Poppers

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  1. GAT

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    Rainy's sells a couple different styles of closed-cell foam pre-shaped bodies that I've never used before. As I ended up fishing for LMB yesterday, I'm back into bass mode.

    I wasn't exactly sure what to do with the frog body so I winged it.

    The yellow body is longer than the norm and I've never tied a popper with that style before so it's worth a try. Yellow and black poppers are the ones that work the best for me... but in a smaller body size.

    We'll see. None of this means a thing if they don't work.

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    i really like that frog one. that'd work good in some ponds i fish.
     
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    I'm most interested in trying that guy. I've caught some of my largest LMB on frog patterns but they were made with the traditional, squat body. The knotted legs are also something new for me.
     
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    i think the legs look good, frogs do have pretty long toes. some of my biggest bass i caught before i started fly fishing on frog patterns.
     
  5. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Which frog bodies are you talking about? Rainy's? Or?

    I know we have some foam cutters we use at PHW for making them. Turn out really nice. We use them on one of the local lakes we fish that are full of bass.

    BTW, some of those Rainy's heads are great to work with. Glue them on (I'm assuming you're talking about the ones with the pre cut hole where you can just slide it on the hook), paint/color with marker to your liking, then we clear coat them. Work great.
     
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    I'm talking about Rainy's. The pre-drilled guys.

    Originally I used pre shaped bodies from Edgewater but they disappeared. It appears Rainy's bought them out and are now offering the popper bodies.

    I use Testers for spray painting the bodies as needed... it eventually wears off but I can always repaint them if I want. I prefer hard body poppers over clipped deer hair because no matter what I've tried for floatant, the hair bodies eventually start sinking and don't pop nearly as well as the hard bodies.

    I also use the solid foam bodies from Spirit River. They are a little more difficult to install on the hooks than are the Edgewater (now Rainy's) style.
     
  7. Norm Frechette

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    i have a batch that need tails

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    Norm, your's are far too pretty to actually use. You obviously take this popper stuff VERY seriously :) That's artwork, not bass patterns.

    Are those slotted, pre-shaped bodies?
     
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    yes they are the slotted hard foam type with the popper hooks

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    Okay, I have some of those. Sometimes I need to mess with the slot in the body to get the hook to fit.
     
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    yes

    i clean out the slot of any flash left over from the molding process but i do not alter the width of the slot to accommodate the hook shank. i then wrap a layer of thread on the shank where the popper body will be. coat the thread with super glue and attach the popper to the hook. after that is dried i will fil in the slot with a uv resin. file that down if required.
     
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    I was using epoxy to fill the gap but I should look into the UV resin. It would dry quicker with the UV flashlight I purchased. The bend in the hook shank is effective in prohibiting the body from shifting on the shank. I use the same hook for the closed cell foam pencil popper bodies.
     
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    Those look very nice GAT, as do the great assortment displayed by Mr. Frechette.
     
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    Beautiful work. Did you make the gizmo that's holding them yourself (if so, how?), or is it something that you can buy?
     
  15. Norm Frechette

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