Last season inspired by the success of an injured baitfish popper created by my friend John, I set out to create own. While his fly used a traditional popper head reversed to impart a sliding action hidden with EP ultra brush. Mine is much simpler and uses a folded foam head. I've added a rattle within flexcord for added obnoxiousness. The fly can be tied traditionally with the eyes at 3 and 9 o'clock or tied like this one, injured baitfish style, with eyes at the 12 and 6.
I only was able to fish this fish once last year and it was toward the end of a bad season. Managed only one rise that whole day but it was with this fly. This season I wanted to see if this fly had any merit. I can say I only stopped using this fly when I wanted to test another. It works. Tying instructions forthcoming.