Do you love big bluegill?
Here is another option for you Jeff. Not pretty but effective, and if you lose them to a tree or fish a flipflop will make a lot of poppers!!!!!!
You can buy popper kits from bass pro and assemble them real easily. You can change the size of the hook that goes into the slotted popper body. All you need is some 30 minute epoxy and some rubber legs. A coat of chartruese spray paint and a coat of epoxy and your ready to go. Its very rewarding to catch fish on homemade poppers. When I fish for gills I use a very thin wire Gamakatsu size 10 hook. My experience has been that many times a bluegill will open its mouth wide enough to try and swallow a popper which makes it really difficult to remove from its mouth.
Wal-Mart has a 6-pack of Bett's Poppers for $10.96, which is the best deal I have found.
Breambugs, linked elsewhere, has a wide and varied selection and I have purchased from them before. A couple of poppers from my long lost youth, Round Dinny's and Miss Prissy's, were available there.
The flip flop poppers may be the way to go. I am going to check into that.
I share your love of catching BG's with a flyrod and especially with a popping bug.
There is a site called streamflies.com that bears a look see, as it has some foam poppers and chernobyl ants, along with many other flies. All flies are 50 cents each with free shipping and no minimum order.
I've ordered from Philip and he is a good guy. He currently has over 24,000 flies instock.
Jeff, Breambug.com has several makes of quality top water Bream poppers. I have purchased several of the Boogle bugs, Pecks poppers, Dinnys and Miss prissys are all well built top water bugs.
But you will pay a little more for the better quality bugs around $2.50 each..good luck
I have placed several orders with www.breambugs.com and have been well satisfied. They have a variety of brands as well as small shop independents. Prices are fair and the shipping cost is the best is the business. You don't pay more shipping than the cost of the product as is a common bad practice by some mailorder shippers.
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