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    I especially like Nebraska's carvings of fly fishermen and fish...I am a self taught fly tier, and learning the craft of casting a fly rod.

    Here in Central Kansas, opportunities for trout fishing are available, but the hatchery raised fish are more readily caught on prepared bait than tied flies.

    Our other fishing opportunities consist of great largemouth bass fishing as well as panfish, more specifically, bluegill.

    After watching some Youtube videos on making popper flies, I made trip to Hobby Lobby and bought some balsa sticks. Here are my creations...the little green popper is a 3/8" square chunk of balsa. It is carved and sanded to that shape. After that, I saw a small kerf in the bottom, and then super glue it to the hook.

    My paint job consists of $1.00 bottles of nail polish from Dollar Tree...believe me when I tell you I get some strange looks buying them!

    The larger yellow popper is 1/2" square balsa, 5/8" long with the same process. In this picture, it is the bare hook prior to me putting on the deer tail hair and feathers.

    Since balsa is so soft, I treat the wood with Minwax Wood Hardener before I paint them.

    I will see how good my craft is when the weather warms up and I head out to the local ponds!

    Hope you enjoy!
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    Last edited by tbox61; 01-06-2021, 12:38 PM.

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    They look like likely fish catchers to me.
    Ed
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    https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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    • #3
      Those are excellent. The sooner we see some teeth marks in them, the better I'll like it.
      How long will it be before we see you build a fly rod?
      Brian T

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Brian T View Post
        Those are excellent. The sooner we see some teeth marks in them, the better I'll like it.
        How long will it be before we see you build a fly rod?
        Oh, boy, Brian! Not sure I want to open that can of worms! (no pun intended!)

        I really like flyfishing, but I REALLY like tying my own flies. Guess that is why I enjoy carving so much...making something with my hands give me great satisfaction.

        I built and flew radio controlled airplanes for a while...I was a really good builder, but a lousy ground pilot!!!! Found I enjoyed building them a lot more than flying them.

        My flycasting is really sucky right now, but I catch a few fish...just have to keep practicing!

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        • #5
          I'm like you, like the fishing, but love the tying! Have you tried a weight forward line? I found it helped a lot to learn the art of casting. Made my own graphite rod, you should try it! Never fished with a popper, looks like it would be fun!

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          • #6
            I did try to carve some big baby duck lures for Northern Pike. Sad to watch the real thing happen but they are the ultimate "flies," so to speak.
            I built a 9' x #10 rod on a Fenwick glass blank ages ago. Power pole. Still a pleasure to fish.

            Casting. Hold a paper back novel against your side with your elbow. So you can't "throw" the line.
            Let the elastic rod do the work.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              Those look like good Brim amd Bass flyies. Not many trout in lower Alabama. There are Speckled trout Mobile Bay and they are fun on a fly rod. Last spring I caught a 7lb bass on a popper much like your large one,with some turkey feathers over the hook.
              We live in the land of the free because of the brave!
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              • #8
                I like fly fishing but never enjoyed tying. I’ve done it just never found it to be fun. Still have a couple bamboo rods my dad made 50-60 years ago.
                Ed
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                https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brian T View Post

                  Casting. Hold a paper back novel against your side with your elbow. So you can't "throw" the line.
                  Let the elastic rod do the work.
                  Brian...thanks! I will try that tip! I have an 8' 5-6 weight rod, and just bought a 7' Eagle Claw 5-6 weight as well. I want to get better casting before I upgrade!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Randy View Post
                    Those look like good Brim amd Bass flyies. Not many trout in lower Alabama. There are Speckled trout Mobile Bay and they are fun on a fly rod. Last spring I caught a 7lb bass on a popper much like your large one,with some turkey feathers over the hook.
                    Randy...our trout here in Kansas are stocked each November in various community ponds and waters across the state. Most of the rainbows are in the 12-15" range...good eating size...but they also stock some 20"+ fish as well. Most are caught on Power Bait, marshmallows or corn.

                    I am also tying up some grasshopper patterns that hopefully will work on bass as well! My house backs up to a 'lake'...more like a sand pit, that has everything from bluegill, largemouth bass and plenty of carp! All I have to do is walk out into my back yard and start casting!
                    Last edited by tbox61; 01-07-2021, 01:55 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sappy View Post
                      I'm like you, like the fishing, but love the tying! Have you tried a weight forward line? I found it helped a lot to learn the art of casting. Made my own graphite rod, you should try it! Never fished with a popper, looks like it would be fun!
                      Sappy...my 7' Eagle Claw rod has a reel full of 6 weight, weight forward line. Once you fish a popper, you will be hooked! Nothing like watching a bass, or even a 1# bluegill hit a topwater lure!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nebraska View Post
                        I like fly fishing but never enjoyed tying. I’ve done it just never found it to be fun. Still have a couple bamboo rods my dad made 50-60 years ago.
                        Ed...I certainly understand! Those bamboo rods sound like quite an heirloom. I was watching a 'How it's Made' episode not too long ago and they built a bamboo rod...quite amazing!

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                        • #13
                          Fly fishing is certainly fun and I keep trying.
                          Bill
                          Living among knives and fire.

                          http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                          • #14
                            If you want a little constructive criticism... I think your basic shapes for the poppers is good - can't tell from the photos, but the front of the commercial poppers is usually concave, which is what makes the distinctive "pop" when it's twitched in a few inches at a time. I'd also put a wrap of hackle right at the back of the popper body - sort of like a circle of hair. The motion of the hackle fibers is similar to legs on a bug. Motion = life = edible to a fish...

                            I've tied my own flies for around 30 years now and have several fly rods from 4wt to 8wt. You might try tying a wooly bugger for the bass.

                            Claude
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Claude View Post
                              If you want a little constructive criticism... I think your basic shapes for the poppers is good - can't tell from the photos, but the front of the commercial poppers is usually concave, which is what makes the distinctive "pop" when it's twitched in a few inches at a time. I'd also put a wrap of hackle right at the back of the popper body - sort of like a circle of hair. The motion of the hackle fibers is similar to legs on a bug. Motion = life = edible to a fish...

                              I've tied my own flies for around 30 years now and have several fly rods from 4wt to 8wt. You might try tying a wooly bugger for the bass.

                              Claude
                              Thanks, Claude! Sorry I didn't show the front, but I concaved the fronts with drill bits...on the yellow popper, I tied the back with bucktail and flash, and palmered some hackle right behind the body! I will post a pic of the finished fly!

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