quiet on the home front

Hey, sorry it’s been pretty quiet around here this week – lots going on and lots of poppers being put together! I’ve just been too busy tying and spinning and shipping poppers to get a post or two together. How about I buy your love and affection with a video? Or scare you away forever!? 🙂 Enjoy:



Headed to Australia!

The first ever Zazzy Pops will land Down Under in a about a week – but we thought we’d give you guys a look at ’em before they flew their way ’round the world, mate! I keep saying we’re not going to do more international orders, but they keep coming, so I guess we’ll keep doing ’em! 🙂 I’ve got about a dozen more poppers to complete for this order, but they’ll be done this week and then the whole batch is headed for the land of the Wallaby and the Dingo!

Saltwater hooks and Zazzy Paint Jobs – look out Aussie fish!

You’ll notice a couple of 3D Snakeskin poppers slipped in there. These two are the original, ORIGINAL prototypes done before a small prototype batch of freshwater 3D Snakeskins was created. I’m not sure if the fish will love ’em or be scared of ’em – but me and my mate Matthew L. from Australia are going to find out! Also in the world of Zazzy Pop today , I’m offering a set of poppers that I can’t seem to name. They remind me of jawbreakers – you know,… the candy. Or maybe they look like fruit or something? What do you guys think?

If you think Zazzy Poppers are a bit too zazzy for your bass, maybe these will do the trick!? Each one in this set has extra rubber legs and hackle feather tails in addition to the normal flash.

$35 for the set and we’ll pay the shipping on this first ever (whatever the name is going to be) set. LOL


Here’s a little video smashup from this weekend in North Georgia. We took a day trip to Black Rock Mountain State Park, and although the fishing was barely umm…bareable, it was a nice day to be at 3000 ft. in elevation! Temps in the flat lands were 88 and 80% humidity, but up on the mountain they were in the low 70’s! Of course, back down at the lake it got a little warmer, but still nothing like back at home. So a short video of our trip to the mountains this weekend: enjoy.

BizNez Spotlite

Holy Moley this week is rolling right along, isn’t it? Tonight I made 3D Snakeskin #8 and #9. In case you missed it just check out the previous post below or click here.

And now, for a business spotlight. I get alot of fly tying stuff from these guys, and if you follow the other blog (cough, owljones, cough) you know how much I love doing business with ’em. They are everything a fly tying supply house should be and then some.

Meet J. Stockard Fly Fishing:

They have a pretty nice “rewards” program, sales every month and their own in-house brand of tools and other gear. They also sell fly lines and leaders and stuff like that. Not a full-blown fly shop, but more of a fly tying and fly tying related stuff shop.

Propane and propane accessories, Bobby. Check ’em out next time you need fly tying supplies – you’ll be impressed with the prices and the customer service.

Collector’s Ultimate Series: 3D Snakeskin

I’m extremely excited to announce the first popper in a new Limited Edition Collector’s Series: The 3D Snakeskin Zazzy Pop!

Based on an early “world map ” Zazzy Pop design, these new, highly detailed poppers are vailable now for $15 each. The 3D Snakeskin models are tied to Zazzy Pop’s extreme durability standards and can actually be fished, but they’re intended to be “Collector’s Edition ” Poppers. They’d be great handed down to your kids when you tell ’em “…you remember when… ”

Only 50 of these “Snakeskin ” Poppers will ever be made. Each one will come with a Zazzy Pop Decal and a coupon that’s good anytime for a Buy 3 Get 1 Free deal.

The 3D Snakeskin Poppers each have at least 8 colors of ink and take about ten times as long to create as our regular Zazzy Pop poppers. Each popper will have 10 RUBBER LEGS and color coordinated hackle feathers in the tail – along with our always generous dose of Zazzy flash. They also get our standard X-tra Foam along the hook shank to ensure they’ll float all day should you choose to fish ’em.
You’ll get more flash and more wiggle than any other popper on the market! But they’d look awesome on your desk or on the mantle, too. I’m just sayin’….. 🙂

As always, they look better in person than they do in the photos. Please use the contact form on our website to order:

More photos coming soon!

My how the Mine flies…

So this week we’re going full steam ahead with alot of new orders and special projects coming out. One of these is an order for my new penpal buddy from Down Under. Matthew ordered a set of saltwater Thunder Pops in “fishy” colors that were 2 X 2. The Noah’s Ark Special we’re calling it and they’re just getting underway since I had to run out for some of the right size saltwater hooks for the Thunder Pops. ( Last time I bought hooks I picked up 2/0 hooks for whatever reason even though we only do the Thunder Pops in size 1. Or is it 1/0. Anyway, smaller…)

Two blue fishy, Two green fishy, two….I feel like reading some Dr. Seuss for some reason…

Also going out this week are some flies that might just make winning that $500 Custom Misfit fly rod a little easier! My buddy Gary over in Alabama is doing some night fishing for striped bass and wanted some black poppers for ’em. We think these should just about do them in!

Deadly Night Stalker. OK, I need a better name for ’em….

