirming what others have voiced, but this fly worked great for me at the tail end of a very hot day with little other activity on the water. I fished this fly at the head of a few pools and in each occasion brought up a large rainbow from the bottom of that pool. It's just a great fly that works."
"I regularly fish several hopper patterns. Dave's Hopper is my favorite because of the deer hair head floats well and last longer than the newer foam hopper patterns. This fly should be in every western angers fly box from July through September."
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Review 11 for Hopper
March 17, 2002
By: R. Ottulich
"In Montana during the haying season along the rivers this fly is dynamite on breezy days. In a good year the ranchers can get two or three cuts of hay and Dave’s Hopper plopped along the banks can trigger some tremendous hits. It also is the fly of choice for the “hopper and a dropper” combo, for double the fun. We usually paired them up with a hare’s ear nymph 18-24 inches below the hopper. It should be a part of any anglers fly box."