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: Dollie/Bull on a popper

Leland Miyawaki
06-09-2003, 05:07 PM
Yesterday on a north Sound beach I landed a 6lb+ dollie/bull on a popper. For those of you who have seen the popper in our archives, I have changed hooks to Gamakatsu #6 Octopus. . . ouch, these puppies are sharp and you can't straighten the materials with your fingers without impaling your thumb on the offset hook.

I have been finding slashing and crashing fish in the past few weeks. The popper elicits some truly viscious strikes in moving tides off the beach that is running with as much velocity as many rivers. I have been wading up to my waist with my toes digging into my shoes trying to maintain my footing and casting my 6wt floater as far as possible and stripping as fast as possible. So far, I have only popped one off on the strike.

Photos were taken and I am adding them to my popper slide presentation. If I get a good scan I will post it here. In the meantime, dollies in the salt on the weekends and steelhead (fishing, that is) in the mornings.


06-09-2003, 05:31 PM

I will be heading up to guide at Langara on the 28th. While I don't get much time to fish on my own -, I am going to take that little popper you gave me in Seattle and get out and pound the kelp with it! At the very least I will let some of the guys try it out - so don't be surprised if Langara Fishing Lodge tries to place an order with you :D

06-09-2003, 05:36 PM
I must admit on my last trip to Sekiu with Doublespey throwing a Beach popper into the kelp, I was a little skeptical. I am a big rip hooknose type of guy, but what I saw with the popper in noontime sun on a slack high tide after everyone had gone to port for a burger and beer was nothing short of AMAZING.

There is a dark side in the ocean salmonid that just can't help but crush a popper! I see it in stripers and bluefish on the atlantic but chrome bright salmon and trout in the emerald waters of Washington state?? You betcha'! I stand thoroughly convinced.

And birds like it too! I'll let Brian explain that one.

Leland Miyawaki
06-09-2003, 05:41 PM

Let me tie a couple with the new Gamakatsu hook for you. I believe it took the strike to hook ratio up 50%

Send me an address when you can.

I want to hear a Langara report.


06-17-2003, 05:09 AM
Can you help me out and tell me where it is that you get the popper heads?

Name/ manufacturer and supplier would be greatly appreciated.

thanks and best regards....Jake

Leland Miyawaki
06-17-2003, 07:17 AM
They are called:

Dink Component #6, White,

and are from:

Edgewater Fishing Products
35 North 1000 West
Clearfield, Utah 84015

They also come in #2 and 4 and in chartreuse and yellow colors.


06-17-2003, 09:42 AM
Thanks Leland.....I appreciate it very much

06-20-2003, 03:59 PM
I just wanted to reprot that I had a very interesting Popper experience in Cabo last week. I had been fishing the rocks to the north of Cabo del Sol for a couple of morning, hooking some small sea bass, when I decide a changee was in order. The next day, I headed to the rocks to the south, and was rewarded with the sight of a few small Sierra cahising bait up onto the sand.

After a few baitfish patterns were completely ignored, I decided to switch to a surface pattern. A commercially tied salt water popper generated zero interest and with the rising , I had to figure out something fast.

So- I picked out the only beach popper that I had manage to tie up (poorly tied I might add) and gave it a whirl. Well- though I didn't hook-up on any of the fish, I did manage to get 3 fish to come out of the water after it! Needless to say- I will be trying to improve my tying skills so that I have a good supply of these for my annual trip down there.

Thanks for such a great fly!

Leland Miyawaki
06-20-2003, 04:26 PM


Did the fish actually hit the fly? If they did and didn't stick, it's those damn Mustad 3407's! Next time you tie your popper, jam a doubled over piece of 25lb Maxima along the shank through a Gamakatsu #4 Octopus eye. Pull it tight to form a loop to loop connection with the hook eye.

If you are using the Dink Components, re-use the poppers. They're getting rare!


06-20-2003, 04:35 PM

Yes- they hit the fly but were of immediately, so I will be changing to the Gam octopus hooks for the next go around. Sure did get my heart pumping each time though! Catching Sierra off the beach is quite a rush for me ( I managed 2 last year in the same area on baitfish patterns) and the ceviche was excellent!