The bodies of all of the Bea Bea Bad Boys and the Bea’s Poppers are made from the root of the Tupelo tree. This is an excellent and unique alternative to cork, balsa or foam. The Tupelo tree is a striking pyramidal tree in its youth with a typical straight trunk. The roots are often exposed and provide a good source for the Bea’s products. Bea Bea Bugs make two different body shapes, the first having a round nose and is called Bea Bea Bad Boy. Not designed as a popper it is still deadly on bluegill.
There are eleven different models to choose from. The most popular model being Bea Bea Boy #15 which has a chartreuse body, black hackle,chartreuse tail and eight chartreuse rubber legs. Available in hook sizes 8 and 10. The second model, called Bea’s Popper, has a body shape with a concave face which creates a “pop” sound when the fly line is striped. This popper has a chartreuse body, black hackle, chartreuse tail and chartreuse rubber legs.
In addition to the Bea Bea Bad Boy and Bea’s Poppers Bea Bea Bugs also makes three fly fishing lures in “glow in the dark” models. The Bea’s Glow Popper is available in hook sizes 8, 10 and 12. Another glow product is their Double Hook Glow Popper. This popper has the unique feature of having two number eight hooks to better insure a catch. And finally, the Nuclear Mouse. It looks like a mouse from a nuclear plant! Available in hook size four this is perfect for bass. As cork becomes more expensive and scarce the root of the Tupelo tree becomes more attractive and is certainly more plentiful and inexpensive. The benefits of this alternative are numerous and include the fact that the wood is very hard and yet very buoyant. It holds the paint well and floats correctly, and it catches fish!