Gurgle-Pop Fly Tying Instructions

Gurgle-Pop Fly Tying Instructions
Poppers are a tried and true means of fly fishing for smaller fish such as bream and bluegill as well as larger fish such as bass. Poppers are fished on the surface and retrieved with short line strips, causing the lure to pop across the top of the water. Based on an existing foam popper design used by many anglers, the gurgle pop adds a lower lip to the design to add a gurgle to the already potent pop.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly tying vise
  • Dry fly hook, size 8 to 12
  • Danville 3/0 fly tying thread
  • Yarn or fur
  • Craft foam (2mm thick)
  • Rubber leg material
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Select a size 8 or 12 dry fly hook and place in the jaws of a fly tying vise. Hook size is a matter of preference and personal choice. Position the hook in the vise so the bend of the hook is held in the jaws. The bend and point of the hook should be on the bottom.
Step 2
Select a small bunch of yarn or similar material and cut to a length of about 2 inches. Choose colors that are proven effective based on experience or preference. Position the yarn on the shank of the hook. The yarn should extend past the bend for at least 1/2 inch. Wrap Danville 3/0 fly tying thread around the yarn and shank of the hook. Begin near the bend of the hook and work up to the eye and back down to the bend. Trim the excess yarn extending past the eye of the hook. Cut the yarn as flush as possible to the base of the hook eye.
Step 3
Cut a strip of 2mm thick foam that is 5/16 inch wide. The narrow foam strip should be at least 2 inches long. Position the foam on the shank of the hook so that the front end is even with the base of the hook eye. Tie the foam to the shank and yard with the fly tying thread. Make 10 to 12 turns with the thread at a point just above the bend of the hook to hold the foam securely in place.
Step 4
Lift the front end of the foam and wrap the fly tying thread around the shank from the connection point of the foam up to the midpoint of the hook shank. Place the foam back down on the shank and tie the foam in place with 10 to 12 turns of thread. Place two strips of rubber leg material on the wraps you just made so they extend from either side at equal distance. Secure the legs in place with several turns of thread.
Step 5
Lift the foam slightly and wrap the thread forward to the base of the hook eye. Place the foam on the shank and tie the foam securely in place with 10 to 12 turns of thread. This will form a lower lip for the popper.
Step 6
Fold the back end of the 2mm foam forward and over the foam and legs tied to the shank. Pull the foam forward so that it extends slightly past the eye of the hook. This will form the upper lip of the gurgle pop. Secure the overlapping foam with 15 to 20 turns of thread around the foam at the base of the hook eye. Trim the upper lip of the foam with scissors so it just extends past the lower lip. Round the edges of the upper foam lip.

Tips & Warnings

 
Finish the fly by turning the fly over and coating the threads around the shank of the hook with head cement or clear nail polish.

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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