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Old 10-19-2013, 08:22 AM   #1
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I have decided lately that I am going to add the rubber worm to my arsenal this winter. I have been looking at many, many worms in all kinds of colors and set ups. I am wondering from you good folks out there what colors are your favorite? I know there is a time a place for everything. But if you could only have a few which would you choose?

3 years ago when I first started steelhead fishing I caught my first 2 steelhead drifting a 4" bubblegum pink worm on the S. Santiam. I've tried it halfheartedly on tough days since and haven't had any luck. This was before I even knew about corkie and yarn so to chalk it up to pure luck wouldn't be a far stretch.

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I have decided lately that I am going to add the rubber worm to my arsenal this winter. I have been looking at many, many worms in all kinds of colors and set ups. I am wondering from you good folks out there what colors are your favorite? I know there is a time a place for everything. But if you could only have a few which would you choose?

3 years ago when I first started steelhead fishing I caught my first 2 steelhead drifting a 4" bubblegum pink worm on the S. Santiam. I've tried it halfheartedly on tough days since and haven't had any luck. This was before I even knew about corkie and yarn so to chalk it up to pure luck wouldn't be a far stretch.
I mostly use 3" Mad River worms in fl. pink/chartreuse tail, nightmare, cerise, and nail polish pink. Honestly I don't think there is a color that doesn't work well. I have found success, though, by changing colors and drifting past fish that had refused the first or second offering. I've found that fish that won't take one of the pinkish variations will often hammer the nightmare. I've also found that sometimes all it takes is a different colored jig head on the same worm. I bounce between white, black and pink.

Being relatively new to worm fishing but having had tremendous success with them last winter, I thought I'd give them a try this summer on fish that were refusing shrimp and hackle jigs. They weren't playing along. I tried them again after the rains at the end of Sept, though, while the water was still up a bit with some color, and the fish HATED them (in a good way). I had several hard hits and some nice fish landed before the water got real low again.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:45 AM   #3
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I've tried a few and hands down I'll take Berkley pink worms in bubblegum! I've even had a few springers eat them on a white jig head.
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wfo pink with bluetail works really well, I also use the 3 inch mad river and my all time favorite is the 3 inch nightmare worm. use a white 1/8 once jig head made by aerojig. it's killer for steelhead.
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Try them under a bobber 1/8 or my favorite 1/4 oz pink pearl or white head with a 4" mad river bubblegum or clearwater pink are my favorites for steel. I imagine the berkleys are pretty comparable. I caught my biggest steel ever on the wilson river with a 1/4 oz. pink pearl head 4" bubblegum mad river worm under a bobber. That was one of four fish I landed on that exact rig that day. 21 lbs 40x20" brute.
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You should check out holey worms if you plan on running them without a jig head under a bobber. All the colors these guys are talking about are great.
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Mad River 4" pink with GREEN tail. MONEY
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These are just a few of the colors that I make. The bottom 2 pinks (red sparkle tail) were the absolute favorites of my buddies who fish worms for steelhead. They caught a ton of fish on them. The third from the bottom is bubblegum with a hot transparent pink belly and a red sparle tail. The second from the bottom is hot transparent pink with a red sparkle tail.
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Wait. You mean guys are fishing plastic worms for STEELHEAD? When did this happen? I'm not just out of the loop. I didn't even know there was a loop.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:42 PM   #11
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I was fishing plastic worms for steelhead over 30 years ago. Being a tournament bass fisherman and a lure manufacturer, I didn't know any better. It worked even though I got a lot of "what the h@#$ is that idiot doing" looks.
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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i have had a lot of success with berkley power bait worms...6 inch bubble gum pink...I aslo have a special knot that I use to rig my worms....I sent an email to berkley to see if they wanted it...heck I would taken a pack of worms for it! since they havent responded, I think im going to post it here ion ifish and give back a little of what I have recieved from ifish and its members...

