Making Foam Poppers by Byron Begley
Making poppers is not like tying flies. It is more of an industrial assembly line process. I usually make up several bodies and advance the steps making several at a time. It seems to be faster to make at least 6 at once. I usually produce a dozen at a time. With marking pens you can add colors. You can use several different methods to apply eyes. Tails and legs can be made with many different components. You can make yours with a cupped face to make more noise on the water or just leave the face flat. I used to coat my poppers with rod wrapping finish, which took more time and required a jig turner. These days I usually skip that process. And lately I have not applied color. I just use different color cylinders. It doesn’t seem to make a difference.
Hook - Mustad CK 52 S Kink Shank Popper Hook
(In this example we are using a #8 hook)
Zap A Gap CA Glue
Plastic Eyes 4.5 mm
Single Edge Razor Blade
5 Minute Epoxy
Foam Cylinders (5/16" Chartreuse)
Round Rubber Legs Medium
Danville 210 Thread or 3/0 Unithread
Sharpie Markers with Chisel Point
Sewing Needle with large eye
Sportsmans Goop or Shoe Goo
What I will show you here is a simple one color popper made using a #8 hook. I can tell you that they work extremely well and they are durable. I like the #8 for bluegill. I have tied them on #10 hooks using ¼” foam cylinders but the bream suck those in so far the fish are injured sometimes and I wear out the poppers faster using forceps to reach into the fish’s mouth.
Step 1 – Here I am using a 5/16th” cylinder. Use a sharp single edge razor blade and a soft pine 1 x 12 board for cutting. Make your first cut at about a 45 degree angle making the body long enough to cover much of the hook but leaving plenty of room to tie in the tail. When making the cut you can move the razor blade to make the cut but only move it in one direction. A back and forth motion results in an uneven cut.
Step 2 – At the base of the ramp make a straight cut leaving a flat surface where the rear of the hook will come out of the body.
Step 4 – This takes practice too. Line up your razor blade on the belly of the popper and make a cut about halfway into the body. This will allow you to slide the body over the hook. With practice you will learn to get the cut straight. A straight cut is important so the popper tracks straight when you jerk it in the water. Make this cut after you have cupped the mouth. The hard part is over. The rest is easy. I would make a dozen bodies before starting on the next steps.
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