How to Tie Bass Deere Popper Lures

How to Tie Bass Deere Popper Lures
Poppers used by fly anglers when fishing for bass are designed to imitate small to large size insects and small rodents struggling on the surface of the water. Typically made with a foam or cork body, poppers may also feature feathers or hair, such as deer hair, extending back along the shank and beyond the bend of the hook. Many fly anglers choose to design and make their own custom poppers at home. Quality poppers can be produced at a fraction of those manufactured in a short amount of time.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Long shank hook
  • Cork or foam popper body
  • Hobby knife
  • Quick set glue
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Enamel paint and small brush
  • Fly tying vise
  • Deer hair
  • Sharp scissors
  • Fly tying thread
Step 1
Select a long shank hook that will accommodate the size of the foam or cork popper body you will be using. There will also need to be enough room on the shank between the end of the cork or foam body and the bend for attaching deer hair with wraps of thread. The size of the hook is based on popper body size as well as personal preference.
Step 2
Place a foam or cork popper body on a sturdy work surface. Hold the body firmly in place on the work surface and make a cut along the length of the popper with a hobby knife. The cut should go half way through the body so that a hook can be inserted later on and the body will sit evenly distributed on the hook shank.
Step 3
Place a long shank hook in the cut made in the body of the foam or cork popper. Position the body so that the front of the popper is situated just below the eye of the hook. When you are satisfied as to how the popper body sits on the hook, apply a thin line of quick set glue to the cut and set the hook and body aside to dry for a hour or so.
Step 4
Paint the body of the popper, if desired, with enamel paints to resemble insects, toads or small rodents. Use a small hobby brush and allow a coat of paint to thoroughly dry before applying another coat. Paint eyes on the popper or attach plastic eyes with quick set glue.
Step 5
Place the popper in a fly tying vise so that it is held in place by the bend of the hook with the point on the bottom. Wrap fly tying thread around the shank of the hook just below the popper body. Make several turns with the thread to provide a secure mounting point for the deer hair.
Step 6
Gather a pinch of deer hair between your thumb, index and middle fingers and cut them with a pair of scissors. Trim one end of the hair flush with scissors and place them on the thread wraps on the shank of the hook.
Step 7
Secure the hair in place with thread, making several wraps to hold them in place on the shank of the hook. Tie the thread off and cut the thread free from the bobbin with scissors. Trim the hair as desired to further imitate a variety of insects, toads, frogs or small rodents.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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