Blue Blockheads for Smallmouth
In the previous post, I discussed trying our Carolina Blue Blockhead Poppers. I’m not sure why, but this early season the river smallmouth have been going nuts over these blue foam popper flies.
I thought you guys and gals should know about this.
Here’s the scenario. In the last 1 1/2 weeks, I’ve hit three different tributaries to the Mississippi River in Central MN. All the rivers are slightly different. Some are super rocky with a mild current, one is mainly shallow, clear and sandy, and the third had stained water from recent rains.
From the outset of these midday floats (we commonly put in around noon and float 4 – 5 hours), the smallies have been both blasting and sipping top water flies.
By far and away the best one we’ve used this late spring/early summer is the Flybass Blue Blockhead Popper, only available at FlyBass.com. We’ve switched out during the day with other proven patterns to test the efficacy of these blue ones and I just have to say, “They flat out prefer the blue”.
I know it sounds like a sales pitch, but I swear they are really effective!
Double Blind Crossover: I intentionally switched to White and Yellow poppers, Gorilla Chernobyl Ant (#4), Tan Mega Hopper Popper (Size #2), as well as White and Red Gurglers and even some Murdich-style streamers just to see if they’d hit anything. All the aforementioned are proven bass killers.
The short answer was: NO, they wouldn’t hit everything, especially with the gusto they were taking the blue blockheads.
Anyway, check them out. I just posted a new video on some tying techniques for foam poppers HERE.