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I have caught some very nice bass on a popper on the fly line. I most often use an intermediate line, tuck the rod under my arm and two hand strip, getting a good pop with each strip...

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Yes - VERY effective.  But you HAVE to use a floating line - which is better than an intermed line in most instances anyway.

Except when it's blowing.  Intermed line wih smaller diameter will cast better.

Herb

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I really enjoyed the Crease fly ( made by our SOL Hilltop ) in the

fly swap . It was the only one I ever used and it was great in the back as the sun went down . :clap:

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I have had some success with gurggler’s especially articulated ones. Lots of varieties to try. Preform nicely in the trough.

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Poppers are a blast to fish.A floating line is not a must but it will be much better to "fish" a popper.Also,use mono and a non-slip loop knot.The mono floats and the loop knot will make the popper "act" much better.HL got the bug a few years ago when I gave him one to try.To help turning over a popper for distance try a tarpon taper line[if you're in the market for a specific line] and a shorter leader.

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I've had some epic spring DAYS in full sun, with a simple white gurgler.

 

I wouldn't necessarily suggest daytime, but I'd second the floating line. The intermediate seems to quickly overcome the floatation of most poppers.

 

It's also worth noting that, while it can raise a ruckus on the surface, a gurgler is not really a popper. (Nor, for that matter is a crease fly, which Joe Blados designed for its subsurface action.)

 

But topwater can be a lot of fun!

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I've had decent luck with poppers for stripers and blues.  I prefer the pencil popper, long thin body, not the same as the lure. Standard body poppers also work.  As far as the Crease Fly goes, two takes on that.  I tie mine so that the body sits straight in the water not on its side.  If I leave the mouth open, I'll fish it more like a popper and use a floating line.  If I close the mouth, then I normally fish it off an intermediate or sinking line.

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Very effective especially when they are blitzing, or early morning or on a cloudy day blind casting.  These are made with flip flop foam that I found washed up on the beach, floats high and pops nice.  I also drill a hole or burn a hole and put in a small rattle into the forehead, then epoxy it in.  

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35 mins ago, Poulin said:

Interesting, I already have in mind spots where I will try.

 

But what’s the difference between a popper and a gurgler ?

A gurgler pushes water more foreward by the design.I popper pushes water more in an upward direction depending on the cut in the face and if it's cupped in the face.

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Floating Poppers work well with a floating line and a Lightning Leader (70%-20%-10%). You can also thriftily make a sinking popper by drilling a small hole in the back top side of the popper and loading #8 Bird-Shot into it. Sinking poppers can be fished with either a floating or a sinking line.

 

You can also make a Crease Fly with the face of a popper and a shortened body. I use the one pictured for peanut bunker blitzes. What's nice about a fly like this is. It's very inexpensive to make and with the prices on popper bodies these days a piece of foam is a lot more economical way to make a fishing lure.

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Hard-Body Poppers are absolutely money for Fall Striper blitzes. They also work at night. In my opinion, this style of popper is by far and away the best one. 

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Electric Gurglers (enhanced with UV Flash) aren't technically poppers, but they're deadly surface lures and I would definitely recommend a floating line with them. 

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Mylar Poppers are best for Bluefish Blitzes because they're the most indestructible of all Poppers. They also happen to work pretty well on Stripers too.

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Bob Popovics Popper is also pretty good and cheap to make.

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21 hours ago, CaryGreene said:

Floating Poppers work well with a floating line and a Lightning Leader (70%-20%-10%). You can also thriftily make a sinking popper by drilling a small hole in the back top side of the popper and loading #8 Bird-Shot into it. Sinking poppers can be fished with either a floating or a sinking line.

 

You can also make a Crease Fly with the face of a popper and a shortened body. I use the one pictured for peanut bunker blitzes. What's nice about a fly like this is. It's very inexpensive to make and with the prices on popper bodies these days a piece of foam is a lot more economical way to make a fishing lure.

20160920_212813-1.jpg.5f4923187dbeb81a9a7494451ba7238a.jpg

 

Hard-Body Poppers are absolutely money for Fall Striper blitzes. They also work at night. In my opinion, this style of popper is by far and away the best one. 

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Electric Gurglers (enhanced with UV Flash) aren't technically poppers, but they're deadly surface lures and I would definitely recommend a floating line with them. 

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Mylar Poppers are best for Bluefish Blitzes because they're the most indestructible of all Poppers. They also happen to work pretty well on Stripers too.

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Bob Popovics Popper is also pretty good and cheap to make.

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I have been using a fly like the green one on the bottom, but instead of using a long shank hook, I use a shorter one with some bucktail and I feed the line through middle of the popper (think tube fly).  The hook swims more freely.  I get better hookups and longer casts since its less weight.

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