All of this cold weather has me thinking of summer and, nothing is more fun than catching bass on a popper. The felling when a smallmouth launches out of the water and smashes a popper is one that you don’t forget. It will make you want to fish poppers for the rest of the summer.
During the Iron Fly event in Springfield I was given a sample pack of Zudbubbler popper bodies to try out. They are an easy to use foam body that slides over the hook. I tied these on a Gamakatsu B10S hook. Start by tying in saddle hackle or marabou as a tail. Add in some legs. Then palmer a hackle feather to cover your tie in area. Super Glue over a thread base will hold the body in place. Then the most difficult part of using them is getting the legs through (without the tool they sell). I used a bodkin to make a hole and pulled the legs through with a piece of wire. Add a couple of eyes if you see fit and get out a Sharpie for some highlights.
While I haven’t had a chance to fish these yet I’m sure they will produce some nice bass this coming summer. Keep an eye out when the ice goes away and the temps start to rise.