Mini Rubber Wiggle Tails for Fly Fishing (MRWT/T1/ )

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Product Code: MRWT/T1/
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Mini Rubber Wiggle Tails for Fly Fishing (MRWT/T1/ )

These are a brilliant product for making small mini wiggle tail flies and to enhance ready tied flies by adding one of these tails to the fly.

There are three main ways to fix them to hooks, the first is to tie them the traditional way along the shank of the hook and then add extra fibres to the hook. The second way is to fix them directly to the hook by pushing the hook point through the rubber body. For added strength it is best to double up the front of the body and fit the hook so that it goes twice through the body at the head end. Using rubber solution to glue the front doubled over head is also well worth doing for extra strength, Some of these flies have an extra tag at the front for this or for tying along the hook shank the traditional way. The third way is similar to the second way and once fitted simply tie a few turns of tying thread around the hook bend and over the body to secure the body firmly to the hook, another option is to add a dab of glue once they are on the hook. If needed add extra fibres at the front of the hook. These tails can be tied either with the tail bend facing up or down wards or when they are fitted directly to the hook they can just as easily face sideways to the hook bend.

We prefer to use down eyed nymph hooks with the rubber tail fitted and/or tied so that it is on the bend of the hook and not along the hook shank. This is because the tail will wiggle more intensely especially at slow speeds of retrieve. The other advantage is that the tail will be well away from any fibres at the front of the hook that could interfere with the tail wiggle. With down eyed nymph type hooks we have found that if the hook only has the rubber body on the hook at the hook bend, this allows for a very effective way of tying the hook to the nylon. Firstly put the line through the hook eye and tie the knot on the hook shank and not the hook eye. This makes the hook and rubber tails align better when being retrieved.

Sink putty, copper/lead wire and Split shot can be added to either the leader in front of the fly or on the tag end of the knot. 

When you want to fish close to the bottom or right on the bottom, with the hook point facing away from the bottom. It is a simple matter to tie the hook knot with an extra long tag end for fitting a small split shot the opposite side to the hook point. When tying  and the tag end of the knot inadvertently ends up on the wrong side, it is a simple matter of putting the tag end back through the hook eye so that it is on the opposite side of the hook point. This way when  split shot is added and the fly is retrieved close to the bottom the hook point will be on top with much less chance of constantly snagging up on the bottom. When a fly is made with foam tied to the shank and a rubber tail is added and the split shot is put onto the tag end, the fly will float of the bottom. With very long tag ends it is possible to retrieve the fly at various depths that you want. If the split shot catches up on anything it will normally slide over the obstruction or be pulled of the line and the fly can be retrieved and a new split shot added on to the line again. This method of fishing close to the bottom is a very effective method of keeping both the leader and the fly off the bottom, with much less chance of snagging up.

With the second method of fitting a rubber tail over the hook point and round to the hook bend without tying it to the hook, this allows for quick changes of the bodies to different types, size or colours. This is done by either squeezing down the hook barb to make the hook barbless or almost barbless and we find that the bodies still stay on the hook when used this way. This is called the QUICK CHANGE METHOD and we have a selection of other types of larger flies that are used this way. It is a simple quick and effective way of changing flies without having to constantly remove and re-tie the hook and saves on leaders constantly shortening whenever a new fly is tied. These rubber tails can also be used with barbed hooks and it is a simple matter of fitting them on to the hook via the hook point and when removing them firstly pull the rubber body over the hook point and then back to remove them from the barb that will still be holding the body.

 With ready tied flies that you want to fit with one of these rubbers or leather wiggle bodies for extra attraction and enhancement of the fly. For best results and to ensure that that the tail wiggles well, only fit them to flies that have short fibres that do not overlap the tail too much.  For flies with long overlapping fibres, use a long rubber body that hangs further back then the fibres.

Extra colours can be added with indelible ink felt tip marker pens.

 One other interesting point concerning this type of tail is the fact that some times when fitted to a hook they will spin. Now’ normally this could be a problem, but we have found that this can be made to work in the anglers favour. If you look on our on line shop, you will see that we have deliberately designed a rubber tailed fly that has this type of spin. This is called DELAYED ENERGY RELEASE =  D.E.R for short and this was designed so that the fly will deliberately spin and energy could be stored up in the leader as it is twisted and when the fly is  stopped the fly will  spin and unwind in the opposite direction. This method of stop /star spinning, works best in still waters.  For flowing waters the fly will spin first one way then stop and begin to spin in the opposite way this will be repeated to the end of the retrieve. All this is explained in more detail on our online shop.

With the chamois leather types of wiggle bodies they have one other added attraction and are something to experiment with. That is’ they can be soaked in various fish attracting flavours. Normally we would recommend flavours such as fish, prawn, shrimp and worm oils and flavourings. Recently we gave several of these types of chamois leather flies to a friend to try out and he made the comment that he would try them with strawberry flavour; I was going to say something but chose not to. The next time that I saw him, he could not wait to tell me about the nice chub that he was catching on these flies. Whether it was the flies and /or the flavouring only time and more experimenting will tell.  It is a well excepted Belief, Bourne out by long time experience of many other anglers that flavours do work with course and sea fish. As for game fish there is much heated debate on whether they work or not, but it is well worth taking the trouble to experiment and chamois and suede leather is an ideal material to hold these flavours and at the same time have a fly that wiggles. 


1. With their long tag at the front this makes them ideal for tying onto the hook shank to make flies the traditional way and then adding extra fibres at the front of the fly. Ideal for down eyed nymph hooks and straight eyed hooks in sizes 10, 12, 16.

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                   10 per pack (Mixed Colours)

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