You can make poppers with a lot of different materials, deer hair, cork, wood and foam and anything else that you can form a body with. You can even get cork, wood and foam in popper shapes and different colors.
When I make my own I like to use foam poppers just because they are so easy to tie and they work, spinning deer hair is not my cup of tea. John at Great Lakes Fly Company shared his easy popper pattern and look like
I basically stick with a few colors on poppers: chartruese, white, black and yellow with slight variations, but all have the main theme colors in one of those four. Stick with hook sizes between 2/0 and #2. Obvisouly smaller for panfish.
When I'm fly fishing for panfish on top I just like to use those pre-made balsa poppers that you can pick up just about anywhere bait store, tackle shop and they are generally real cheap, come in a variety of colors in a pack, but they work. Along with the noise, remember to choose a color that doesn't blend in with the background (in this case the sky). Fish are looking up so pick a color that stands out from the background, helps the fish to home in on your popper, especially bass.
Also try some Dahlberg Divers. Almost like a popper, but it slides underwater when your stripping the fly. So it does make a commotion, but also does a little swimming action. I probably use this the most when I'm top water fishing for bass and pike.
|Capt. Ouitdee Carson - Arrowhead Fly Angler
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