DPP – Deep Perch Popper

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When it’s getting colder, I like to fish for perch with popper-sytyle flies. I don’t fish them the normal way on the surface as a topwater fly. I use a super fast sinking line and attach just a short piece of mono or fc with a length between 100-50 cm to the front loop as a leader/tippet. The popper will float above the sinking line. The height it floats depends on the length of the tippet and on the current. The current will push the popper down.

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You should cast the line out and give it time to sink to the bottom. When you strip the line in, the popper swims towards the bottom. If you do a pause, the popper will rise towards the surface again. How often you strip and pause depends on the water you fish and the situation.

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Below is a very simple scheme of retrieving the popper.zig-zag

A very good fly even in murky water, because it makes a lot of shock waves. It also works great, when you have an uneven bottom and the risk to loose a normal streamer is very high.

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Finn Raccoon Pike Streamer SBS

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Finn Raccoon is an awesome material for big pike flies. The long, soft hair moves really well in the water. It’s also very durable. If you don’t use too much of the leather it’s also not so difficult to cast, because the hair will not soak as much as water as rabbit fur for example does. You can cast it with your 8weight and a pike taper line with no problems.

The color combination ist just an example. To be totally honest, for this fly, I used the materials from another old fly with a damaged hook. Recycling the fly tiers way! πŸ˜‰

The hook is a good topic! I got some samples from the danish company AHREX hooks. They got my attention, because they brought some really nice hooks for streamer and especially for sea trout fishing on the market. Now, they also got a Predator line with big sized hooks for predators like pike. The hook I’ve used is really nice. A white gap, a not too heavy wire and a small fine barb. You can also get it as a barbless version. That’s a pretty cool thing!

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For this SBS, I tied the fly with a head of Senyos Laser Dub to give it more volume. It pushes a lot more water. On the other hand, it’s a bit harder to cast. There’s another way to tie it. Just some eyes with uv resin between them to secure everything like shown on the first picture with the black collar.

  • Hook: AHREX PR 350 Light Predator # 4/0
  • Flash: Krinkle Mirror Flash orange
  • Ribbing: Mono 0,50 mm
  • Main Body: Finn Racoon Zonker orange
  • Body: Kaktus Chenille and Polar Chenille twisted
  • Front Collar: Finn Racoon white
  • Head: Senyos Laser Dub white mixed with orange
  • Eyes: 3D Eyes orange
  • Thread: Veevus GSP 100 D white
  • Bug Bond UV Resin, if you don’t want to tie it with a big head

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Put a drop of super glue along the hook shank and do a spiral wrap back and forth, back and forth, back and…. to create a solid basement for the other materials.

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Tie in some mono for the ribbing. I’ve used 0,50 mm.

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As “tail flash”, tie in some krinkle mirror flash in different lengths.

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For the body, I’ve used one strand of orange cactus chenille and two strands of white polar chenille.

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Twist the strands like shown and wind it around the hook shank and catch it with your tying thread.

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Take the Finn Raccoon strip and tie it in at the front.

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With the mono, rib the fur strip from the back to the front with very high tension, so it won’t be destroyed by the pikes teeth.

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Put some white Finn Raccoon in a material clamp or like I prefer in the Vosseler Clip Tool. Cut off the leather strip.

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Make a thread loop and put some wax on it. Then put the Finn Raccoon hair into the loop.

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Twist the loop with your dubbing twister. Don’t do it too fast and clear the hair from tangling from time to time with your dubbing needle. Wind it around the hook shank and stroke the hair back after every single turn.

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Tie in some Senyos Laser Dub in the color of your liking. How you work with the Laser Dub is shown in several step by step tutorials in this blog. Just type “Senyos Laser Dub” in the search field.

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The finished Finn Raccoon Streamer for pike. Easy to tie, very durable and awesome in the water. I wish you a lot of fun tying and fishing it!

Aspinator with Marabou Tail

Normally, I use arctic fox hair for the tail of the Aspinator. I chanched the tail and tied Marabou in. The Marabou was mixed with a little bit of Hareline Ice Dub Minnow Back Shimmer Fringe (ufff! what a name!). Under the Marabou tail, I’ve tied in some short fluoro fibre to give the soft tail more support to hinder the tail wrapping around the hook.

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Translucent Shrimp

Materials:

  • Hook: Ahrex Nordic Salt Light Stinger #4
  • Weight: Lead Wire
  • Tail: Mallard, SLF Saltwater Dubbing, CDC
  • Antenna: Krystal Flash and Fluoro Firbe
  • Eyes: Mono Eyes (selfmade)
  • Body: SLF Saltwater Dubbing
  • Legs: CDC and Spey Hackle twisted in Dubbing Loop
  • Back: Spey Hackle Fibres
  • Head: Flashabou Mirage

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