Tequila Popper Recipe
Hook - Gamakatsu JIG 60 FE LW - 3/0Thread:
Thread - Veevus GSPTail:
Feather - Hackle feather - Chartreuse - MediumAbdomen:
Flex Hackle - Flex Hackle - Olive and black - 1 1/4”Head:
Surface Seducer Popper Head - Double Barrel Popper Head - Chartreuse - LargeLegs:
Rubber legs - Round Rubber silly legs - Yellow - LargeEyes:
EYES - Surface seducer eyes - 4.0
Recipe ByJay VerHelst
About the Tequila Popper
Pop, Pop, Smash! The name of this fly may remind you of a fun night and a rough morning, but after you see it get hammered top water by a bass, its going to always remind you of the grip and grins you get fishing it. Nothing better than a top water eat and this fly makes a lot of noise and gets even more attention. The secret is the down angle hook that keeps it from doing the not so fun “ Popper skip” off the waters surface. I use this with a intermediate sink line and it makes a big splash and dive action with the Howitzer head
How to tie the Tequila Popper
Step 1: Hook Set up
Insert hook into vice and start your thread working back towards hook bend ending just above the hook point.
Step 2: Feather tail
Select a matching pair of feathers and tie in the first Feather on far side of hook shank about the length of the hook
Step 3: Second feather
Tie in second feather on the near side of hook and trim off access.
Step 4: Body
Tie in Black flex hackle so points point back to the bend of the hook
Step 5: Move thread
Advance thread forward about an 1/8-1/4”
Step 6: Palmer
Palmer forward with consecutive wraps to where you stopped your thread, tie in and trim flex hackle excess
Step 7: Body
Tie in Olive Flex hackle and advance thread the same as with the black flex hackle
Step 8: Palmer
Once again palmer forward in consecutive wraps and tie in and trim off excess
Step 9: Wrap thread
Wrap thread forward to hook down angle. Tie off with whip finish or half hitches and cut off tag end
Step 10: Popper head
The double barrel popper heads need to have a hole made through the center lower section with a needle. This is important for that down eye hook to get through. TIP: Use a bigger sized sewing needle to make this hole. It makes it way easier to attach later on.
Step 11: Glue
Run a small bead of super glue to thread wraps from flex hackle to the end of your thread wraps. This will glue the foam in place and keep it from moving
Step 12: Head
Slide the hook eye through the hole you made in the head. Make sure its straight and push it back over the last wrap of the flex hackle. The entire 60 degree down angle should be visible and allow a few minutes for the glue to dry.
Step 13: Arms
Using your sewing needle again pierce the popper head behind the eyes hole mid way to the back of the popper head
Step 14: Legs
Taking a strip of large silly legs select a couple strands and cut them in half. Insert one end partially through the eye of your needle and pull through.
Step 15: Trim legs
Adjust legs and trim to desired length
Step 16: Eyes
Select the color eyes you want and glue them in place. Let dry and cast to hungry bass!