Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

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!!!!!!

Views: 813

Replies to This Discussion

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!!!!!! 

RSS

Latest Activity

Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Trying to recover from the rains of Tropical Storm Beta...turned over the marsh and gave us mild hypoxia across the region."
53 minutes ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Another Pretty Cracker Off The Cypress.......

"We caught mostly crackers on that day!"
55 minutes ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
55 minutes ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
56 minutes ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's group Friends of the Fliers
"Thanks for sharing Tim.....that's a great Flier.....I'm looking forward to some colder…"
57 minutes ago
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24" Pickerel

"Greg and I are going to Fish Tuesday hopefully I'll bring home some Fish to make a chowder…"
yesterday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24" Pickerel

"Thanks Guys! Been catching the Pannies in the shallows by my house .The lake down the street has…"
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

24" Pickerel

"Nice Pickerel John."
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
yesterday
dick tabbert commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

A Few Decent Yellow Perch....9/6/2020

"Great looking coontails Jeffrey"
yesterday
Tim Cotton commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's group Friends of the Fliers
"Caught some good ones this week.  "
Wednesday
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Sally dumped four to six inches on the region and left a strong Northeast wind....won't be able to wet a line until late next week"
Sep 19
John Sheehan posted a status
"72 /73 WT's now"
Sep 16
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

A Few Decent Yellow Perch....9/6/2020

"I hear you,the 12"- 14" Perch hit surprisingly Big Baits!"
Sep 13
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

A Few Decent Yellow Perch....9/6/2020

"Our local populations are growing......been catching alot of smaller perch also the last couple…"
Sep 12
Jeffrey D. Abney posted photos
Sep 12
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a status
"Really wet pattern in the mid Atlantic this week.....caught a few panfish and a largemouth this morning on shallow cover..live crickets"
Sep 12
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

A Few Decent Yellow Perch....9/6/2020

"I hear you Jeff my best Perch are Fall and Winter fish but the Spring I catch numbers if I fish the…"
Sep 12
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

IMG_1430

"Nice fish, Greg got into the action too!"
Sep 12

© 2020   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service