Im on the road right now traveling but i will do it before winter steelhead arrive!
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WFO OP Nightmare or steelgum
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I like some of those purple worms. Purple is my fly color of choice. Need to get some of those.
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Zoom..rigged bankbound style
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Sooo, are the woim-meisters bouncing these along the bottom? Drifting them under a bobber?
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I like to rig them with 1/8 oz owner white jig head 3" mad river worm. I clip off about 1/4 inch of the head. Run it up the hook. Now this is where I started seeing some great results. I wrap about an inch of the worm in black sparkle or flat black or red or pink yarn and add sent. I use a few wraps of ghost wrap or magic thread to hold the yarn and worm on the shank. Float it or jig it off the bottom with a "back bounce". I like to "dredge" with them under a 5/8 oz. Float. Meaning I intentionally let them kick and bounce off the bottom. A cheater drift if u will. The stop start motion of the worm tends to get those steel very reactionary. I've had some absolutely unbelievably deep takes on that set up.
Need to fiddle with drifting them under a leader. Heard rigging them backward on a leader with a corkie can produce well in dirty water. I'll have to try that this winter on the clack.
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WFO OP Nightmare or steelgum
Yep. These drifted on the bottom = lights out. Rusty's stuff is the best.
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Definitely going to grab a couple different WFO worms. Has anyone used XFactor Tackle "steelhead slayers" they have scent built into them. Thanks for the insights into how to use the worm. 5-6 weeks weather permitting, I'll be trying for an early chromer.
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wfo pink with bluetail works really well, I also use the 3 inch mad river and my all time favorite is the 3 inch nightmare worm. use a white 1/8 once jig head made by aerojig. it's killer for steelhead.

I've been searching high and low... Where do I find these?
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I've been searching high and low... Where do I find these?
Which ones are you looking for? three inch mad rivers and nightmare are from sportsman Aero jig heads from bimart. also try some no# 63 Areo nightmare jigs. always my go to for steelhead

wfo are from oregon rod reel and tackle here in Eugene. call mike he will ship them to you .5416834965

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http://www.hawkenfishing.com/categor...show=40&page=3

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I made a bunch of 3 1/2" nightmare (white head, black body, red tail) worms for a local guide a couple of years ago and he has had great luck with them. I made some eggs in nightmare (black with red and silver flake) the works well on little rivers like the Skookumchuck. I prefer pinks and reds and maybe a little orange.
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Which ones are you looking for? three inch mad rivers and nightmare are from sportsman Aero jig heads from bimart. also try some no# 63 Areo nightmare jigs. always my go to for steelhead

wfo are from oregon rod reel and tackle here in Eugene. call mike he will ship them to you .5416834965

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http://www.hawkenfishing.com/categor...show=40&page=3

http://wfoworms.com/
#63 and #11 are really the only jigs I ever seem to need. I've caught more on #11 but it's usually whichever one I choose to tie on first that catches the fish.

I just use 1/8 oz Aerojig heads for worm fishing too. Only concern is how they will work barbless. I wish someone would show me some round, 1/8 jig heads with sickle shaped hooks.
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#63 and #11 are really the only jigs I ever seem to need. I've caught more on #11 but it's usually whichever one I choose to tie on first that catches the fish.

I just use 1/8 oz Aerojig heads for worm fishing too. Only concern is how they will work barbless. I wish someone would show me some round, 1/8 jig heads with sickle shaped hooks.
I think firstbite has some might be worth a try. I haven't had any luck on a #11 but 31 has been good. I think I own about everyone they make.
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What length is most frequently used? I use 4", but am willing to branch out.
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#63 and #11 are really the only jigs I ever seem to need. I've caught more on #11 but it's usually whichever one I choose to tie on first that catches the fish.

I just use 1/8 oz Aerojig heads for worm fishing too. Only concern is how they will work barbless. I wish someone would show me some round, 1/8 jig heads with sickle shaped hooks.
Get a jig and make them. I have been toying with that too


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And then send me some. I don't want to make them.
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Hey don't tell me what to do until you take your own advice.

And then send me some. I don't want to make them.
Yaaa. that came across wrong.
Now I gotta go find a mold
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Yaaa. that came across wrong.
Now I gotta go find a mold
No it didn't. I was just goofing around. No worries at all. I should be pouring my own jig heads.
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Holey worms...
Checked that web site but none of the pictures will show up on my browser for some reason.

Gotta admit I like the idea of a threadable worm that doesn't require a threader. I like that they recommend wetting it with your favorite beer too, though that's kind of a foul wasting beer like that. I guess if you just dip your leader in it instead of pouring it...
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WFO is all you need!!! There are soooo many good colors that Rusty makes that work wonders in certain situations. Give them a legit chance and you'll catch fish.

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Checked that web site but none of the pictures will show up on my browser for some reason.

