Tier: Steve Phillips
Mustad #33903 Kink Shanked.
Body: Hand shaped balsa painted with acrylic paint with several coats of clear acrylic spray.
Tails: Marabou feathers.
Hackle: Yellow grizzly.
Note: Vary the recipe to suite your taste.
These poppers are made on Mustad #33903 hooks.
Step 1: Select a piece of square balsa that is hook gap size and cut it into lengths from eye to just past the hook point. Slot it lengthwise for the hook with an x-acto saw.
Step 2: Wrap a hook with thread to hook bend and back (neatness doesn't count here) and coat it with a super glue gel. Apply glue to the slot in the body and mount the body on the hook. Be careful to maintain a good hook gap. If the glue doesn't completely fill the slot in the bug body and the body, and hook shank seem secure, force a little plastic wood into the slot. It takes paint better than glue. I make several up to this point.
3: Sand with emery boards after the glue is dry. You could also carve them to a rough shape first, and then
sand, but I don't think it's any quicker.
4: After sanding into shape I apply a coat of paint, then spray with clear acrylic, then another coat of paint,
and glue the eyes on. This is also when I add any contrasting colors of paint or
marksalot. After that, just add coats
of clear acrylic spray until they are glossy enough to suit you.