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    Default The past

    To think, many years back I use to be in the business of manufacturing and selling balsa wood poppers. I had a special jig made up by a friend of mine who was a machinist that made me a special jig that would turn out a balsa wood popper body in 10 seconds. Then I had a small table saw that would cut the hook slot and then a router that would cup the face. I would turn out around 500 to 600 each weekend and also make the finished popper.This venture lasted about a year before I retired and went back to full time commercial fly tying.
    Thanks to Bill Black and Spirit River for carrying my products. I just happen to get this package of popper bodies from a friend who purchased a few.
    The good ole days, right Bill
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    Jay Murakoshi

    Commercial Fly Tier

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    Many of us have a long history in this wonderful sport.

    I remember the first time you showed up at our shop to sell us some nice salt water streamers.....


    We bought a lot of specialty flies for local tiers like Dave Hudson, Jay Murakoshi, Bob Sheidt, Gary McConnel, and Carl Blackledge.

    These were local pattern that the big companies did not have in their catalogs.

    We bought beautiful bass poppers from Neal Pultz as well.
    Bill Kiene (Boca Grande)

    567 Barber Street
    Sebastian, Florida 32958

    Fly Fishing Travel Consultant
    Certified FFF Casting Instructor

    Email: billkiene63@gmail.com
    Cell: 530/753-5267
    Web: www.billkiene.com

    Contact me for any reason........
    ______________________________________

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    Bill,
    I have a picture around here somewhere with a pile of flies for your shop and the pile is not quite 6000 shad flies your annual shad order.

    Carl Blackledge

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    I remember that picture.............
    Bill Kiene (Boca Grande)

    567 Barber Street
    Sebastian, Florida 32958

    Fly Fishing Travel Consultant
    Certified FFF Casting Instructor

    Email: billkiene63@gmail.com
    Cell: 530/753-5267
    Web: www.billkiene.com

    Contact me for any reason........
    ______________________________________

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    Jay,
    Nice that Spirit River even put your name on their packaging. Now everything seems to have gone to plastics. Tony
    TONY BUZOLICH
    Feather River Fly
    Yuba City, CA.
    (530) 790-7180

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    Pretty much. Plastic or foam
    Jay Murakoshi

    Commercial Fly Tier

    Travel Coordinator

    Web site: http://www.fliesunlimited.com/

    Email us at: jaysflies@me.com

    Call us at (831) 809-4221

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