A month or so back I bought a bunch of natural cork poppers and have been tying them up and having a blast. By the way, these were preshaped and are beautiful! Here are some pictures of the bodies and some finished ones as well. Jaiyman
I just wanted to let you guys to know that I still have plenty of these left for you guys that haven't gotten in touch with me. I appreciate those of you that have bought some from me. Jaiyman
Thank you, PD, for sharing your video link. That is a cool way of shaping the corks. I can see that the whole process: shaping the popper head, epoxying the head to a hook, tying in the tail and rubber legs, and painting the body is time intensive, but no more (or much more) than tying an elaborate steelhead fly, like a Intruder or full-dress Atlantic pattern.
Paul, your video is cool. I'm thinking I may have to do that. What kind of paint do you use on the cork? I bought some popper bodies in the past and painting and tying those things up sure takes a long time, not something you do the night before a trip.
I just use acrylic craft paint. Some use the model paint (testors?) some use airbrush.
here's a link to a keynote presentation (pwr point) I made for a class I recently taught. I think that maybe even without my narration it might be helpful. It's a very large file so takes a couple min to load or download, then although a video file it will play like a pwr pnt....you need to click it to advance each slide. http://gallery.me.com/riverwader#100383/PoppersPP&bgcolor=black