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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Popovics style striper fly

This one is very different than my normal ties, but thanks to the quarantine I'll be home in the northeast for the striper run for the first time in a while. Bob Popovics is a legend around these parts, and his flies work incredibly well for stripers. Can't wait to test this one out, I might even use the 2 hander to cast it
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 07:43 PM
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I will most likely find myself in the same boat. Surf fishing off the Jersey shore I have done before for stripers and it is great fun. Love to read a step-by-step of tying that fly. It sure is a beauty. Looks complicated
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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It really is a blast. There isn't too much like catching a nice cow striper off the jetty. As far as the fly goes, it's much less complicated than it looks. This one is tied on shanks, Bob ties his mostly on stiff mono. Standard recipe as follows:

Shank: whatever you like, this fly is 2 35mm OPST steelhead shanks I had laying around.
Hook: Preferred platform is a Gamakatsu SL12, this is an SL11S 3/0.
Thread: I used Veevus 140 Powerthread
Bucktail: Any color scheme you fancy, I like white and chartreuse, and white and seafoam green to match the mullet run.

Feel free to add in any flash you see fit, or any other material for the head you like to do for predator flies.

Step 1: Tie in a clump of bucktail (use the longest and more wispy hairs)with 2 or 3 loose wraps on a shank for the tail the normal way. Use your thumbnail to spread the bucktail around the shank evenly. Tighten down the bucktail, pinching to prevent too much flaring.

Step 2: In evenly spaced intervals, reverse tie bucktail along the shank by repeating above process with tips facing the eye of the shank, then pull the tips up and back towards the tail and build a thread dam in front. Repeat until at the eye, than attach shank to the next one and continue reverse tying bucktail at even intervals along it. Remember to measure the tips of the bucktail to line up slightly shorter than the previous one to achieve a taper. Continue for as many shanks as you would like.

Step 3: Attach shank(s) to the hook, and tie in 2-3 more stations of bucktail. Once at the head, to create a Bulkhead like on this fly, get a larger than normal clump of bucktail, reverse tie as normal, but when you tighten the thread make sure you flare the bucktail ends. Then whip finish and voila! A Beast Fleye is born

Hope that helps, there are quite a few tutorials on YouTube. Gunnar Brammer has some and I believe Mr. Popovics himself does as well.

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 08:33 PM
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great fly , nice tie . i'll try that one for sure .
thanks , jim
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Those flies are incredibly effective for any species that targets baitfish. Iíve taken many nice browns on them.
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That’s an awesome looking fly in a style that’s new to me....I may have to attempt to copy this for some of the big bulls we get in AB and B.C... thanks for sharing.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-17-2020, 11:59 AM
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I recall seeing Bob P tie this style with heavy mono, its a fun looking tie, although it does seem to take a while to make one.

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