Sunday, September 28, 2014

Quick Popper Fix

 I realized a few days ago that some day soon I will have a day off again. Things are starting to slow down and I can feel the excitement. It's been over a month since I was on the water, it's looking good for this week. My only problem is i'm down on poppers. I've given a bunch away and lost a couple last time I was out. So tonight it was time to tie. I already had a bunch painted and ready, so I whipped out all my tying gear and got to work. I ended up with only five since I was watching the Cowboys vs. Saints and it was quite a distraction.
 Overall, the poppers turned out pretty good. There were a few problems that kept plaguing me like thread breaks, tyer error, broken feathers, torn legs, and the Saint's suddenly coming back to life in the second half . But everything worked out...the cowboys and the poppers. :)

I had fun coming up with different ways to do them. They should all have great action on the water, especially the ones with the wider bodies. We'll have to see this week. I can't wait.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Poppin' Right Along

I finished a few poppers a couple of weeks ago to send to a fella who had his gear stolen. They turned out pretty cool. I was finishing one of them, my son came through and said, "that looks like those little ones you do, you should call it the "Wooly Popper". So shall it be called...

                                                                    The Wooly Popper

Here were a few others I did that night.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Slimming Down the Tackle - Speedbag 3600

I've been trying to figure out which direction I wanted to go after I lost most my "good" fishing gear in the flash flood a few months ago. I have been in the process for about a year, trying to bring a less bulky tackle bag. I realized through this process,(and really trying to pay attention), how much I actually use and what I don't. I think since I was forced to start over, I was able to slim it down considerably. I will never be a real "ultralight" guy, but i'm starting to get closer. Here is my new "skinny" kayak tackle bag.....

I'm using a Plano Speedbag 3600. I bought 3 Plano 3640 Waterproof StowAway boxes to replace the one's that came with it. One has a variety of cranks, pop r's, spinners, etc that I like for the areas I fish. I have a hook/weight box since I spend so much time with plastics. I also added my catfishing hooks and weights for when we have a chance to kick back in forked stick country. The last box is for my flies. My poppers, buggers, clousers, and various flies that produce on the rivers here. I decided on doing this since I didn't have the best of luck with my waterproof fly boxes. (water resistant is what they needed to say, not waterproof)
Like I said, i'm not an ultralight guy. I have another speed bag just for plastics. Worms, lizards, hogs, senkos, you name it. But I stow that one behind me and just have the package out that i'm using.

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