Juro is right on with his advice about fishing with floating poppers or deer hair bass bugs until you are able to cast them consistently 50' or so.
As for hand-tied bass and panfish flies, Gates Poppers are among the old (meaning going back 70+ years) floating lures for both species. They are not expensive and are readily available from Bass Pro Shops, Cabella's, etc. and fly shops. There ought to be a fly shop fairly close to where you live and that is my first recommendation as to where to go and get the flies of poppers because the folks in the fly shop have a lot of knowledge on fly fishing and would be more than happy to get you moving in the right direction.