my first popper about two years ago. That particular popper has never seen a drop of water, but since then I have made a few more (you can see examples here, here, here, and here.) Some of those have been fished and I've learned a thing or two about making sure they are castable and durable.
The top two pictures show the hardwood popper in orange and black with a red mouth. All this on a #6 Tiemco TMC 8089 nickel plated hook. The second two pictures show the hardwood diver in white and silver with red eyes. This is set on the same hook. Click here for fair warning about the size of these flies, a #6 TMC 8089 hook is approximately the size of most other 1/0 or 2/0 hooks...you'll need something bigger than a 3wt to horse this through the air. Also, I can not guarantee it but you may have some success casting these with an ultra-light spinning rod....
So by now you are asking yourself, "Self, how do I get my hands on them there fancy bass plugs?" The answer is simple, you may qualify up to four times...just follow these simple steps:
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me what price you would expect if you happened across these plugs at your favorite fly shop along side their foam and balsa brethren. Please be honest; I am sure I would lose my ass if I ever tried to turn a profit (something about minimum wages and barriers to entry). However, I enjoy making these so I might just try to sell them some day as a hobby.
2. This one is easy, just follow the Lunker Hunt blog by clicking the "follow" button over there on the right. If you already do there is no need to follow again. If you prefer to use an alternate feed reader (and I know there are some of you) that will work too. In any case, leave a comment so we know you've secured yourself a lifetime subscription.
3. Go to the Lunker Hunt facebook page and leave a comment on the update for this giveaway. Make it your favorite joke, anecdote, pun, original limerick, etc. This is your chance to nurture that creative nugget lodged in your gut, so do your best to make everyone laugh. I think you can even upload pictures, so an original piece of MSPaint art will also fullfill the requirements of #2. Once you've done that, come back here and leave a comment stating you've done so.
4. Have a fishing buddy come to this post and leave a good-natured comment explaining why you are not qualified to own such fine tackle. This will count as an entry for you (not the buddy). If you are lucky he/she will ask you to return the favor. Brownie points will be awarded for jabs about rod length, inferior genes, etc. Make sure they include your user name or a picture of your birthmark so I know who
That's all it takes! The first two are easy, and you can complete as many or as few as you like.
Qualifying closes at 11:59pm (Illinois time) on January 7th, 2011. Any comments left after this time will be appreciated but not eligible. On or about (I'm pretty forgetful) January 8th, I'll leave it up to the random number generating gods. If the gods choose a comment not satisfying the requirements set forth above they will draw again. If anything else goes wrong, it will be up to my best judgment to make this a fair fight.
I'll create a new post announcing and congratulating the winner. Both the popper and the diver will be awarded to one person based on the comment number corresponding to the RNG selection. The rest of you will be left with nothing but a dream of the day I do this again.