Kent Edmonds' Stealth Bomber Popper/Diver Foam Body Cutter
Thanks to Kent's overwhelming enthusiasm, River Road Creations is pleased to release Kent Edmonds Stealth Bomber cutter pattern to tyers everywhere. We are thrilled that Kent has spent so much time and energy working with us over the past few months to produce a "new and improved" version of the hugely popular Stealth Bomber. As you have read from Kent's own website:
"One of my favorite flies for bass and bream is Turck's Tarantula. The Tarantula was designed as a trout fly and won the Jackson Hole One-Fly contest a few years back, but I like it for bass and bream. The Stealth Bomber is a foam diver/slider designed to duplicate the diving motion and the resulting bubble trail made when the Tarantula is given a hard strip (drives `em crazy).
The Stealth has become my "go-to" topwater for all the black bass species and big bream. It casts easily without the twisting of lipped flies but dives enticingly on the strip. The rear tab of foam and the air space below it captures air which bubbles on the dive. The turbulence it creates, along with the dynamics of the wing, cause the fly to wiggle side-to-side. And because it sits a little lower in the water than the traditional bass popper, the hook-up ratio is quite good.)
I tie some in bright color combinations and add of flash wings and rubber legs. The "stealth" name hardly applies to its appearance, but its action can still be quite stealthy. With soft little strips it will wiggle and maybe "bloop" slightly. Strip with a just a little bit more vigor and it will dive and bubble, but still stay in the target zone (the strip here should be very quick, but very short). Give it a longer, harder strip and it will dive hard and create a major commotion."
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The Kent Edmonds Stealth Bomber Popper/Diver Cutter Set
is is a must-have cutter for your tying bench!
Foam Popper/Diver Shape
Available in sizes 2, 6 and 10
Tying Instructions and Kent's tying tips included with each cutter and cutter set. You can get another copy of tying instructions here.
Important note about using this cutter: When creating this pattern, you will need to extend the length of the body section with a pair of scissors or knife (extend the length roughly half-again as long.)