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Just finished this one up the other day.   More for pike but should work on bass.

 

 

 

 

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They're very popular.  It's hard for me to find the soft foam popper bodies that I normally use, anymore, in a lot of the fly fishing catalogs.  I've got some in various sizes in my tying room.  I did use some of the smaller ones to make sliders for pan fish.  I know I took some pictures just have to find them.

My main problem with them, at least the ones I have, is they don't have a through the body hole to insert the hook and it appears it's going to be tough to get legs through the body.  Also they don't take colors well, so much for fire tiger poppers.

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I haven’t checked this thread out in a while apparently. Nice work fellas! I’m not a fly fishing guy, but I enjoy seeing the creativity from those who tie flies. 

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A trick you can use in an emergency for a popper is one I came up with while guiding some anglers for Silver Salmon in 
Alaska.  I forgot to bring poppers with me one day, and the silvers were very aggressive.  After catching many on streamers the guests wanted to try top water.  I got some yellow and pink foam earplugs out of the plane and strung one on the leader in front of a pink bunny bug.  They worked as well as the foam poppers I usually used.

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10 hours ago, king fisher said:

I got some yellow and pink foam earplugs out of the plane and strung one on the leader in front of a pink bunny bug.  They worked as well as the foam poppers I usually used.

I've used earplugs.  Usually the ones I use when I go to the range...  The problem I had with them is that they're to soft to get them on a hook.  Stringing them on the line in front of the hook makes sense.  A poor man's tube fly.

I've been taking a fly tying class called "Fun with Foam" offered by the IFF on ZOOM and Facebook.  The last fly we did was a foam dragon fly.  Here's a couple that I tied up.  Any resemblance to the fly taught in the class is purely coincidental.

 

 

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You can definitely do a lot with foam and while i love a pretty deer hair fly and I can do them reasonably well, the trade off in time isn't usually worth it for me.  I have been messing with the double barrel popper heads and they have done well for me and are pretty easy to tie.  I can tie all the tails on a bunch of hooks and then glue al the heads on in very little time.  

those are some good looking dragon flies as well. 

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Finally got around to using the large double barrel poppers and a couple of "standard" body ones.  

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Figured I bump this topic up.  Easier for me to find.  These are "revised" flies.  Years ago I came up with a streamer I really liked by modifying Bob Popovic's "Semper Fleye".  I tied up a bunch to take up to Ontario, mainly for pike, but also for smallmouth.  Looking back at pictures, it looks like I only fished the all white ones.  When I got  back and unpacked the wallet I had them I stuck it in some dark corner until I found them last week.  They needed a bit of work to make them fishable.  I plan to fish them for largemouth and smallmouth, chain pickerel and possibly muskie.  Not sure where they fit into the lure category, soft plastics maybe.  Subsurface, 6 to 8 inches long, lot of movement and flash. 

 

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On 3/1/2020 at 6:46 PM, Scott F said:

Do those hold a lot of water making them hard to cast?

No, Puglosi stuff is just the opposite, clears of water easily.   

 

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Add a few more.  This is a mix of salt water and bass/pike patterns.  They can be fished as top water, or a subsurface fly. 

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Looks great.  I am getting ready to start doing some more tying to fill up the fly box for next year.  I went through some game changers last year for sure.  I had a few get snagged and a few get tore up after catching a bunch of fish and a few get bitten off by bowfin or pickerel.  I have a couple other patterns i want to add to the arsenal next season too.

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Looking forward to seeing them.  I can always use new ideas.  It's going to be a long winter with the virus and recovering from knee surgery.  Plan on tying a lot of flies.

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Tied a few this weekend.....All are based on the Kelly Galloup Sex dungeon articulated fly.  I took some liberties to make them easier to tie.  All are double hook articulated flies as well.  I fished them a few times and really like their action and the they get down deep pretty fast in current in a natural way given the weighted eyes and the spun deer hair head.  I tied some closer floating minnows too but I will have to take a picture of those and post them up.  
 

 

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8 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

Kelly Galloup Sex dungeon articulated fly

That’s quite the name. You fly fishing guys have a naughty dark side to ya! 
 

They do look good BTW. 

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He is kind of an odd guy and said he named all his flies like that instead of the boring ones like people usually name them...here are some of them

sex dungeon

butt monkey

twerking minnow

lap dancer

bangtail T&A

barely legal

butt sump

silk kitty.....

 

I think you get the idea 

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On 1/1/2021 at 7:49 PM, flyfisher said:

He is kind of an odd guy and said he named all his flies like that instead of the boring ones like people usually name them...here are some of them

sex dungeon

butt monkey

twerking minnow

lap dancer

bangtail T&A

barely legal

butt sump

silk kitty.....

 

I think you get the idea 

Kelly certainly has an inappropriate sense of humor to say the least, but the man is a fantastic designer of flies, ties them well, and understands what makes a pattern effective in a situation in a way that very few people who are so public and forthcoming with designs do, I think his having a small laugh at offending the more sensitive natured members of the sometimes stuffy group that makes up the fly fishing community is a small price to pay for all the great patterns, knowledge and theory he freely shares.

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1 hour ago, Sphynx said:

Kelly certainly has an inappropriate sense of humor to say the least, but the man is a fantastic designer of flies, ties them well, and understands what makes a pattern effective in a situation in a way that very few people who are so public and forthcoming with designs do, I think his having a small laugh at offending the more sensitive natured members of the sometimes stuffy group that makes up the fly fishing community is a small price to pay for all the great patterns, knowledge and theory he freely shares.

I think what I appreciate most about him, other than his free flowing of information and non judgmental attitude like many tyers are, is he is straight up about commercial versus flies he will fish.  In his video on how to tie the mini sex dungeon he is like I'd stop right here if i was fishing it but I will show you the commercial version.  Looks prettier but doesn't catch anymore fish than the ugly one

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He's also pretty up front that even a tyer like himself will only create a properly fishable fly every so often, he might tie a dozen of a given pattern and be satisfied with the action in the water of 3 or 4 of them, certainly is an encouraging sentiment for those of us who are entirely less talented, I generally appreciate his frank, open nature.

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Some nice ties, flyfisher.  Good job on the Game Changers and Sex Dungeon.  I'm just about finished refurbishing old flies.  Still have to change the heads on my floating mop flies, including the bass size ones.  Plan to add a marabou tail to some of them.  I should have some new ones to post over the weekend.

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Nice bluegill, even has the red eyes.  Finally got around to taking some pictures.  First up is called the "Gutless Frog" by an Australian tyer named Meade.  There was a discussion on a fly fishing board today about it and the guy had order one from a catalog to break it down so he could tie his own.  I broke it down from the pictures and came up with this.

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The other fly in the last picture is called "Tony's Froggie" created by a friend of mine.  Normally, I use it as a panfish fly, but bumped it up to bass size.

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Now some heretical flies.  These I refurbished.  They're made with craft foam cylinders and and sheets. Trying to drag the memories of younger days when lures were the ticket.

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