Well, I made a couple more attempts at spinning some deer hair poppers but was not very happy with the results. Try as I might, the hair just did not pack as tightly as I would like, although the second one came out much better than the first and is almost as tightly packed as the store-bought model that I'm trying to copy. One of the problems I'm having is getting enough hair tied in at the eye so that the hair is packed at the front of the fly. I tried spreading some head cement on the face of the second popper to harden it up a bit and that seemed to help. Another problem I had was trying to pack and trim the hair without messing up the tail materials. Any more tips from the experts?
I'm going to keep trying and hope that they continue to improve. If my fingers hold out, maybe I can spin up 7 poppers that will be worthy of submitting for the freshwater swap