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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Default Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Thanks to all the participants-- this turned out to be a great swap with some great looking patterns from Kelkay's old school hand carved Balsa Wood beauties and Riptide's test tube poppers to new-fangled stuff including JoJers's stacked foam poppers, and Dan's Tube Fly Ear Plug Popper. Smalliesrule even incorporated Stealth technology in his pattern.

    Lots of great deer hair work too in this one. Now the long wait for open water....

    Sorry for the long delay in getting these in and back out to you.

    Here they are:

    Tied by: JoJer
    Quick-tie Foam Popper

    Hook -Mustad S82-3906B #6 *
    Thread -Green 3/0 Monocord
    Body -Stacked/glued craft foam
    Legs –Medium rubber various colors
    Weed guard –50# Mono
    Glue –Brush-on Crazy glue
    *Jojer widened the hook gape to allow more clearance with this size body.

    Tied by: Swirlchaser
    Deer Hair Popper

    Hook size 4 2x Aberdeen

    Tied by: Smalliesrule
    Kent’s Stealth Bomber

    Hook: 2/0 Allen Octopus Hook
    Thread: Yellow
    Tail: Chartreuse and White Bucktail and Pearl Krystal Flash
    Shellback: Yellow 2 mm Foam
    Body: Rust Antron dubbing
    Legs: Yellow rubber
    Note: fish on heavy leader with loop knot, Dead drift with twitches or hard chugs. Hang on….

    Tied by: Famill00
    Soft Foam Popper

    Body: Soft Foam Popper body
    Tail: Splayed white and red saddle hackle
    Rear collar: white and red saddle hackle

    Tied by: Kelkay
    Hand Carved Balsa Wood Popper

    Metallic White Paint covered with coat of Bug Bond

    Tied by: Diver Dan
    Ear Plug Tube Fly Popper

    Tied by: Pocono

    Hook: TMC 8089 size 6
    Thread: Danville FlyMaster 6/0, Peacock
    Body: Wapsi Perfect Popper #1/2
    Paint: Cream underside, Green topside
    Eyes: 3-D molded gold 3.5 Spirit River
    Tail/Thorax: Whiting green dyed grizzly saddle
    Legs: Montana Fly centipede legs speckled olive, small

    Tied by: Gatortransplant
    Deer Hair Popper

    Tied by: RipTide
    Cork Popper

    Hook: Size 2 Kink shank
    Body: #5 Test tube Stopper
    Double Mono Weed Guard
    Tail: Yellow splayed
    Rear Collar: Black Hackle

    Tied by: Mcnerney
    Yellow and Brown Deer Hair Popper

    Hook: Daiichi 2722 size 3/0
    Thread: Black 3/0 uni to tie tail, Kevlar 200 natural to spin deerhair body
    Tail: Yellow Schlappen and marabou
    Skirt: Deerhair dyed olive
    Body: Yellow and Brown dyed deer hair

    Tied by: Peregrines
    Hard Foam Popper

    Hook: Mustad #33903 (a kinked shank popper hook) size 6
    Popper: Wapsi Perfect Popper Body size 6
    Body: Acrylic Paint (yellow belly, orange sides, green back, black spots) coated with 3 layers of Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails
    Tail: Orange dyed grizzly cape feathers splayed,
    Rear collar: Green dyed strung saddle hackle

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Philadelphia Pa

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    great looking flies all. I'd have had crack at that swap too only i'd have been totally out of my comfort zone. Maybe the next time.

    Congrats on a great set!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
    Blog Entries

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Great looking poppers, I can't wait until spring rolls around! Thanks again Mark for hosting the swap!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Merrimac, MA

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Great looking poppers, everyone!

    Mark, thanks for hosting this one!

    Now, where are those Smallies hiding................


  5. #5

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Aj really tied a spectacular bug

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Parlin, NJ / Staten Island, NY

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    I will catch a Bass on EVERY popper in this swap. Pics to follow. Thanks Mark for keeping these swaps going, your place must look like an Orvis warehouse!
    The best way to a fisherman's heart is through his fly.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Buffalo/SRQ FL/Götebörg, Sweden
    Blog Entries

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    I'm loving all the foam poppers, I'm a big fan of the stacked foam and the ear plug poppers in particular, but that stealth bomber popper looks like a killer for sure. Heck, that might be seeing some use with redfish too!

    Thanks for the compliment Robert, definitely a stretch though if you saw them in person, haha!
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Those are all great! I can't wait to get them. Hey, where's the 'Happy Feet' smiley?

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Lancaster Ca,

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    Those are some great poppers great job guys

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Boise, Idaho

    Default Re: Popper Swap, Fall 2011

    For everyone in this swap: I never got around to mentioning that I left the rear legs on the quick tie foam popper pretty much as they came out of the package, so you could customize as you like.
    I generally separate a single strand of rubber, tie it in a single overhand around the other two strands a 1/8 inch or so from the end, then separate the other two strands. It gives it a neat frogfoot look. You can also add a "knee joint" by tying all three strands in a single overhand. They usually stay tied once knotted, or you can add a dab of glue. Shortening the legs with knots will help avoid the legs fouling on the hook.
    If you prefer a look like a skirted bass fly, you can just separate all three strands.

    "Every [child] has the right to a first fish. On this particular planet, no man is granted a greater privilege than to be present and to assist in the realization of this moment". Bill Heavey

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