Bass & Pike

Simple Pimple Popper

foam bodies09This is a simple quick popper to tie, low cost and float like a cork all day. Its perfectly sized for Bluegill, and other sunfish and attracts bass just fine as well. It uses the foam heads made using the DIY Foam Ant and Popper Bodies tutorial.

Some of my more productive colors are Black with Green face and White with Red face. The foam to make these is quite easy to find at the local hobby places, just look for the 6mm (thick) sheets, usually come in White, Red and Black. I'd like to find a source for some good green foam in 6mm as well locally, but so far no dice. The face of the popper I just use 1mm foam superglued to the 6mm. Look for a package of foam "Craft Sticks" on the pegs at the local hobby lobby. They are 1mm and come in bright colors, perfect for this, and the ant bodies indicator color.

 

I hope you have as much success with this pattern as I do.

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Maverick Pike Fly

maverick-step00This is a quick pike tie that has proven pretty effective on the local pike populations here in Arizona. Its a simple pattern that can be adjusted in color to suit the fish and conditions in your area. I've tied this in "FireTiger" Orange, Black, White and as demonstrated here, Yellow. The undersized (for hook size) fish skull provides just a little bit of weight to give the fly a nice action in the water, but not so much as to drop fast and get you hung up. Give this pattern a try the next time you're chasing pike.

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