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Poppers with gill slits

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#1 Philly


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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:09 AM

 A couple weeks ago my salt water club had a tying class on poppers with gill slits.  Not a new idea but he expanded on it a little bit.  He supplied some pre-made bodies for the class and we worked on those.  He gave us some pre-formed bodies to take home with us and I brought some "templates" from him.  Reason being the poppers we were doing were for salt water and I wanted to downsize them to bass and pan fish size.  This is what I came up with.   Something to throw with my 6 wgt.


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View from the back showing the "gills"


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This one is pan fish size.  


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#2 mikechell



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Posted 24 April 2019 - 11:17 AM

I like putting gill representations on my streamers, poppers, etc.  I haven't tied very many crease flies, but I did gill slits on the ones I fished.  I put them a lot closer to the eye, though.  Yours appear more "mid-body" than actual gill location.


Actually, I think it's just the bit of red that's the draw.  The fish don't care if it's gills or blood ... it's a signal to take advantage of.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 12:27 PM

Agree.  Whether it's a red band on my "Red Neck Crappie Jigs", a red or orange throat on a streamer, red is a good accent.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 01:57 PM

I was looking at that, Mike.   I first met him at a "Heroes on the Water"  fly fishing and fly tying workshop my salt water club did back in March.   He gave out samples of some of his flies.  I picked a popper and a diver.   I think what it is that  when I was downsizing the pattern  I didn't reduce the head portion enough in relation to the rest of the body, that's why the slits are so far back.   I haven't fished them yet.  I'm curious to see what the action will be with the water flowing through the "gills".  

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