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Old 09-24-2002, 06:47 PM
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Here is a classic old Bob Poplovic fly...to be fished high in the water column...no flash... tyed with high quality white hackle and jungle cock feather and eye... Well before the Kenny Abrams era.
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Old 09-24-2002, 09:00 PM
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John,

the name is POPOVICS.
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Old 09-24-2002, 09:42 PM
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Oh whatever... A typo...I have it correct in other posts...
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Old 09-25-2002, 04:38 AM
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I am really impressed with Jungle Cock and now use it for most of my flies. I've not tried it with epoxy yet - hhhhmm.

In the water its not the white that you ntice but the contrasting black. The effect looks like huge black pupils. Fish seem to like it too - and of course it adds a touch of class.
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Old 09-25-2002, 08:19 AM
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That's a nice looking fly, and it's different from the Semper Fli in Pop Fleyes. To compare, the pattern in the book has a tail of 6 to 8 saddle hackles tied "in the round", and the head is a pair of webby hackles wound forward Seaducer style.

Come to think of it, I think he's now calling this the Semper Fleye, so maybe the newer name indicates that this is a more recent tweaking of the pattern. Either way, using this pattern in black and at night can't be a bad thing.
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Old 09-25-2002, 08:46 AM
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Mark..yes... I took mine from Lefty's book on fly patterns which was an older edition...I like the look of it and reminds me of some freshwater streamers, plus I don't have too many pure surface flys...mostly plug and dear hair poppers.
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Old 09-26-2002, 03:22 PM
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John,

sorry for the "shouting" on Bobby P's name, but I just couldn't take it any more...(at least you've been consistent about the typo!)

Anyway, I'm curious that you're referring to this as a topwater fly. From the recipe you listed, I'm trying to figure out what is making it "topwater"? Looks like it's neutral at best or a slow sinker (just from the weight of the hook & materials).



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Old 09-26-2002, 04:25 PM
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No problem.... Jared..I have not fished it yet and if it swimms like a streamer, you are right ,it will probably sink slow...But.... in fast currents I suspect it will be more a surface fly or a high drift... I can't see it being fished down...I suppose if I drop it in still waters it will go down but those are not the conditions usually.... I mean, I have had clousers bouncing off the top of the water and that's without the line straightning out. I might take a ride up to the North shore early sunday morning or in the eve saturday .
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