not sure what makes one a slider vs a popper... i just call all the surface flies poppers if they have any foam on them...
The easiest thing to do is take a baitfish pattern and slide a dink foam over the leader above your fly... works well
IBN is correct. My popper is technically a slider. Miyawaki Beach Slider didn't sound nearly as nice as Miyawaki Beach Popper. I have since changed my tying techniques and materials since the posting on PSFC.COM.
The stinger is a Gamakatsu Octopus #4 and is looped on with 25lb Maxima.
I have to tie bigger dries then. The pictures on here are of huge sliders and poppers. I use little ones. 2 inches at the most.
As others have said. You can turn any pattern into a dry. Just buy some foam heads and slide them on your line. Works really well and you don't have to have twie the flies, unless you want to.
ringlee... the black and white one on top is about as small as i go, although i have a few that are about that size. A lot of the time i will have smaller fish strike at the larger flies and not hook them. Decreases the number of fish i catch, but the ones i do hook are bigger.
Here are a couple patterns that I have been tying up in the last few weeks. I havent fished them yet. But these colors worked off my beach at christmas. The blue one was drying an wasnt quite finished yet. I will be trying these out in March.
Miyawaki's Popper is a slider (unless you turn the head around). What is important is that you don't have to "pop" Leland's slider. In fact, I've caught more salmon using a steady, gentle retrieve that just makes a very slight "V" wake. You just have to learn to make a couple of hard strips when the MP is grabbled before setting the hook. It will improve your fish to hand per hookup ratio considerably.