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These are an inexpensive alternitive to buying poppers!!!!!!! Requires a little preparation in materials but are easy to do!!!!! First of a all you need flip flops this time of the year they are on close out, and for about a dollar a piece at dept. stores or a store by the same name!!!! Next stop a hardware store for an assortment of 1/4" , 3/8" and 1/2" X 6" nipples black steel works just fine, and of course a hammer!!!!!

 Using the nipples and hammer punch out the bodies from the flipflops!!!! DO NOT, I REPEAT DO NOT DO THIS STEP AT THE KITCHEN TABLE!!!!!! Trust me on this!!!!! After you have bodies punch out hook preparation. I use size 4 aberdeen crappie hooks with a 3/8" body. Hook in the vice and put a layer of thread along the hook shank and coat the threads with super glue!!!!!! allow to dry.

Using your bodkin needle push it thru the body on the bottom 1/3rd of the body!!

Add super glue to the threads and insert body on the hook point and slide into position!!!!!! Allow to dry!!!!

From here trim body to the shape you want or leave it as is!!!!!

To add rubber legs I use a needle and a fine piece of copper wire theaded thru the eye of the needle with a loop on the end of the wire. Push needle thru the body and thread rubber legs thru the loop in wire!!! Pull thru the body to trim to length later!!!!!

Reattach your thread and tie in the tail, this was with maribou. Body, tie in your hackle and palmer forward!!!! Tie off it is ready to fish!!!!!! The body can be painted if you would like but flipflops come in all colors!!!!!! Body and tails are whatever you prefer!!!!! You are only limited to your IMAGINATION!!!!!Inexpensive and easy to tie and fun to fish!!!!!!

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Rick, Try putting them on a SINKING LINE!!!!!! Be kind of like a fly rod crank bait!!!!!! They do work well!!!!   They are not as PURDY as some of the poppers on the site, but it is not as painful if you lose them!!!!!!!!

Thanks Mike;

 

Good idea.. use to use some lead wire a while back.

This is fantastic! Let me see if I can find missing flip flops among the garage's savalged unpaired items pile.

 As an alternative to pipes General makes hole punches I bought a set 5/16, 3/8 & 1/2 from a local Ace Hardware for $16.00. I originaly bought the punches for making gaskets ( I restore antique outboard motors ) but they work Excellent for punchin out Flopper Bodies!

GOOD IDEA, LEE!!!!!! 

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