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Gear Guide // Twelve For Fall Hoppers

Brandon Rodriguez / Sep 8, 2021

While summer is slowly waning away to the months of fall it is important to remember to keep your small to medium-sized hoppers with you. In my opinion - and I am sure I am not alone when I say this - fall is one of the most underrated months to throw hoppers. Remember that those high elevation brookies still are eager to pack on some pounds and something akin to a Sweetgrass hopper will surely fit the ticket. And it's not just about the brookies here, it's about the browns and rainbows still held up by the cutbacks on the Dream, or among one of the many pocket waters at Deckers. While it is easy to sit here and type on about how simple tossing hoppers can be having the right gear with you is crucial to the whole situation. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to dive into twelve specific items to have with you the next time you go chasing various finned Salmos during the autumn months.


The Sweetgrass Hopper
Rod Set Up

Scott Centric Fly Rod

This rod is an absolute powerhouse and in terms of cars, should be everyone's daily driver. From heavy dry dropper rigs to articulated streamers this rod truly can do it all. More importantly, however, it does everything very well. Made here in Colorado, the Scott Centric should be your go-to rod all year-round and especially during the fall months.

Orvis Mirage LT Fly Reel

Earlier this week we mentioned the high quality that the mirage brings to the table when it comes to fly reels. For Colorado anglers, having a smooth drag is important, especially when many of us throw lighter tippets. And, when those summer months come to a close that is the name of the game. The Mirage LT is a fantastic reel to have with you and the quality and craftsmanship of the reel are more than enough to last a lifetime.

Scientific Anglers Mastery MPX Fly Line

If you are looking to round out your fly rod set up look no further than the MPX fly line. This fly line is a fantastic all-purpose line and the price won't break the bank.

Putting the Mirage through its paces
Terminal Tackle

Fishpond Tacky Double Haul Fly Box

If you have been searching for the "Do It All" fly box this fall, The Tacky Double Haul Fly Box is it. This box has the capacity to cover every situation you might come across during a long day on the river. With a massive 287 fly capacity, you’ll have plenty of room for a wide range of flies.

Loon Aquel

The Loon Aquel is one of the most consistent and clean gel floatants on the market. Aquel is long lasting, silicon based and won't melt when it's hot or harden when it's cold - perfect for Colorado. Furthermore, it masks human odor and won't leave any slick on even the calmest water.

Loon Top Ride

Known as "Shake and Bake" by world-class guides, this desiccant (drying agent) and powder floatant is fast and easy to use. A fly (still attached to the leader) goes in wet, and a few shakes later comes out dry and coated with a powder floatant. It is best practice to use this in tandem with Loon Aquel in order for your fly to float high all day long.

Accessories and Outerwear

Simms Flyweight Access Fishing Jacket

With an open Power Grid™ Fleece back, the Flyweight Access Jacket provides warmth to fight the morning and afternoon chill the fall months bring. Lightweight and breathable this jacket is perfect for those early morning missions to the backcountry and when searching for evening risers. Featuring a zippered chest pocket to keep essentials secure and close to hand, Polartec PowerGrid for lightweight warmth and freedom of movement, and the ability to self-store in the chest pocket for on-the-go protection from unexpected elements.

Home Team Logo Corduroy Snapback Hat

There aren't many things that go together better than Fly Fishing and Football! As always we are proud supports of our hometown teams! Our Home Team Logo Corduroy Hat is an instant classic. Show your support of the broncos this fall on the water and off with the sleek Corduroy Home Team Logo.

Fishpond Switchback Pro Wading System

When the feedback on the Switchback Wading Belt System began to roll in, we knew the concept was here to stay. With the same super customizable modularity, you’re familiar with, the Switchback Pro builds on that foundation with added capacity and functionality. A molded net holster, adjustable shoulder strap with tool and fly pad attachments, and independently sliding pack form a perfect solution for a wide range of angling applications.

Umpqua ZS2 Wader Tote

When the risers are calling your name, it is important to be ready. The Umpqua ZS2 will have you covered when you need all your gear at a moment's notice. This bag boasts a full-sized 22" x 16" fold-out quilted/padded stand-station while gearing up. When stowed, the pad creates the perfect location to stow rod tubes and net full-sized mesh water-bottle pocket

Rising Stubby Lunker Net

Love the Rising Lunker but it is just a bit too long for your liking? Enter the Rising Stubby Lunker net. The all-time Rising Lunker net shortened up with a 10" handle. Keep netting those massive fish without taking up too much space on the pack or back.

Staff Picked Flies

Our staff at Trouts has spent thousands of hours on our Colorado waters - from moving water to stillwater on both coldwater and warmwater, alike. It's safe to say we know what's working and what's not at any time of the year. Let us dial in your bug selection for you with our staff-picked flies.

All the gear your need for fall hoppers

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