There are certain things that seem to end up in the tackle box of every 7-year-old despite the fact that they’ll probably never get used. There’s a giant red-and-white Dardevle that Granddad says is good for the pike that little you failed to realize didn’t exist in your home lake. There’s a pack of purple plastic worms that are longer than any fish you’d ever caught in your short life. And then there’s an assortment of colorful foam bluegill popper flies. I had at least a dozen at that age, even though I was four years away from owning my first fly rod. Never in those early days would I have forgone a garden worm to fish them. It was simply a colorful collection. Years later, after mastering the basics of fly casting, I learned that bluegill poppers are the fastest way to find the kid in you while honing your grown-up skills. No bobbers or worms required. All you need is a pocket full of bugs, a farm pond, and a few presentation tricks for hours of summer fun.