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purple flake popper
Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:22 PM
Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:54 PM
"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".--Thomas Jefferson
There is no such thing as a blank day for a fisherman. It will be saved for him by the white-throated weasel, who watches his fishing from a hole in the wall under which is lying a fish that refused all flies; or by the excitment of identifying insects; or by the apple-bloosom in a nearby orchard; and no one would call that day a blank on which he has seen a king-fisher." -- Arthur Ransome Rod and Line, 1929
Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:41 PM
hook point is nearly level with the bottom of the popper head. If so, this is a design flaw. You want the hook to be sealed low
in the body to maximize the hook gap. Kink shank hooks are preferred for poppers by many because the kink helps to prevent
the hook from twisting out of position.
The paint job is excellent. To finish out the tail on the popper, something in purple or black or a combination would be good.
marabou and/or hackle with some kind of flash could be used. Rubber legs could also be added. They could be poked through
the cork body of lashed to stick out to the side right behind the head and to the rear depending on whether you add hackle.
Hackle is often palmered around the hook right behind the head. Deer Hair or Bucktail can also be added to a popper tail alone
or in combination with other materials.
One of the fun things about poppers is the freedom to let your imagination go wild. There aren't the formal rules or forms for poppers
that exist for some other types of flies.
Just don't crowd so many materials to the back of the popper that it impedes the ability of the popper to hook a fish.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:42 PM
great looking popper love the cork for a tail you might try some purple marabou with some black krystal flash and collar it with purple grizzly schlappen
x2! that would look awesome.
Posted 19 June 2012 - 07:41 PM
I recommend cutting a hook slot in the bottom of the cork using a hacksaw blade in future efforts. I also recommend slightly flattening one side, to be the bottom, to facilitate it's floating upright.
I also second his tailing recommendations.
There is a down-side to placing rubber legs THROUGH the body: The will deteriorate with time, or get torn off with use, and they can be a real pain to replace. As a consequence, I now attach rubber legs on 99% of mine directly to the hook just behind the body, and wrap the collar hackle over them.
NICE LOOKING BUG!!! Keep up the good work!