Left handed Gemini.
I went to a popular beach today to try my luck and even tho the day started with adverse conditions wind, rain and the destruction of my line, it caught on something and was cut completely in half I was not deterred, I have jacket, the wind yes less than ideal but can dealt with and with a quick and dirty line splice and I was out there casting away my major annoyance as it turned out was the ticking of the splice both when I cast and upon the retrieve, it did really suck but no spare and nothing open so you go with what you got or go home. So there I was bitching to my self about ruining my line pissed about my inability to get much distance with my casts due to the joint hanging up in the guides and lets not get into how it messed up my retrieve when I hooked a fish, a sculpin the first of many, something about the splice catching on the guides during the retrieve gave them a really good shot at the fly and they were more than willing to take it, damn it, but I persevered and caught a nice little 12'' salmon, ok at this point I was going to be happy with anything as long as it wasn't another sculpin I might have possibly even been happy with a few flounders, well I released it and few casts later and I caught a small but in my opinion bonkable silver and with that decided to head home dinner in hand. While I had been fishing I noticed another another fly fisher down the beach a ways and had from time to time been watching him fish and as I walk down the beach I realized it was Leland and at that moment he hooked a fish, I should have known without asking what he was using but I asked anyway and got the standard reply a popper its all I use he said and then he offered me the fish which after a moments thought I accepted. I've tied his pattern and have used it on cutts I've also tried fishing it for salmon but without much confidence never having invested the time it takes to make a popper a viable part of my arsenal I've just always gone back to a clouser if I didn't get a hit fairly rapidly but after today I think I'll dig out my poppers and maybe leave the clousers at home and make myself put in some time experimenting with them until I gain confidence in them because they certainly do work and Leland if you happen to read this I regret not staying longer and getting some pointers when I had the chance also I realized I never introduced myself my name is Tony, thanks for the fish and the inspiration.