Saltwater Popper – Best Fly Fishing Flies

The Saltwater Popper fly is fly fishing‘s version of the open faced popper. A lure that has claimed many saltwater fish species in it’s time. The Saltwater Popper is a generic term for different patterns and variations of this fly. There are so many different kinds of fly popper, so this is just a generic term. This fly has caught a lot of Garrick for us here at Fish the Fly, and along with the flipper, is the premium South African top-water fly. It also works well for Trout, Yellowfish and even Bass and Tigerfish.


Type Of Fly?

  • Popper
  • Topwater
  • Floating Fly

When To Use?

  • All Year

Where To Use?

  • Offshore
  • Surf
  • Estuaries
  • Dams
  • Rivers

Colour Variations?

  • Green
  • Chartreuse
  • Black
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Red

The Saltwater Popper also works well for offshore species like Kingfish, Tuna, Snapper, Rockcod and even Sailfish! The name “popper” comes from the popping (Or plopping) sound it makes when you strip it. This fly is best fished in a strip-pause-strip method. A lot of the time the fish will take it on the pause, which is why it can be beneficial to pause for a second or two in-between retrieves. One can also add a Gully Fly or Fritz in a follow-my-leader method, by tying the smaller fly to the shank of the Saltwater Popper. A lot of the time the popper get’s the fishes interest, but they do not take it. This is why it is a very good idea to have a trailing fly, to give the fish you are targeting more “options”

Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly?

  • Garrick
  • Shad
  • Grunter
  • Stumpnose
  • Moonies
  • Kob
  • Steenbras
  • Springer
  • Kingfish
  • Rockcod
  • Jobfish
  • Tuna
  • Bonito
  • Dorado
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper
  • Bass
  • Trout
  • Yellowfish
  • Blue Kurper
  • Tigerfish

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