How To Make Your Own Wine-Cork Popping Bugs for Bass Fishing

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I’ve been creating wine-stopper popping bugs for a considerable length of time. They are anything but difficult to make, financially savvy (unless you include the cost of a container of wine), and a complete executioner approach to filling a can with bass and panfish. Here’s the manner by which to tie one—or twelve—yourself.



  • 1 wine cork
  • 1 razor blade (or x-acto knife)
  • 1 emery board
  • 1 darning needle
  • 1 tube of 5-minute epoxy
  • 1 package of silicon fly-tying legs (aka “sili legs”)
  • 1 package of holographic or stick-on eyes
  • fly-tying thread
  • hooks

Step 1

Plug bug examples resemble nourishment formulas: You have to include a touch of individual style with a specific end goal to call it your own. Be that as it may, here’s the essential recipe. Cut a ¼-to ½-inch plate from the plug’s top and cut into three pieces. Change stopper body sizes and snares to address your issues—greater for bass, littler for panfish. After generally cutting each bit of stopper, shape and smooth each plug body with an emery board. It ought to resemble an insect.

Step 2

Make an opening along the popper base sufficiently profound so that the snare shank will slide in safely. Wrapping string on your snare can situate it better in the stopper. Apply epoxy to the strung snare shank and tenderly embed it with the goal that it is straight. I utilize No. 10 somewhat bumped shank snares. Devoted popping-bug snares in size 12 additionally work. You can go greater, obviously, contingent upon your flyfishing capacities.

Step 3

String two silly legs with a half-circle through a darning needle eye. Push the needle through the plug body, simply over the snare shank. Clip the circled end to make an equivalent number of legs on each side. Trim as you see fit. Silicone legs are basic to the carriage look. They add translucency and activity to the popper. A basic squirm off the pole tip or delicate drift of a breeze will bestow angle drawing in development to your bug.

Step 4

Coat the whole body with a thin layer of epoxy. While the paste is still wet, tenderly place each eye on the popper. Let dry. You can paint the body to look like a frog or scarab before or after the epoxy coat.

Consider fabricating more intricate examples by including marabou plumes, rubber treated frog legs, shaded froth body material, or split shot to your popper creation. Weights can help if fish are holding in more profound water.

Step 5

Wine-stopper poppers ought to look like regular fish sustenance when finished: eyes, legs, body. Placed it in a bowl of water to test your example and evaluate its move before making it out for a test drive. Does it skim? Does it look froggy or surrey enough? Great. Presently get out there and find something. Bass and bluegills are the essential target species for wine-stopper poppers, however, crappies, roost, pike, and even redfish will hit them.


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