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Old 10-12-2013, 07:21 AM
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Default what's the prettiest popper?

I like to collect them, and I am on a constant lookout. Does anyone know where I can buy some purdy ones? foam/hair/hard body, it doesn't matter.

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Old 10-12-2013, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: what's the prettiest popper?

We have a few Popper Artists in the group here but I just can't bring names to bear right at the moment. best advice is to bump this thread now and then in hope that they will spot it. Try Big Jim, he knows a lot of tiers I think or at least sources.

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"Purty" is for the fisherman, not the fish. The fish could care less.

This is a short shank version of my popper in the second picture.
Designed to catch fish. Not to be pretty

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Default Re: what's the prettiest popper?

Depends...I have 2 answers.

1. A deer hair popper

2. One that is in a fishes mouth

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oh Riptide, your fishing with your poppers?
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Default Re: what's the prettiest popper?

Well, I can agree with Rip about them not having to look good for catching fish. But, if you intend to "display" them, you'll want them to be as nice as you can get!

Pat Cohen ties some of the best & artistic deer hair bugs you'll ever find, so I would check out his flies. Pat has a website & sells some of his flies.

Ronald P. Braud, in Prairieville, Louisiana does some of the nicest looking poppers I've seen. He's on some of the fly tying forums with the user name "Stippled Popper." I'm not sure if Ron sells any of his flies or not. Ron had written an article about some of his work. Check it out. http://www.flytier.com/stippled.pdf

I like to think that I make some nice poppers as well, but I haven't made any to sell in about 10 years. Just don't have the time these days. I'll have to check my fly boxes & see if I have any that are "purty" enough to display

You could also check "breambugs.com" which is a retail site that sells primarily warmwater flies & particularly poppers. They have a good selection, but most are mass produced, commercial bugs.

My mind doesn't always work right, but if I think of any other people who make some nice bugs I'll add them here!
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oh Riptide, your fishing with your poppers?
Yup, cheap and easy too. ( just like me )
In fact I call that one my "ten cent" popper 'cuz that's what it costs to build one.
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See, I knew Jim would have some ideas for you. And of course that paul wouldn't miss this either. You could paint those right??
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You could paint those right??
You can, but the ones that I make for myself I don't bother because it's not necessary.

If anything, I'll give them a coat or 2 of epoxy like I did for this one which was made from a test tube cork.
The 2 in the pictures above are made from closed -cell lobster buoy foam

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Default Re: what's the prettiest popper?

The prettiest popper is the one with tooth marks. If you're looking for art, try Ted on this board. Here are a few of his (page 247 of the "what have you been tying today" thread on the tying board). They are amazing.

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