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Those are indeed intricate & gorgeous - it is obvious where the "time-consuming" aspect lies. Unfortunately, such fine detail is beyond the ken of this shaky old fart, but I do sincerely admire your creations, Rodney. Stunning examples of "Pop(per) Art," lol.
 

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Thank you so much Jim for the encouraging words.. As I'm really trying hard to produce a product for the market.. I have 3 members testing them out.. As I'm 60 + years myself I have been blessed with great eyes and a steady hand.. Lol
At least you didn't say" To pretty to fish"
Thanks again
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You are welcome, Rod. Dad got me started back in Montana when I was 8 years old - 1956. It has been a wonderful journey & I don't anticipate it ending any time soon, although it will slow down a tad during Pheasant season (it must - my fine & devoted dog would never forgive me otherwise.).
 

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Ahh!! Way to much in common my friend. As I also love the pursuit of chasing ringnecks.. As a complete idiot, I sold my beloved Sweet 16 from my youth years.. I have finally got another in my possession.. It's a Belgium. As I could only find the Japan model available.. So me and my trusty Sweet 16 are going to North Dakota for the cackling roosters, in October ..
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They look great! I would suggest you build some with yellow and black as the primary colors. I'm also partial to a split tail that forms a "V". The idea is to create a tail (legs?) that "kick" when you pop the bug. This is why, like you, I prefer using hair instead of feathers for the tail. Feathers shrink up and do not maintain a "V" shape when wet. Hair does.

As far as the quality of the paint work and tying is concerned, you have that nailed!
 

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These are gorgeous. How long does it take to tie one? Is the painting the longest part of the process? What size are they? Is the purpose of the hackle just to hide the tie in points for the rubber legs. If you want someone to test them in the saltwater let me know. These would work really well for baby tarpon and jacks. I am going to Belize for the 17th time in November. Too bad our coho are almost done here in Alaska. Pink ones would work really well for them.
 

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Yes the painting is the longest part of the process.. The hackle helps the popper float higher.. I use a dry fly floatant on the hackle and tail. These in the post are all size 4!
The largest is size 2.. I haven't made any that size, yet! I do have some pencil popper body's on their way. Just received 40 size 6 popper bodies..send me your info thru a pm. I will get you some made up for your trip.. Here's some pics of the Pink Lady , Cameron and I are going to set a auction up, and proceeds to go to Casting for a cure..,
Thanks for your encouraging words
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Been working on more styles of poppers! Tyed some saltwater ones for a member who's taking them to Belize to test. Also did some pencil poppers and some size six poppers I'm working on.. As my site is near completion to sell retail. I'm still trying to perfect them in the highest quality. Pleas give all feed back..
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Thanks a lot Phil, the bumble bee was the hardest one to paint so far.. The yellow is very transparent and takes a few Coates to cover! Then add the black .. The pink face one was a fun pattern! I also made one with the pink on the body and the black on the face..
Hope my poppers hook some big ones in Belize.. Please post at least one pic, with a popper hanging out the mouth,
and a review..
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