the full article from the Oregon Fishing and Hunting News, March
(by Pat Hogland)
Mr. Steelhead, meet Mr. Wiggly
Dave Robinson thinks he's found a way to build a better mouse trap. Check
that. He insists he's found a better way to catch steelhead.
Using a glue that stays bonded in water, he's married a drift bobber
and the tails of a Mister Twister twin tail grub, creating what he
calls a "Mr. Wiggly".
bothered me when you're fishing and you come to a good pice of
steelhead water but you don't have a good bait on. All you have
is a small glob of eggs, so you throw it in there anyway and hope that
you catch a fish, but you don't. With this thing, you can always
count on having a lure that attracts fish," he says.
Inspiration hit when he was crappie
fishing in Alabama. " I saw that thing(a Mister Twister
twin-tail grub) coming back in the water and said, "Oh
He began experimenting with his
steelhead gear. Starting with a Corky drift bobber, he glued the
tails of the plastic grub to it and, thus, Mr Wiggly was born.
It looks fishy, and a growing number of Northwest steelhead fishermen
swear by them.
Finding the right glue was the trick.
Two years ago, he bought a bottle from a vendor at a sportsman show.
The glue called Miracle Glue, maintains its bond in water.
Robinson's propensity to tweak with
outdoor gear is well known. As head of hunting a fishing
accessories for Columbia Sportswear in Portland, his reputation on
this front precedes him. He's been behind many design changes
within the company, and he's designed many flies for fly fishing.
"When you're fishing for steelhead, if you just go buy the stuff,
it's not as exciting as when you go out and improve on it. Doing
this kind of stuff only enhances the sport for me. It's like
tying flies. You get a better appreciation for fly fishing when
you design your own flies and catch fish on them," says Robinson.
To make sure they work, we checked with
several people who have fished with Robinson and his Mr. Wiggly.
Dave Schamp, former F&H News columnist, fished the Siletz
River last year when the lure was still in the experimental stage.
"They work. I've seen them
in action," he says. "A year ago on the Siletz when we
fished the Steelhead Roundup and he caught five steelhead that day,
three of which came on the new lure."
"That was a decent day," says
If there's any trend to note with these
lures, it's that they have a tendency to hook only bucks. In
fact, we know of no hens caught.
"I think the bucks are more
territorial and aggressive. The hate things messing with nests,
and one theory is those wings look like minnows pecking away at eggs.
I don't know if that's true but it sure does stimulate bites from
males rather than females," he says.
The lures are relatively simple to
make. Robinson has used Corkies and Spin-N-Glos and a variety of
other drift bobbers. Corkies are the favored drift bobber.
Next you need the right glue. A 10 gram bottle of Miracle Glue
sell for $10. It costs $15 for a 20 gram bottle. You can
send a check or money order to Martin Jones [PO Box 1417, McMinnville
OR 97128] or you can go to the Web site
Call (877) 288-5525 for more information.
- Pat Hogland"
Miracle Glue dries clear and flexible and has a much longer shelf life than Superglue or Crazy Glue.
Please check out
of Uses section for numerous
other applications of the glue. You can go straight to the
pricing and order section here.
purchase Miracle Glue here.