The Joy of Poppers and Gurglers

The Big POPPER Box, ready for action - anything from steelhead, sea bass, and silvers.
The Big POPPER Box, ready for action – anything from steelhead, sea bass, and silvers.

Given the recent bonanza in surface action fishing for Pacific Black Sea Bass in the ocean near Cape Kiwanda, I have been focused on tying a variety of Poppers and Gurglers.  I have fished these crazy surface flies in a variety of forms, including the ones i make using the Gary Krebs Popper Jig cutter Jig set. These were the poppers I had the most experience with, but this season I have expanded to tying and fishing large and small Gurglers.  These are wonderful flies to fish, they are very effective, and they only require foam sheeting to tie.  My 3rd popper style is the hard foam popper body that I buy in a bag with hooks.  These just need to be glued onto the hook, and then I add a tail usually of bucktail plus one of several varieties of Enrico Puglesi’s 1.5 inch or 3 inch brushes. I especially like the Senyo Chromatic Brush, Minnow Head Brush,  and the Anadromous brush for creating a collar on these Poppers. Expect some fly tying videos on the Caddis Fly Blog eventually, but for now, here are some images to whet the apetite.

Small Poppers created with Gary Krebs Popper Jig set.
Small Poppers created with Gary Krebs Popper Jig set.
Hard Foam Popper Bodies.
Hard Foam Popper Bodies.
Blue Foam Anchovy Gurgler inspired by John Garrett's Facebook posts.  Thanks John!
Blue Foam Anchovy Gurgler inspired by John Garrett’s Facebook posts. Thanks John!
Steelhead Gurglers ready for the 2015 season.
Steelhead Gurglers ready for the 2015 season.

Hope you find a little inspiration here to tie your own poppers in whatever form – and do so soon.

Best wishes to everyone.

Jay Nicholas, April 18, 2015.

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