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Sam's L-Eye-Bee
Created by Craig E. "Sam" Blevins
By Warren Patterson

Upon the request of some of the members on FAOL, I have been asked to submit Sam's bass popper and the following is a short history of the popper as quoted from Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Summer 2002:

"The L-Eye-Bee was first tied back in 1988 as a bream or bluegill and sunfish fly. When I tested it at Lake Guntersville, a TVA Lake on the Tennessee River in Alabama, I made ten casts and caught ten largemouth bass. I said, "Well, I'll be a sun-of-a-gun!" Hence the name L-Eye-Bee."

Materials List, Sam's L-Eye-Bee"

    Hook: Mustad 9674, size 8, Straight-Eye Streamer.

    Thread: Danville's 6/0 Fly Master, Black.

    Tail: 6 strands Rainbow/Pearl Krystal Flash; marabou, fluorescent fire orange, fluorescent chartreuse, and brown.

    Head: Live Body, yellow 3/8" diameter, with black " diameter (sliced thin), with plastic movable doll eyes (5mm) all glued together with cyanoacrylate adhesive (warning: use extreme caution when handling this adhesive, it is an eye irritant and will bond skin instantly.)

    Thorax: Red rooster saddle hackle, palmered.

The above is the material that Sam used. As with all fly tying, I feel you can substitute if you do not have what the pattern calls for, and in this case I did not have all that he recommended and for that I apologize. I did not have the foam in 3/8" but I did have it in 1/2" which I used for this demonstration. I increased the hook size to a #6 since my foam was larger. I did not have the doll eyes he recommended so I used white fabric paint with a dot of black fabric paint for the eyes.

Step 1

    1. Pre-assemble head: cut 3/8" diameter yellow foam into a cylinder approximately 3/8" wide (I only had 1/2" foam for this); cut 1/4" diameter black foam into cylinders approximately 1/16" thick; glue doll eyes to black cylinders (I used white and black fabric paint); let dry and then glue black 1/4" cylinders with eyes to sides of yellow 3/8" cylinders. Let dry. When heads are assembled and dry, cut a slot 3/4 of the way through the yellow cylinder to allow for placement on the hook.

    Step 2

    2. Do a thread base with your tying thread and attach 3-4 strands of Pearl Krystal Flash at tail tie-in point above barb of hook. Length of Krystal Flash about 3/4" behind bend of hook.

    Step 3

    3. Tie in orange, chartreuse and brown marabou separately with approximately ten turns of thread. Place orange marabou below hook shank, chartreuse and brown above hook shank.

    Step 4

    4. Wrap thread tightly toward hook eye to secure all butt ends of marabou and build a smooth transition ramp toward hook eye. Tie off and whip finish.

    Step 5

    5. Attach head to hook just behind eye, glue, clamp and let dry.

    Step 5

    6. Attach thread behind head and tie in red rooster saddle hackle. Palmer hackle and tie off. Whip finish behind head. Trim off head below hook shank to maximize hooking ability.

Sam forgive me for the poor instructions on your great popper, but, this was for you also my friend.

Enjoy. ~ Warren

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