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Fly Tying / Re: Specialty poppers.
« Last post by Cliff Huntington on July 21, 2014, 10:32:19 PM »
I used Wright McGill weedless hooks on those poppers.  It is the center bare hook with the smooth shank on the right side of the photo.  The hook below it is another Wright McGill style I used frequently on big rabbit strip flies.  The five-inch rabbit strip fly shown here has that hook.  I like that center Wright McGill weedless hook on poppers because it is easier to fit solid body poppers and the wire is lighter than the B10S hooks I put the "stirrup wire guard" on.  The lighter hooks balance poppers better IMO.  The top bare weedless hook is a 2/0 B10s that I salvaged from a beat up rabbit strip fly and has a "stirrup guard" I put on it.  The top three flies on the left all have B10S hooks that I put "stirrup guards" on.   

I learned to make the "stirrup wire guards" from directions found in "The Fly Tiers Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles" by Ted Lesson and Jim Schollmeyer.  A pricey, expansive reference volume that "Santa" brought me several years back.  Instructions on the "Stirrup Guard" begin on page 62.  A chart showing the recommended wire sizes for all the types of wire guards discussed in the chapter can be found on 62.  I use wire leader material from Bass Pro.  The two sizes I use most are .010 and .008 inch diameter wire.  They will cover most hook sizes from #6 B10s to 2/0 or so.

I have put this wire guard on some Mustad kinked shank popper hooks and it works good.  I also made up a half dozen 7/0 Owner hooks with heavy wire guards for a friend heading to Florida to fish large shiners for bass. 

Working around the wire guard can be a pain.  Some ties allow for securing the guard "after" you have tied most of the fly and others require beginning with the guard attached.

Fly Tying / Re: Specialty poppers.
« Last post by Kirk Dietrich on July 21, 2014, 08:49:00 PM »
Cliff, those look to be off to a great start! I haven't tied one of those weedguards in years but I want to include the tying of it in the weedguard section of my book. Any suggestions or tips when tying it? I pretty much know how but if a master like yourself has any advice, it would be appreciated.
Fly Tying / Re: Specialty poppers.
« Last post by kjnengr on July 21, 2014, 02:59:12 PM »
How do you make your weed guards and what kind of wire do you use?  I have been thinking of making some weed guards of that type but just haven't made the leap yet.
Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: What interested you in warmwater flyfishing?
« Last post by kjnengr on July 21, 2014, 12:22:42 PM »
I am not really sure what got me into fly fishing.  I have always loved fishing and always wanted to try it.  I started with an Indian Creek Bass Pro special (with the line put on backwards on the fly reel from the factory).  I used that combo to catch a bunch of bluegill in a neighborhood pond.  Since then I have upgraded my gear and fly fishing has migrated over to my favorite fishing of all - inshore saltwater.  Sight fishing to redfish in ponds 12" deep with nowhere to run but straight away when they are hooked is great fun with a fly rod.  My next goal is to explore the local creeks via wading and paddling to catch a new species or two. 
Watercraft / Re: Third boat in the stable
« Last post by Les Jackson on July 21, 2014, 11:37:13 AM »
Watercraft / Re: Third boat in the stable
« Last post by jparsons on July 21, 2014, 11:28:17 AM »
Product Reviews / Budget Minded Fly Fishing Tackle - Graphite Fly Rods
« Last post by Pond Stalker on July 21, 2014, 10:29:54 AM »
Just finished writing a post for my blog that takes a look at Budget Minded Fly Fishing Tackle - Graphite Fly Rods.  Some nice work available in fly rods for those who are fly fishing with their budget in mind.
Watercraft / Third boat in the stable
« Last post by Allen on July 21, 2014, 09:56:56 AM »
Well, its been a long time since I've posted on here.
I finally got my act together and built my youngest son his own boat.

Identical to the first two, but at least now we all have our own boats to float/fish with.
Plus the bonus is that they all fit into the back of the pickup!
Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Wine Bottle Cork Poppers
« Last post by Kirk Dietrich on July 21, 2014, 06:44:06 AM »
Wine bottle corks are pretty big so, you're looking at using a 1/0 hook unless you turn it down a whole bunch. Get a 6 or 8d penny nail and cut the head off so you have a smooth straight rod to chuck into your dremel or drill. Impale the cork onto the nail as straight down the center as you can. Get a piece of fairly coars sandpaper like 50 grit and hold it doubled over for stiffness and use that to sand the spinning cork to the shape you desire.

Warmwater Fly Fishing / Wine Bottle Cork Poppers
« Last post by lastchance on July 20, 2014, 01:07:07 PM »
Any of you ever use wine bottle cork to make poppers? Is it worth the effort? I have a dremel to shape them. Is there a link that illustrates how to make them?
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