Anthony Hipps’s Soft-Bodied Popper
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Anthony Hipps’s Soft-Bodied Popper

Hook: Kink-shank popper hooks such as the Mustad 33903, or Mustad Signature Series CK52S or CK74SS, sizes 6 to 2.
Thread: White 6/0 (140 denier) or clear fine monofilament tying thread.
Body: White, 2-millimeter-thick closed-cell foam and superglue. You may switch to adhesive-back foam to fashion the outer skin of the fly.
Paint: Three-dimensional fabric paint in your choice of colors. Eyes: Fabric paint or adhesive eyes.
Varnish: Water-based polyurethane or acrylic varnish. For best results, mix four parts varnish with one part water.
Tail: Your choice of craft fur, round rubber hackle, neck feathers, and saddle hackle.

 
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