So I went out this morning before the front came in with my 4wt and my little yellow popper to see if the fish were hungry. I had an epic morning with the bluegill and the bass. Here is a before and after shot of my popper after one hour of fishing!
Very funny, I've had the same problem with the Betts fancy poppers I use. Boogle bugs and self tied foam flies do hold up much better but I just have such great confidence in them that I keep buying and using them.