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Old 10-28-2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Default Pink Mad River worms for steelhead

Heard these are deadly on steelhead and I picked some up for some winters in a couple months. My question is best way to fish them. Under a bobber? Drifting? And do you use the offset worm hooks? Any info is appreciated.


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Old 10-28-2012, 07:17 PM   #2
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You can fish them a number of ways for summer and winter fish. You might want to go on you tube and check it out. My favorite way is with a bobber and the best color for me is a white jig head and a 4inch pink pearl worm. Just thread the worm onto the naked jig. You can also put them on a regular jig pushing the worm up which will flare out the shank hackle area of the jig making a skirt sort of. Also, you might want to check out northwest wild country blog online for more instructions on bobber fishing. Bill herzog does an excellent job explaining his method of bobber setup using the pink worm. Good luck hope this helps.
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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You can fish them a number of ways for summer and winter fish. You might want to go on you tube and check it out. My favorite way is with a bobber and the best color for me is a white jig head and a 4inch pink pearl worm. Just thread the worm onto the naked jig. You can also put them on a regular jig pushing the worm up which will flare out the shank hackle area of the jig making a skirt sort of. Also, you might want to check out northwest wild country blog online for more instructions on bobber fishing. Bill herzog does an excellent job explaining his method of bobber setup using the pink worm. Good luck hope this helps.
Awesome info. Thanks I'll check those out.


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Old 10-28-2012, 07:22 PM   #4
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I just drift them, never tried bobber with em yet. There are numerous ways to rig em, youtube can be helpful here. I like the hook about an inch off the bottom of the worm with the head up my leader keeping the worm straight. Drift em like eggs, and don't relax your grip on the rod because when they hit, it's vicious.
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I did this video with Rusty Bell of Western Fishing Operations & JDarr, but it applies to all steelhead worm fishing.

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Old 10-28-2012, 08:20 PM   #6
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My theory is 90% of days a pink worm on a white jig head will hold its own side by side to any methods for steelhead. Mad river is my favorite brand.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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I did this video with Rusty Bell of Western Fishing Operations & JDarr, but it applies to all steelhead worm fishing.

Video leaves a little to be desired.
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Video leaves a little to be desired.
Feel free to make your own

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Old 10-28-2012, 09:13 PM   #9
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Feel free to make your own

Apparently you know more than we do.
He probably knows enough to edit a post that did not work out!
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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Great video I learned some good stuff. I have been fishing the pink worm for a few years now with good success. Would like to see Jdarr do a bobber dogging video to show it in action.
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No need to edit anything. Ifish must've changed their embed settings...tapatalk shows it as a link. Simple permissions fix...all of 3 seconds.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:39 AM   #12
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Thanks guys for the input. Excited to give it a try this year. Along with the other tackle.


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Old 10-29-2012, 06:11 AM   #13
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Have used them under a float nose first and nose up. I like the plain bubblegum pink and they seem to work just fine either way you rig them. I like running them with 2-3 smaller split shot at 3-4 inch intervals on the leader. Gives it a more natural drift. Always have these in your tackle.Have tried them with the jig heads without success, jury is still out on those.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:35 AM   #14
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My theory is 90% of days a pink worm on a white jig head will hold its own side by side to any methods for steelhead. Mad river is my favorite brand.
Not taking into consideration the amount of variables! Water conditions will dictate what works! So throwing out a 90% figure means very little when not taking into consideration river conditions. Like me saying a plug will outfish a side drifter 90% of the time. Apples and oranges
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:41 AM   #15
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I like BnR Holey worms rigged upside down on a drift leader under a float, with or without a 1/8oz egg sinker above the worm. (Yes, it's legal with small enough hooks.)
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:07 AM   #16
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Not taking into consideration the amount of variables! Water conditions will dictate what works! So throwing out a 90% figure means very little when not taking into consideration river conditions. Like me saying a plug will outfish a side drifter 90% of the time. Apples and oranges
Basically I was saying that is all you need to catch fish on decent conditions. Steelhead LOVE PINK WORMS
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I did this video with Rusty Bell of Western Fishing Operations & JDarr, but it applies to all steelhead worm fishing.

