Poppers and sliders are both essential patterns for topwater fishing. The styles are classic, but modern bodies of painted, dense foam float better and last longer than the cork versions. Soft silicone-rubber legs, meanwhile, add lifelike movement that drives bass nuts. Cup-faced poppers like Umpqua's Bass Popper (umpqua.com) make lots of surface noise when twitched, thereby stirring up lethargic fish. As much fun as poppers are to fish, I often use a subtler floating slider, such as the Shenandoah Sunfish Slider. Sliders make a slow and quiet surface wake when stripped with intermittent pauses. Perhaps imitating a wounded bluegill, sliders are the answer for pressured bass in clear water.