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©2013 Photography by Tom Lynch

©2013 Photography by Tom Lynch

My buddy, Bob Popovics just sent me a great photo that was taken in Seaside by Tom Lynch aka Angryfish. I LOVE THIS SHOT and I think Tom has captured Bob in perfect light and in perfect form. This picture is timeless and that is what makes a great photo, you can keep looking at it over and over. Most people only know Bob for his innovative fly patterns but let me tell ya first hand,  Bobby can throw a big fly into wind as good as anyone I have ever seen. Nice backcast dude! 🙂

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salty & sweet pic of the day…

Popfleye Beach Van owned by Bob Popovics, circa early nineties. Photo by Al Q

Popfleye Beach Van owned by Bob Popovics, circa early nineties. Photo by Al Q

I took this photo on a fall morning in the early nineties. I remember this fall morning well, there wasn’t much happening on the beach that morning. Me and Bob took a nice drive up the beach at Island Beach State Park looking for birds. Bob had one of his newly designed Bigfly Fiber Fleyes in blue and white sitting on the dash, it had to be 15 or 16 inches long. It was to represent a big mullet. It looked like an astro pop on steroids. I asked him, “how the hell do you cast that thing”. He stopped the van, tied it onto a 10 weight rod and threw that thing a country mile, (about eighty feet) into the wind, it floated and dropped softly into foam. The flies bulk shed water beautifully, when he lifted off on the next cast and false casted it, before launching it again. We all know how great and legendary Bob is as a innovative saltwater fly tier, but this was a “holy shit” moment that opened my eyes to how skilled of a fly caster Bob really was. It also made me realize how fly fishing could compete in some instances with conventional gear and especially big plugs in the surf…

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salty & sweet…

Bob Popovics releases a schoolie bass on the shores of Marthas Vineyard. photo by AL Q

Bob Popovics releases a schoolie bass on the shores of Marthas Vineyard. photo by Al Q

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fleye foils to be introduced at the reno fly tackle show…


new cover of fly tyer magazine with bob’s new fleye foil candies

just finished designing bob’s new two-sided business cards and fleye foil logo. I completely hand drew Bob’s signature from a loose sketch. the last signature I did similar to this was seriously, frank sinatras. lol

if any of you fine folks in fly fishing cyberland are going to the Reno fly tackle dealership show in August, please stop by the Tuffleye booth to say hi to ashley, ned and bob. bob popovics should be tying and displaying his new fleye foils. these new fleye foils will make tying candies a snap, no more fussing with individual eyes and trying to line them up. bob is always bending that curve…and making the process easier for everyone to tie nice looking flies.

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popfleye foils

©2012 photo by bob popovics

© 2012 photo by bob popovics

My good buddy Bob Popovics has come up with a new way to create a realistic surf candy. It’s called Fleye Foils and they will initially come in three different styles, a bay anchovy, a silverside, and a sand eel. No one knows baits as well as Mr. Popovics and there will be more baits added to his line in the near future. The foils apply to each side of the fly with a tab and are fixed in place by using epoxy or tuffleye to cover the fly. They have eyes, a lateral line and are are iridescent just like the real baits appear in nature. The surf candy was originally developed by Bob to be a bomb-proof, durable bait for toothy species like large bluefish. Bob has always been a great friend and mentor for me and I am very fortunate and honored to be able to help Bob with some of the new illustrations that will appear on his new packaging.  I will post them as soon as we get an approval on the illustrations. I am very excited about these new foils and can’t wait start tying with them.

© 2012 copyright Bob Popovics.

This is the new logo I just created for Bob’s new Fleye Foil venture. This one has the bay anchovy represented. I did a sand eel and silverside (spearing) bait as well…

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