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Howitzer Popper Heads from Flymen Fishing Co.

I’ve been tying poppers with Flymen Fishing Co .¬†Surface Seaducer foam popper heads for a while and really enjoyed the results so far. The newest product from the line is a baitfish inspired head designed for bigger articulated minnow patterns.

“The Howitzer is a next-generation soft foam popper head that provides new options for tying articulated baitfish poppers. The Howitzer imitates the head of a small baitfish that is splashing and sipping at the surface of the water. It’s designed with a deep recess at the back of the head so that an articulated body and tail of a minnow can be embedded seamlessly into the back of the head. As a result, the body of the minnow hangs down in the water (roughly at a 45-degree angle) and moves enticingly in a position that can be seen by predatory fish from a long distance and offers them an irresistible profile and an easy opportunity for a meal!”

Surface Seducer Howitzer
Surface Seducer Howitzer

Here is a simple articulated Howitzer Bustin’ Baitfish pattern from Flymen below which gives you a nice look at how the heads fit onto the hook and how they work with body wrapped materials.

If you would like to try it out for yourself or would like some more information, visit the product page on the Flymen Fishing Co. website.


Survival Flies No Hooks No Rods Required

Something a little different for you. If you find yourself out in the wilderness and need to fashion a hook to tie a fly on… And they catch fish too. Impressive.

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Foxy Shrimp tied by Nick Davis of 239 Flies

When Nick ran into oldtimer Marsh Demott and was told about this fishcatcher, he paid attention. He took the original pattern and made a couple minor adjustments. The Foxy Shrimp, as the name implies is a fox hair based shrimp. The pattern takes advantage of both a section of dubbing loop and a wire brush. The video also gives you a good overview of some of the newer Loon tying tools. The bright yellow should stand out on a messy desk and allow you to quickly find your tools. Hope to see the Loon Nit Picker added to the line-up soon.

If you want a kit with everything you need to tie this pattern, you can find it here on Nick’s site.

Foxy Shrimp Fly Pattern recipe

Hook: Daiichi 2546 #2
Thread: 210 FWN (Yellow)
Tail: Natural bucktail
Flash: Gold crystal flash
Eyes: Crustacean Eyes
Body: Arctic fox and EP 1.5″ Foxy Brush
Weed Guard: 40lb mono


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