An excellent combination, indeed.
Last weekend was my first time fishing top water for pike and what a blast!

A few completed poppers hang next to others waiting for Brendan's finishing touch...

A few completed poppers hang next to others waiting for Brendan’s finishing touch…

We all had success on various pike streamers during the morning – but when we noticed some aggressive takes near the surface we decided we had to try out some of Brendans hand painted/airbrushed poppers. We were anxious to see how his poppers would work and needless to say, we were not disappointed. Seeing those pike torpedo out of the water after those poppers was way too much fun.

Another close up of the great coloring on these fish...

A close up of the great coloring on these fish…

Brendan prides himself in the paint work he does on his poppers, he has insane patience when it comes to painting them. If they aren’t good enough for him, he will toss them aside and try again. The ones that are featured in this post are foam poppers, Brendan paints/airbrushes them by hand and then epoxy’s them. Later this month we will do a post about his hand carved and painted balsa poppers – they really are works of art. I may love to paint with acrylics or draw on the computer but I am not sure I would ever have the patience or the attention to detail that comes with airbrushing and painting little pieces of foam/balsa.

See below for some images of Brendan’s foam poppers and some more photos from another day spent pike fishing here in Alberta.

Brendan watching for pike cruisers below on a stormy morning...

Brendan watching for pike cruisers below – on a stormy morning…

Brendan hoisting his top water success...

Brendan hoisting his top water success…

For more great poppers and other awesome ties check out Brendan’s Instagram page by searching the username: @nickdolte

Strong winds brought an end to our day on the water. Can't wait to do it again...

Strong winds brought an end to our great day on the water. Can’t wait to do it again…

Advertisements