My wildcard choice for the June fly of the month is the Popper Hopper, which could be considered as a ‘jack of all trades’ fly! Depending on your colour choice this universal pattern will resemble a whole host of different insects be it damsels, hawthorns, drowned buzzers or alder flies.
This pattern features a buoyant foam head, which allows for superb floatation on the water but also allows for easy identification or tracking of your fly when on the surface of the water in anything more than a light ripple.
Best fished: I often find the best way to fish this fly is across the wind, with my back positioned against the wind. As the floating fly line arc’s with the wind it introduces a very natural motion to the fly as it is fished on the surface. Be mindful of small sipping takes – these are more often than not the bigger resident fish.