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jaysonalexander4
04-23-2014, 03:37 PM
I've liked smallmouth fishing for a while, but I never have gotten serious with it.. I now spend a lot of time in Middle Tennessee and want to really get going with the smallies. I've started making cork poppers out of wine corks, but I can't figure out what is best to use for the hackle/tail.. I need suggestions! I've seen lots of will colored hackles I like a lot, but can't figure out where to to find that stuff.

Stonefly
04-23-2014, 04:19 PM
I have that same problem. I have a few poppers on which I've completed the painting, but haven't finished the tail sections. Here's about the best I've been able to do so far.
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w289/sbstrings/Flies/IMGP0320.jpg

If you're in Nashville area, try Fly South or Cumberland Transit for booger hackle or other materials. Or call Daniel at LRO.

Grumpy
04-24-2014, 10:32 PM
Good looking popper there Stonefly. Agree with the Bugger packs or Tyer grade feathers that don't have a high barb count.

Grumpy

Troutman
04-25-2014, 01:19 PM
I use whiting rooster capes in bright colors. I have several colors of the dyed grizzly. A cape will last for years and tie many poppers and sliders. I also use schlappen hackle on big poppers for a more webby hackle. Marabou is my favorite for tails but I also like to use antron
Dyed grizzly in chart green
http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/CC88ADFC-EFC3-4DDF-BD37-B05397972568_zps7iboqxvg.jpg (http://s94.photobucket.com/user/gltroutman/media/CC88ADFC-EFC3-4DDF-BD37-B05397972568_zps7iboqxvg.jpg.html)

Shlappen hackle

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l114/gltroutman/061412134629.jpg (http://s94.photobucket.com/user/gltroutman/media/061412134629.jpg.html)

77punk
04-25-2014, 02:13 PM
Those are some good looking bugs!

MadisonBoats
04-26-2014, 07:42 AM
Nice looking poppers!

Have you ever tried using old fly line for legs? It is fabulous and floats very nice...I have a friend who ties a popper with cork and uses a 2-3" piece of fly line tied to a marabou tail. He tells me it gives it more action in the water and allows the tail to sink a bit more. However; he did mentioned it fouled the rig at times after a hard cast.

jaysonalexander4
04-28-2014, 07:56 PM
Troutman thanks a lot! Those bugs look great. I talked to some guys here at a fly shop in Nashville that I found and ended up going with strung hen feathers, at least I think thats what I grabbed.. I'll look into what you said as well though because I'm on a college kid budget and something that will last a long time sounds great to me.

Troutman
05-01-2014, 11:16 AM
For a budget friendly topwater fly for bass and panfish, you should learn to tie stealth bombers. 2 mm craft foam sheets are less than a dollar, bucktail is about $5.00, rubber legs are cheap if you buy spinnerbait skirts. Thread and glue , and your hook .You can go print off a pattern sheet from Kent Edmonds site flyfishga.com