Last year I didn't try poppers that often because I thought they only worked in the summer. When the weather is warmer and the fish are on the move. Today I was hunting for bowfin and saw a bunch of bluegill. I didn't want to catch the little ones so I decided to fish one of the poppers I tied for smallmouth. After a few little piddly strikes I had a nice GULP! My fly disappeared and the rod bent over way to far to be a sunfish.