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Old 11-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default Rigging Pink Worms For Sidedrifting

Well boys and girls, I'm gonna make a big effort to fish pink worms here on the Smith and Chetco this year. What I need to know is, how do you all rig up for sidedrifting pink worms from a driftboat? I don't know anyone down here that fishes these two river systems with a pink worm. Maybe I will become highly successful with your help and start a new fish catching craze down here. Remember, pictures always speak a thousand words.

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Old 11-20-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Lot's of Youtube pink worm advice....

Here's Buzz Ramsey with a quick pink worm riggin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lKa...eature=related
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:37 PM   #3
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Lot's of Youtube pink worm advice....

Here's Buzz Ramsey with a quick pink worm riggin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9lKa...eature=related
Thanks for the link, but Buzz is rigging for float fishing under a bobber. I would like to know how some rig up for drift fishing worms. I know there are alot of people that do rig for drift fishing,a nd I would like to know how they do it. I've seen a few vids on youtube, but the only ones I've seen that show how to rig up are the Buzz Ramsey video, and the Fishing with JD video. I was just wondering if there are any other deadly ways folks rig their worms for drifting. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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anyone know if the siletz summers like the pink worm??? or the winters??? i know they will eat em but each river seems to have a method that works a lil better than others, i've still yet to get a hookup on this setup yet. i always fall back to what i know is tried n true
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #5
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I've always rigged em like this, but without the top hook:
This is eyefish's pic too.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:13 PM   #6
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I've always rigged em like this, but without the top hook:
This is eyefish's pic too.
Thanks Greg. I will try it that way also.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:17 PM   #7
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Try this one by JD Richey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p8HJTa_w-c

Note the exaggerated hangback (hook trailing completely behind the worm) that he demonstrates in the video. This gives the hook maximum exposure (no "shielding" or weed-guard effect), puts the hook in a more advantageous position for the occasional short-striker, AND maximizes the chances of an easily accessible NON-mortal outside-in hookup for the majority of your strikes (esp important if you are fishing over wild natives that must be released).
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well, rig it kinda like Greg516 did. Usually I bring along a few sewing needles. Put your line through the eye on a pretied leader. Then slide the worm down the needles tail end first. Then just pull your line through. Usually put a small corky, sequin, bead, etc. to keep the worm from slipping down the hook. Also helps keep that hook up from snagging on rocks. I think i saw this on Youtube somewhere but has worked good for me so far. I'll try and look for the link..............
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:19 PM   #9
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Try this one by JD Richey

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p8HJTa_w-c

Note the exaggerated hangback (hook trailing completely behind the worm) that he demonstrates in the video. This gives the hook maximum exposure (no "shielding" or weed-guard effect), puts the hook in a more advantageous position for the occasional short-striker, AND maximizes the chances of an easily accessible NON-mortal outside-in hookup for the majority of your strikes (esp important if you are fishing over wild natives that must be released).
ya thats it!
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:23 PM   #10
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Thanks fellas.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:41 PM   #11
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Anyone ever tried fishing them under a float?
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:45 PM   #12
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Anyone ever tried fishing them under a float?
I've seen Buzz Ramsey do it for winters on the Wilson... So it must work?
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:56 PM   #13
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Anyone ever tried fishing them under a float?
Yes it does work...I like to use a 1/4 oz white jig head with the worm under a float..
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Fishing a 4" Mad River worm under a float is my go to bait. For drift fishing or side drifting I'd recommend you try a 4" floating Power Worm. With my urging a friend of mine tried them on the Umpqua and is now putting fish in his boat with worms too. Try rigging them "Canada Style," which is threading them about 3/4 of their length with a worm threader. Add a very small pink corkie between the hook and worm so the hook doesn't tear into in too easily.

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:17 PM   #15
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I've used threaded pink worms under a float with a bullet wt. on the Ronde with good results.

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Yes it does work...I like to use a 1/4 oz white jig head with the worm under a float..
Kev....Try it this winter with a pink or white painted little lead as the bead between the worm and hook under a float.....more wiggle....oh ya....find straws......call me.....I'll be back on the creek we fished up here a lot shortly.
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Do you use any scents on the worms?
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:26 PM   #18
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Anyone ever tried fishing them under a float?

That's where the Deadfish tackle company lead corkie comes in really handy.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:55 PM   #19
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I fish the Smith every year with pink worms, same with floats and jigs and people look at me like im crazy so don't worry about that. Any of the above info works great also gonna send a pm. I'll see you there in about a month
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That's where the Deadfish tackle company lead corkie comes in really handy.

i have been trying to find some of the dedfish weights but cant find them or their website anymore do you know where to get them?

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Old 11-21-2009, 04:46 AM   #21
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Anyone ever tried fishing them under a float?

Yeah.

I thread the hook through so it's at the bottom of the worm, and put a couple of split shot 18" or so above the worm. Just based on a ton of experience fishing plastic worms for bass, they're going to act very differently if the weight is next to the pink worm as opposed to 18" or so above it. Nothing wrong with either method it's just a different presentation. If you were fishing just a few feet of water having the split shot at the hook would definitely work, but in deeper slower water you'd get more action out of the worm having the weight away from it. All that advice is worth exactly what you paid for it....

For my 2 or 3 winter steelhead trips per year, the first thing I usually toss out is a pink worm. Literally the first cast I ever tried it I hooked up (and broke off) a beautiful fish, so that made me a believer.

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i have been trying to find some of the dedfish weights but cant find them or their website anymore do you know where to get them?

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I think fisherman's had them last time I was there. I bought 5 packs a few years back at the sportsmans show. I haven't lost very many under a float this far. The only thing they need is a touch up paint job every once in a while and they're good to go.

If you can't find the Dedfish brand, just apply some pink nail polish to some .5 oz egg sinkers. Those are more of the cheater style body shape and should work just as well.
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I think fisherman's had them last time I was there. I bought 5 packs a few years back at the sportsmans show. I haven't lost very many under a float this far. The only thing they need is a touch up paint job every once in a while and they're good to go.

If you can't find the Dedfish brand, just apply some pink nail polish to some .5 oz egg sinkers. Those are more of the cheater style body shape and should work just as well.
I've applied pink nail polish to 1/4" and 3/16" brass beads, just stick a tooth pick in it to hold while you paint and dry.
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