If you've read some of my older articles then you know that I love the V.I.P aka Vastly Improved Popper. This topwater fly tricked my two personal best smallmouth bass at 14.5 and 18.5 inches, as well as a variety of other fish. This pattern is just the right size for bass, not to big, not to small. It produces a pop that is loud enough to get a fish's attention but soft enough not to scare it away. On top of all that, it's fast and cheap to tie.