Awesome video on the worm, down here in the valley on the umpqua I have yet to see anyone using the bobber dogging style. I want to give it a shot this winter out of my sled in a couple areas. Seems like just boondogging with the aid of a bobber?....I like the idea in a few spots we catch fish in but lose a ton of gear in. Thanks for the info........
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:32 AM   #18
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Another video on how to rig steelhead worms
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Heard these are deadly on steelhead and I picked some up for some winters in a couple months. My question is best way to fish them. Under a bobber? Drifting? And do you use the offset worm hooks? Any info is appreciated.


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I prefer to fish them on a black jig head under a Hawken AF-3 series float. I have heard the AF-1 series are good as well.

https://youtu.be/dosoeLkksL0 check this video out.

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Old 01-06-2016, 07:21 PM   #20
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I prefer to fish them on a black jig head under a Hawken AF-3 series float. I have heard the AF-1 series are good as well.

https://youtu.be/dosoeLkksL0 check this video out.
Great vid!


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Personally, I strongly feel that under a float is the only way to go. If fished properly under a float, the jig head is facing upstream and the current causes the tail to flicker- enticing the fish to strike. The jig also pulls it down to the bottom. When drifting, the worm floats so high you need to use short leaders and heavy weight to keep it on the bottom which doesn't create a natural drift.
An odd observation from my journal: The pink worm has only attracted native bucks for me in the past four years. My best worm day ever, I hooked and landed 5 in less than an hour. Each was a different native buck. I have fished them since with the same results. Just weird luck or a coincidence?
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:11 PM   #22
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These are great worms.
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I have caught quite a few fish on them, I keep it simple and stick to 4" pearl pink, both on a jig head, and drift fished like anything else.

One thing I have never understood is why people put worms in a different category than other baits, for me they bite them the same, not harder or softer, catch lots of hatchery fish on them, just another offering in my eyes. I like a worm on a jighead more than most jigs...just a personal preference, I'm sure steelhead don't think about it much.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:26 AM   #24
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Worms are good.

Been doing well with rubber worm and spinner. Extend hook with about 1" of braided line. Thread the worm on to hook and braided line with head of worm snug up against bottom of swivel or split ring. I try to leave the tail about 3/4" below curve in hook to allow the tail to flutter. If the worm is too long, trim the head end for desired length. The 3" size works best for me.

Have also drift fished worms with sng or spinner on a leader.

I prefer the flavored ones to not.
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Old 01-08-2016, 08:58 AM   #25
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Use them for our cold fishing over here with a jig head under a bobber. Since we are frequently fishing in slush and in below freezing temps, feather and hair jigs just turn into ice balls. Oh, pink isn't the only color that works!
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I Always have the pink worm in the bag of tricks for steelies!!
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Forgive me if this has been asked, but has anyone ran a pink worm with a small sng behind a bait diver from a boat?



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Forgive me if this has been asked, but has anyone ran a pink worm with a small sng behind a bait diver from a boat?



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I have seen people do it. I thought they were crazy but I would imagine the tail would flicker around and could trigger some aggressive takes!
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I always thought that would be a great presentation for some fun bites to watch....and takes some evilness away from diver and bait, I would go with a bigger worm for that (5")

might not be a great method, but if I fished steelhead out of a boat, I would at least try it....because it might be. worms have a lot of inherent action.
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For those who fish from a boat, try back bouncing pink worms. Your welcome in advance.
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I'm definitely giving it a go. Plus the back bounce idea too.



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I suppose plunking them behind a SNG would work also? I've thought about it before but never tried it. I need to try something different, as I'm in the midst of a big time skunky slump.
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I suppose plunking them behind a SNG would work also? I've thought about it before but never tried it. I need to try something different, as I'm in the midst of a big time skunky slump.
Doing something no one else is doing is sometimes the way to really get into em. I had funny looks from some when i bounced a worm along, until i caught fish.
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Rig one up about 4' behind a diver and hold on to your rod real tight.
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Old 02-04-2016, 12:55 PM   #35
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Wasn't a firm believer in the Pink Worm craze until this year. Hooked fish now both under a float and drift fishing. I have come to the conclusion I didn't have any confidence in them prior so spent little time actually using them. Now they are always in my arsenal.
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