I was down in the garage yesterday and while trying to clean things up a bit I started fiddling around with some of the leftover plugs of wood I had laying around. After a little drilling and sanding, I slapped together a simple popper head and decided to try tying a fly with some of the cheap “practice” feathers I picked up at AC Moore.
Here’s a step by step view of the fly/popper I created. It’s a bit crazy so I hope you enjoy this rookie’s progress.
So that’s about it. This was the first thing I’ve tied other than some dressed treble hooks. What you have here is ghetto fly tying on a shoestring budget. Some leftover dowel rod, AC Moore “practice” feathers, wifey’s sewing thread and an old worm hook. It doesn’t get simpler (or cheaper) than this! In case you are wondering, the paint I used on the popper head was all done with paint markers. The paint markers made painting easy and gave me extra control while working with this small piece.
So what do you think? Being a complete beginner, I’m open to any criticism (or praise) you may have. The design is really far out so hopefully the comments will be interesting.
Drop me a line in the comments below and let me know what you think.