I've mentioned before my fly boxes began getting leaner 30 years ago.
Those little poppers do all I need a fly rod to do on the surface in the salt, and of course they gurgle all you need (Tim's accidental trolling red).
A big effort to duplicate that with spun hair is a big effort to get the same result.
I've thrown pencil poppers in the surf and on the flats amid a chorus of fish laughter.
I think the hardest thing for people to understand with lures and flies, fish aren't looking for the same things we're looking for - especially on the surface.
That little dock-fished spec above, three of his nursery siblings chased the popper - once - after one fish had to switch to slime line and the little whistlers to catch more.
This is a Palm Harbor canal, with days fishing Estes Flats.
btw, just reserved the nice digs on Arroyo for 5 days beginning Oct 31, and this time will probably bring my Kestrel for some mother ship time to Rattlesnake Bay and Green Island. viewtopic.php?f=8&t=248845&p=2278641