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First Balsa Popper and other 2016 Stippled Poppers

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#16 JayWirth


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Posted 28 November 2016 - 12:22 PM

Awesome paint job - is the squid backwards?

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#17 Stippled Popper

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 12:47 PM

Awesome paint job - is the squid backwards?

  Yes!  good catch.  This is my display prototype.  If I was tying one to fish, I'd want the tentacles not to flare back toward the hook point every time I stripped the line.

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Posted 04 May 2017 - 07:38 AM

Those are awesome!  I'm a big popper fan.  I consider them one of my best flies, but I am nowhere near your level.  I have never really gotten the painting to a level I love.  I did airbrush for a while, but at my new house, I really don't have a place to do it with no more garage.  I typically sharpie them and use 5-minute epoxy to coat.  I also do some with acrylic paints and sally hansen's clear coat.  I just really don't like dealing with the epoxy if I can avoid it.  Mostly I've found I can make them look nicer if I take more time, but the fish really don't care...


Also, I really like those two funky-bodied balsa poppers.  I typically stick with Wapsi bodies or the double barrels these days.