And finally in other newzes, due to an uptick in orders this last week, turn around time is running about 7-10 days on non-custom orders. Oh and the poppers for Veteran’s we did arrived safe and sound in VA and we’re looking forward to Cory Routh getting them in the hands of some of America’s Finest.

What? OH yeah, those 3D Snakeskin poppers……they’re almost ready. Hang in there. They’re really something special. They take about five times as long to ink up as a regular Zazzy Pop. I just hope I can get some decent photos of ’em. Might have to take ’em out somewhere and put ’em in a fish’s mouth. They always look better there, anyway. 🙂

Dear Zazzy Pop: Customer Spotlight

Yesterday I was peeking in on Twitter off and on and I ran across this tweet by Zazzy Pop Angler, Gabe Langley:

Naturally, I was hoping there would be more to this story, and it turns out there was – I got this email from Gabriel late last night. Now, let me warn you – this is going to read like we sent him $1000 bucks or something, but I promise you we didn’t. Seriously, I’ve very happy that folks think so much of the poppers and I get a little embarrassed when people write stuff like this, but what am I going to do? Not tell you? It’s emails like this that literally MAKE MY WEEK.

Gabriel lives in Texas and likes fly fishing and hiking and according to his Twitter profile he “has a job, but let’s not go there.” Maybe someday when Zazzy Pop gets big and moves it’s business to Texas we can hire you! Gabriel is very passionate about his fishing as I think you’ll be able to tell – but then, who isn’t?! I’m really glad you guys in Texas are having success with the Zazzys and thanks for sending the proof. LOL

So here’s Gabriel’s take on waiting for his order and fishing with his first Zazzy Pop:

After what seamed like an eternity I received a brown envelope in the mail (OK so it was only a few days) After opening I found inside the most awesome poppers I’ve ever seen in my life! I gave Owl at Zazzy Pop freedom of choice on the eight I ordered from him and trust me when I say he did great. I was only saddened by the fact that they arrived on my Monday and I would not be able to get them in the water for several days. I literally pulled them out of there fly box (yes they have there own because they deserve it) and just admired the fine craftsmanship every night when I got home and debated just putting them on the wall or from the visor of my car but something that zazzy has gotta catch a fish.

Finally I got a day off so I woke up early (well early for my day off ) made some coffee, loaded up my fly pack and Camelbak, and headed up to the lake. After a 2 mile hike to an old fishing pier on the back side of the lake I tied the shiny new blue pencil popper to my tippet ( hind sight should’ve changed the 6x tippet to 3-4x) and made my first cast. Even casting with a bothersome wind coming from a 5-6wt 7ft glass rod they casted great shot it out about 40 ft and started to chug it back. POP-POP-POP pause, POP-POP- pause, then it seamed if the water under the fly vanished as a green and black head exploded out of the water engulfing the popper. I easily strip set the hook as the thought hit my head Gabe what tippet is on that line (6x) wow that fish is bigger than the 3lb test and its headed for cover. I grasped the line firmly and lightly applied pressure to the rod butt, it still ran against me. I knew if it hit the branches and weed bed of it’s home I’d lose it so I leaned into the rod just as it hit cover and pop, limp yellow fly line fell back on the water. I was crushed I had caught a possible lake record Fly bass and…… that punk took my new popper. Then it hit me, wow these are sweet, third cast and a couple pops and the big boys come out to play. So I cut the tippet off went to a 3x and tied another popper on I started to cast towards the same spot when I saw something surface, it was my zazzy pop that punk broke my line stole my popper and then spit it out. I decided to catch my popper back so I began to cast out to it and strip back in, not fishing just trying to retrieve my fly I’d hit the loose pencil popper and it would wiggle and shake in the water then go to rest. After the third or fourth attempt the wildest thing happened, it popped, wiggled, then went to rest ,then the water boiled and it was gone, ARE YOU SERIOUS TWO BASS JUST STOLE MY POPPER!!!!!!

Accepting my defeat I pulled in my line and decided to move to another location. As I was hiking around the lake the wind picked up even more as my iPhone alerted me of severe thunderstorm warning with hail and chance of tornadoes so I decided (translation: wife called said Gabe get off the lake now there is a big storm coming in) to haul it back up the trail to the car load up and head for cover. I got to the car as the sky opened up and rain, wind, thunder, and lightning bashed down as I crossed the dam the light chop turned to white caps. I drove home blessed by the day I was given and thinking, some where in this lake is a trophy bass that stole my popper but his brother popper will avenge him!

Later on that day the storm cleared and it turned into a nice sunny,windy, day so I went down to the river and tossed my #8 into holes and washes and pulled out several fun bass.


Gabriel, that’s some fish tale! Sounds like you were right there on the front-side of a big front moving in and that’s a great time to fish topwater poppers – just make sure you can make yourself stop before the front actually gets to ya!

No photos of the one that got away unfortunately, but these two pics are plenty cool! Thanks Gabriel and we wish you continued good luck with the Zazzy Poppers – and if you keep losing them to hungry bass, we’ll hook you up with more! 🙂

Zazzy Pops and an Eagle Claw Featherlight!

This guy was HONGRY!