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Fishscale Finish Popper

tied by chemprof2001
Target Species: Freshwater Bass,
Recommended Region: Southeast US,
Imitation: General Baitfish,
Material List:
Hook: Popper or long shank hook, 6 - 4/0
Thread: To match body color
Body: Balsa wood covered with textured aluminum foil, top painted, with top coat of 5 minute epoxy
Eyes: Painted
Tail: 6-10 strands of Krystal Flash and 4 saddle hackles, tied splayed (hackle collar optional)

Tying Instructions: Cut a balsa wood plug of the desired diameter and length using a tube sharpened with a file so that the long dimension is with the grain of the wood. Cup out a circular face using a rotary tool. Split the plug in half using a knife. File a space in the split halves for the hook shank using a needle file. Glue the two halves around the hook shank using 5 minute epoxy. Shape the popper body using knives or files to the desired shape. Sand. Paint the cupped-out face desired color. Coat all of the body, except the cupped face with water-based contact cement. Coat the dull side of a piece of aluminum foil or other foil or foil gift wrap 1 1/2 time the length of the popper and 1 1/2 to 2 times the diameter of the popper with water-based contact cement. When the contact cement is dry carefully wrap the aluminum foil around the popper body so the center of the aluminum foil is at the bottom of the popper. Join the foil along the back of the popper. Trim off the excess foil. Texture the foil using a tool with cross hatching (knurling) on the handle by pressing the knurling into the foil and rotating the tool on the surface. Paint the back with a high quality spray paint such as Krylon. Paint on eyes or add adhesive eyes. When paint is dry, coat the popper with 5-minute or 30-minute epoxy and rotate while curing. After epoxy has completely cured, apply desired tail material.

A slight variation on this is to use clear mylar gift wrap. In this case, paint the popper the desired color scheme. When the paint is dry, coat the mylar and popper body with water-based contact cement and apply as above. Texture, add eyes and add epoxy topcoat as above.

Foils foil gift wraps are available in many colors. Other sources for foil are from packaging. For example, gold foil is available from certain Hershey chocolate bars, and various colored foils are also available from such sources as fruit and grain bars.
Presentation Tips: Classic popper presentations work well. One type of retrieve is to cast the popper out and let it site until at least all the rings from landing have dissipated (sometimes waiting minutes is advised). Then pop the popper with a sharp tug on the fly line and let sit again. Repeat. another type of retrieve that often works is a slow retrieve which makes a wake, with occasional pops.

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