Gotta admit I like the idea of a threadable worm that doesn't require a threader. I like that they recommend wetting it with your favorite beer too, though that's kind of a foul wasting beer like that. I guess if you just dip your leader in it instead of pouring it...
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Does anyone know of stores that carry WFO worms near Albany? I read on his website that if I want to order custom colors I have to order at least 100. That's a lifetime supply for me!
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Which ones are you looking for? three inch mad rivers and nightmare are from sportsman Aero jig heads from bimart. also try some no# 63 Areo nightmare jigs. always my go to for steelhead

wfo are from oregon rod reel and tackle here in Eugene. call mike he will ship them to you .5416834965

http://www.madrivermanufacturing.com...px?itemid=1519

http://www.hawkenfishing.com/categor...show=40&page=3

http://wfoworms.com/
Thanks for the tips. I have been trying to find 1 location for more than one brand of worm without paying +$6 shipping per order (effectively doubling the cost of a package)

Mike @ Oregon RRT was very helpful. It looks like I will be able to get my desired worms next week. He is going to get the flavors & lengths shipped to him so that I don't have to. Thanks Guthooker.
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You'll think 100 is a lifetime supply...until you start using them.=)
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Does anyone know of stores that carry WFO worms near Albany? I read on his website that if I want to order custom colors I have to order at least 100. That's a lifetime supply for me!
Mike just put your order in.

He should have them in his shop by Saturday.

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Sooo, are the woim-meisters bouncing these along the bottom? Drifting them under a bobber?
I have had luck using under a bobber and drift fishing. I have had them hammer a worm while drift fishing much the same as hitting a spinner. I normally run a shorter piece of the worm tail while bobber fishing; normally no longer than 2 inches but that is just my experience.
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I just use 1/8 oz Aerojig heads for worm fishing too. Only concern is how they will work barbless. I wish someone would show me some round, 1/8 jig heads with sickle shaped hooks.
They work just fine. Worm and jig is my go to when it's below freezing, feather jigs just turn into an iceball. With a fixed float and mono I can fish in the teens. Over here in Idaho we've been required to go barbless since forever, keep your line tight and you won't have any issues. Oh, barbless jigs worked just fine for me last Christmas on the Hood river too!
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They work just fine. Worm and jig is my go to when it's below freezing, feather jigs just turn into an iceball. With a fixed float and mono I can fish in the teens. Over here in Idaho we've been required to go barbless since forever, keep your line tight and you won't have any issues. Oh, barbless jigs worked just fine for me last Christmas on the Hood river too!
Those are freezing cold, Idaho "boots" you're talking about. The fish around here won't even bite a barbless hook that's not sickle shaped or at least wide gaped. They don't even feel challenged enough...actually a little insulted.

That's a good point about jigs freezing up. I'm so NOT used to really cold weather that I didn't even know braided line created problems in the cold until I found myself out in the mid 20s cussing my line one day last winter. I think it was the coldest day of the year here.
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Next we will hear guys using a wacky worm rig on steelhead.
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I was fishing plastic worms for steelhead over 30 years ago. Being a tournament bass fisherman and a lure manufacturer, I didn't know any better. It worked even though I got a lot of "what the h@#$ is that idiot doing" looks.

I saw a guy 30 years ago using plastic worms--brown, natural color. 6" long and he caught fish. I thought it was just a fluke because the fish were biting everything else also--a red hot bite on the Kalama River in July. (The good ole days) I remember thinking he was an odd ball, but did make a mental note about the effectiveness of plastic worms. Of course it was years later until they caught on.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:28 AM   #47
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Bryan is a real good guy and will get you set up. I've seen holly worms work very well.

If someone is looking for sickle hooks for jigs you might want to check both fishermans, first bite, or eBay I purchased orders from these locations in he past.
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Old 10-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #48
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I was fishing plastic worms for steelhead over 30 years ago. Being a tournament bass fisherman and a lure manufacturer, I didn't know any better. It worked even though I got a lot of "what the h@#$ is that idiot doing" looks.
I've been using pink worms for about 15 yrs now. They were money down on the Rogue. Seem to work well everywhere. Berkley bubble gum is my worm of choice. 2 of my 20 lb steelhead were caught on pinky, including a 25 lber. Funny thing is, I only seem to run it when nothing else is working. I thread it on my hook with about an inch of tail hanging out and side drift them just like a bait of eggs.
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I don't know if its just by chance or just me BUT when I put eyes on my white jig head it seems to make all the difference for some reason? 4 inch mad river, white jig head with black dots like eyes.
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What's the thinking behind this design? Very interested
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