Warmwater fishing pre or post spawn (march-april and july-august here in Ohio) you absolutely need a popper in your box. I love to tie deer hair poppers. I find they provide a strong gurgle and provide a little more action than static wooden floats. There are frog poppers, wounded minnows, colorful chartreuse and light green attractors, grasshoppers, and a whole slew of goofy variations that you'll love to tie. In this installment I'm going to tie the simple generic popper to give you an base concept to practice. It's simple, effective and requires very few materials.
Seeing that fish leap from the water and fight against the line, that's all I was thinking about. I wanted to try something new and go after a fish that I had never caught: Steelhead Trout.
I got the urge to try my luck for steelhead in early September. Not sure what it was about the steelhead, the name sounded so tough. I watched a few youtube videos and read a few blogs describing the freight train take off these guys put on a line. I'm an Ohio boy so large and smallmouth along with some crappie bent the rods of my youth. But as my new addiction took off I knew I needed to experience fly fishing as depicted in magazines (sigh...marketing...) I wanted to catch trout and if I'm going to catch trout I want the largest and hardest to catch. The seed was planted, heres how it all went down.
Around the house and useful: (or reasonably obtained)
After getting started tying I realized that ideas were everywhere. I no longer rolled my eyes and faked being sick when the wife wanted to go shopping. I was on patrol. You start looking at the crafts section for beads, feathers, chenille, yarn types, waxed thread, waterproof glue, etc. I am proud to say that my wife actually waited in the car while I begged her stop at a Joann fabric joint.
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.