Re: What type of glue/paint to use for poppers??

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Posted by Charlie Bisharat on 2013-05-17 11:10:53 in reply to What type of glue/paint to use for poppers?? posted by J.D. on 2013-05-17 10:13:10


Glad to see the development of another top water fisherman. It is a fun way to fish and can sometimes produce fewer, but quite often much larger fish. Good for you.

I have found that if you first cover the hook shank with two or three layers of tightly secured tying thread and use a CA glue as you place the thread on the shank. Gluing the foam popper head to the shank with the same CA glue is pretty bullet proof.

I always use the low viscosity CA glue for both of these processes as it allows you time to move the glue around with a bodkin as you place your thread. I use the same low viscosity glue for gluing the popper head on, as it is not as "instant" as the higher viscosity glue. Yes you have to hold it in place longer but is does afford you a touch more, and often, much needed "adjustment time".

I ALWAYS cut the bottom of the foam head as the means by which I attach the head to the shank. I never use the centerline hole that is often provided on factory foam heads as my place of attachment. It encroaches on the gap of the hook way too much for my liking. Using the center hole can work superbly if you are tying on an articulated shank/wire with a trailer hook.

Another way of securing the foam popper to the hook shank is to do your thread wraps as I described above and once that has been done, coat the thread wrapped shank with a thing layer of epoxy, then sprinkle some semi course sand all around the shank and put it on a rotating wheel to dry. Once it is dry, rub the loose sand off and secure the foam head with Ca glue as described above.

As for a finish for top water flies.I have always used fingernail polish for my personal top water flies. It is likely not the best way to do it but there are 40,11000 different colors readily available and many of them have the most realistic fishlike pearlescent colors for the belly and sides of the fly. The one that gets scene the most. Also touching up a munched up bug is easy and painless.

Hope that help and have fun out there.

Cheers Chas

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