Re: poppers won't pop?
Are you striping the line with your rod tip high (about eye level) or low (pointed toward your fly)? I had a similar problem, and it seemed to work a lot better if I held my rod tip up at about a 45 degree angle and make very short (3 or so inches) jerks with my stripping hand. A short snap of the wrist is all it took and this helped keep the slack out of the line better than trying to make it pop with the rod tip (bait-casting style).
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