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Poppers

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A popper is nothing more than a lure that as the title suggests, "pops along the surface", the popper is usually made from hardened foam. There are two kinds of hard foam popper heads, cupped face and pencil poppers. Cupped face poppers are short fat objects with a large cupped face that is used to attract fish in deep, rough or colored water, they do this by making a very noisy and splashy commotion on the waters surface. Pencil poppers are long and thin with a flat face they are fished in a start, stop manner to represent a struggling baitfish. Typically the pencil popper is used on calmer waters where a high degree of disturbance may spook the fish.

Foam isn't the only material used for poppers, balsa wood and cork are also widely used. Cork can be found in the right shape but most often the angler will have to shape the item himself, this can be awkward and frustrating as cork is a bugger to work with. Balsa is a much better material, it is easier to shape and is less absorbent than cork allowing easier painting. A small hacksaw and some sandpaper is all that is needed.

Popper heads are best attached to the hook using an epoxy resin, a soaking of superglue also works but is not as resilient as epoxy and can crack. After the hook shank has been wrapped with thread, both the slot in the body and the hook should be coated in epoxy, applied to the hook and held until the epoxy begins to set. Additional coatings can be applied to the whole body for durability.

When finished the fly can be used for a variety of predatory species such as Bass, Pike, Zander, Trout, Seatrout and many more in both fresh and saltwater environments.

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