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Twister Tail Grubs

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I know there's fly imitations similar to these, but I'm talking literally about the soft plastic twister tail grubs, that you'd typically put on a jighead and fish with spin gear.

Does anyone ever put the smaller versions of these (say 3" or smaller) on a bare, unweighted hook, and fish it with a fly rod? They're deadly on spin gear in small to medium WW streams. Thinking of trying it.

The tail often rips or tears out of the fly style imitations prematurely, after just a couple short strikes from fish sometimes. You can get the soft plastic twister tail grubs in bulk much cheaper than buying or tying the fly version.

Posted on: 10/11 9:20


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Fly fished with a weighted jig head with gulps for stripers in Ocean City. It worked well. White was the color.

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I don't know about the 3" grubs but I got some grubs that are about 1" that would probably work great with a small fly fishing jig hook. Since I'm not a purist, I think I'll give it a go if the freaking water ever comes down.

Posted on: 10/11 20:12


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Swattie87 wrote:
I know there's fly imitations similar to these, but I'm talking literally about the soft plastic twister tail grubs, that you'd typically put on a jighead and fish with spin gear.

Does anyone ever put the smaller versions of these (say 3" or smaller) on a bare, unweighted hook, and fish it with a fly rod?


I've never done this with a fly rod - I love my flies too much and regard them as superior to molded plastic - however such an effort would probably catch a lot of fish. There's a reason soft plastics are so popular with river spin fishermen, especially tube jigs. Fishing a small Mister Twister unweighted on a fly rod should work very well, especially up and across.

If you give it a try, spend some time with a similar fly and see if the plastic really does out-fish similar flies. I'm willing to bet it doesn't.


Posted on: 10/11 21:16


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Never tried rubber grubs before but have done a some true nymphing using helgermites and yes they will out catch most tied flys.Its actually a very good way for a beginner to learn to nymph with out the getting bored because your not catching anything.

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Re: Twister Tail Grubs

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Many years ago, I took my bro-in-law with me on an overnight backpack trip in the ANF and, with some misgivings, I agreed that we would kill and fry up a skillet of brookies. Just one though..

He doesn't fly fish, so I had him bring his UL spin outfit and I gave him a handful of white 1/16 oz. twisters and told him to cast them up in the heads of the pools and bounce them back to him on the retrieve. Then, we parted and headed for different sections of the stream, agreeing to meet back at the campsite in 4-5 hours, combine our catches and we'd fire up the Coleman stove and fry em up.

I figured he might get 1 or 2 at most and the lion's share of the burden would fall on me. So, I fished hard on top and subsurface. I managed to get my five fish, all between 6.999 and 7.002 inches long, as well as another 30-40 or so dinks. I figured it wasn't going to be much of a brookie fry...

When I got back, he was grinning ear to ear and dumped 5 brook trout between 8 and 10" out of his creel onto the ground.

Those little twister grubs are murder if fished correctly and evidently, even if fish only halfway correctly by some one who pretty much had never fished for small stream wild trout.

I'd never underestimate them. I'm not even sure they should be legal...:)

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Being equally enthused with a spinning outfit or a fly rod, I have no doubt that rubber will outfish flys. But like anything, somedays the flies will win out and sometime the rubber will win out. However I do believe over time rubber wins out hands down.

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