This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is Schroeders Parachute Hopper.

Schroeders Parachute Hopper |

Developed in the 1970s by Ed Schroeder of Fresno, California, it was one of the first fly patterns to add the parachute post to increase visibility for the fly fisher. The body stays flush on the surface while the parachute hackle helps with flotation.

Most hopper patterns are tied with foam these days, but I enjoy fishing some of the old classics.

This is a fly I tied many years ago when I found the fly pattern in one of the fly tying books I own.

I decided to add this hopper pattern because it’s going to be over 70 degrees today!

Hopper season will be here soon! 

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  1. Howdy John,
    Nice to have a name now to a fly I use. Richard Rohrbaugh introduced me to this parachute hopper by sharing them with me for fishing the Madison River in 2009. It became my favorite hopper.

    1. Eric

      From Al’s comment above, it looks like many folks know it as a Parachute Hopper…and now there are a couple more testimonials for how good it is!


  2. Hi John,
    This is a great fly Gretchen & I have used for many years. I did not realize it was named the “Schroeder’s Hopper.” Thanks for the information on the name; I’ve always just called in the Parachute Hopper. Take care & …

    Tight Lines – Al Beatty

    1. Al

      As you know, it’s hard to develop a new fly pattern. Someone else may have tied it as well. I’ve always known it as Schroeder’s. In any event, it works!


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