Holy cow! Tried one of Leland's poppers I ordered from the Bellevue store (thank you Leland!) for the first time on a falling high tide in MA13. Got a boil first cast and I thought, "No kidding, this works!" About 15 minutes later I really got into them, just about dropping my rod from the startling takes. I caught big, healthy, fat cutts all morning, best fishing in years. Several of the fish had a golden color to them, is that from getting ready to spawn? It was so exciting to see fish boil and porpoise that hooking up was secondary. Also had great luck with Delia's squid pattern. I had most of my success in about 6-10 feet of water along seams. My first popper broke off pretty early so I am wondering about best tippet size and where to get material to tie up some on my own. I experimented with different stripping patterns and found my best luck with hard aggressive strips followed by small erratic strips. So now I have some questions: Best tippet size? Is polar bear hair available or a substitute? After getting beat up my popper didn't seem to float as well, do you use floatant on it? The other helpful thing I learned today was thanks to Bob Trigg's comment on another thread, "just go fish the beach and learn it at all tidal stages". I was worried that the high flood today wouldn't be productive, and boy was I wrong!