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  1. I use a dremel with all my popper bodies foam, basswood, balsa etc. the adjustable speed dremel allows you to slow down 5000rpms for more detail with emory paper for smoothing or applying superglue to wood body for hardness and adds perfect straight rings when useing a sharpie..

    i havent perfected my process of mounting the body to the dremel, some use a trim nail for framing, a ground down mandel etc.. i use a straightened out piece of kitchen fork and it works great.. have fun, the good thing is theres no rules to the game..

  2. if i was more computer savy i would do a step by step. recently the worm showed up on thejerseyangler blogspot.com and he has some directions. its made with patons bohemian chenille. it is not furled but what i call back wrapping .


    hope youcan follow this this is for what i call the ultimate worm.

    1/0 ewg worm hook. lead on the shank is optional. cut two chenilles ,5 inch and 10 inch . melt theend of the smaller one over aflame . . place hook in the vise point up tie the unmeltedend behing the eye on the inside of vise. tie the long one on the far side. pull both section back so the point is between them. clamp with hackle pliers or bulldog clip. [ leave some slack in the front section so it wont be a hookguard] hold tail straight back and wrap the longer section backward 6-7 times , stop and regrip and wrap forward the same amount of wraps . then continue around the two front chenilles. the worm is now weedless and once wet it is active.


    i use them in several versions . also clouser style ona 60 degree bend hook, and latest on a kahle hook and dumbell eyes set back , then i waterproof the tail and it stands up like the shakey head worms go for it. rich mc


    Wow, I have used plastics in the past from time to time, and this right up my alley..

  3. Orange for carp.. Good idea.

    I tie these in pearl with silver bead head and a small white craft fur tail for the tail on a number 10 streamer hook.

    And I also found out last night that if you incorporate pink marabou at the tail and some ticking out over the eye of the hook, the crappies loved it along with the largemouth..

    Good post.. Id post pictures but I have yet to figure it out with this phone.. Thanks guys.

  4. very nice, this in my opinion is a great start to something much bigger.. I also feel the same way about posting pictures.. I enjoy the idea of something other than hackle behind the head.. i'd shorten the tail hair up a bit, in my opinion but very nice work, your poppers are already sending me to my bench for new ideas.. thanks

  5. Well so far I'm comparing my hand sanding to the ones I've "turned" on my dremel; from a ground down dremel bit to a thin needle point.. So far so good but dremel "turned" popper bodies have the puncture hole to fill and still need some hand sanding (fine tuning) afterwards, so who knows which way is faster.. I do agree with phish, I could never bring myself to buy popper bodies.. Thanks for all your opinions, advice, and comments..

  6. Okay, I've enjoyed hand sanding poppers from balsa for quite a while.. well I would like to do some from basswood or even foam.. My question to all of you is; how can I use a dremel and cut some time in half and make more heads? What do I need to mount the stock balsa to the tool to sand it down with out problems..



  7. In my own opinion, practice makes perfect seems to be the "norm" for me.. I dont mess with drills dremels or other tools.. i just use the right sand paper/ emery paper for the appropriate stage i'm working on.. and mine end up coming out much like the ones you see in stores. yeah theres a very small difference in each but not really notciable once the hair/feathers are put on and it has a nice coat of paint and sealed shut.. I have learned that it all boils down to how well you seal it shut water tight, and how you form the head to gain the right pop/gurgle.. just my fyi

  8. i also build my own poppers by hand sanding balsa bodies.. What i do, which is easy and duriable and never had any trouble with is..


    build the body.. mount the hook with epoxy and of course thread on hook also, once dry i apply a base color and then two other coats of the same afterwards.. LIGHTLY sand the base color to get the roughness off then i apply an all epoxy coat over it to seal it.. I use an 8hr epoxy to get the most out of the curing and they wont turn foggy/white.. When dry i use Sharpie markers, paint, whatever you use to "decorate" with right on top of the dried epoxy.. Then once done (and dried) i mix epoxy with a couple of drops of isopropyl alcohol mix it well and paint that on to seal it.. tied hair after sealed then dunk it in your favorite fishing hole and have fun.. eat fish, get fat...


    I love making poppers, i can really only stress the type of epoxy you use.. and careful for using markers with the alcohol cause the alcohol with make it run and turn to shit quick...



    Thanks for the post.

  9. i see alot of stores selling balsa poppers, but foam is getting alot of attention nowadays.. i was at a local flyfishing expo here in MN, and it seemed that the tiers that were using foam, sort of scoffed at sanded balsa or basswood etc headed poppers.. Is hand sanding poppers part of the "old way" ?? My father and brother are all about foam also.. Me personally, like the work it takes to create a balsa panfish popper..


    But what is your opinion on the matter? Is wooden poppers becoming a thing of the past (not that it matters at all)? What do you prefer?

  10. Very nice work PWB!!!! How did you

    shape it?


    Henry F.

    Henry, I just shape the bodies by hand with sandpaper then to cup out the face I spin a small sanding stone made for a dremel between my thumb and finger. Use drill bits to paint the eyes. The base color and the gloss coats were actually put on with a toothpick. Not a fancy method but it works .


    Drill bits for the eyes huh, i have read alot about using them.. but dont see how it would work very well...

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