SBS Pike streamer Ahrex PR378 GB Swimbait Hook,
Ahrex PR378 GB Swimbait Hook 4/0
Sybai Angel Hair
Ripple ice Fiber
10 mm Eye & Tool
It's a great thrill, catching pikes on surface lures and especialy with a flyrod! Spring is coming and that means popper season for pikes!
We have been selling the handmade and airbrushed poppers for quite some time now, and also the airbrushed popper heads.
We had many questions how we make these poppers on a shank, and we hope with this blog you see how we do it :-)
First thing we have to do, is give the popper some eyes sockets. With this tool (or any other) we cut out the outline for a 12 mm eye, and take it out with a sharp hobby knife. (be careful)
Next step is to give the popper some color. We use an airbrush for this, but any spray can or copic pen will do the trick. Just keep a good distance while spraying to get a smooth overal effect.
This is the effect we are looking for.
After we sprayed the heads with the basic colors its time to add "dots" or stripes...any decoration will do.
Next we finish the "head" with a transparent layer of protection, as show on the photo.
Then after we've given the popper head the protection finish, we can glue the eyes on and we have a "ready to tie" popper head.
We use a 50 mm bigstreamer shank and a little piece of fluo tube, to keep the hook in a good solid position behind the popper head.
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Fish-Skull Faux Bucktail fibers have the same basic diameter, gentle crinkle, and taper as natural bucktail. In appearance, it looks almost identical and has the same distinctive bucktail fly or lure action in the water. However, the fibers are not hollow (which helps your fly sink faster) and will not “flare” in the same way as regular bucktail while tying. This means you will need to tie with slightly different techniques to achieve the same effect.
Every Faux Bucktail fiber is premium 6” (152 mm) length, giving you more than twice the amount of usable fibers per tail and eliminating the headache of sorting and searching for ideal strands. Simply peel off the full length of your desired amount of fibers, trim to length, and tie them in.
The fibers can be used in a wide range of fly or lure types.
Note: Faux Bucktail cuts easily, but like most other synthetic materials can be hard on your nice scissors. Use serrated heavy duty scissors designed for synthetics (or an old pair you don’t mind abusing).