Pattern Rubber Bandit Worm

#3
Looks so bassy it's sick. It's gonna swim upside down though, right? with the eyes positioned that way? think it might need to be moved down...
 

Brad Niemeyer

Old School Member
#4
Yes you are right, :eek:on that one I colored the wrong side. The eyes should flip it to ride hook up and the top becomes the bottom. Here are some color variations without the eyes.
 

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Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#5
That would be a good one for surf perch, and maybe kelp greenling, too. Rockfish would grab that thing. I once saw a guy doing well catching surf perch with a 2-hook, stinger setup on a red 2" worm that wasn't even that good looking. He was lobbing it with spinning gear, Carolina rigged with a sliding sinker, though.
 
#7
Nice looking fishy flies! How well do the rubber band flies age in the fly box? I have had rubber bands break down fairly fast, is there something that you coat the rubber band with to protect it from oxidation? :beer2:
 

Brad Niemeyer

Old School Member
#8
Nearly any material will oxidize/degrade over time. I apply nail polish to seal and protect the body section, but the tail needs to remain flexible. I suppose you could oil it, or smear it with Sunscreen? I've been using the Rubber bands that hold bunches of broccoli together, so the material is virtually free.

These are tied to fish, not to sit in the box. I doubt I will have many left over since I throw these right up into the lily pads, drag them over logs, and bounce them off of docks.

If it lasts long enough to fool one 5 pound largemouth it has served me well!;)
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#10
Nearly any material will oxidize/degrade over time. I apply nail polish to seal and protect the body section, but the tail needs to remain flexible. I suppose you could oil it, or smear it with Sunscreen? I've been using the Rubber bands that hold bunches of broccoli together, so the material is virtually free.

These are tied to fish, not to sit in the box. I doubt I will have many left over since I throw these right up into the lily pads, drag them over logs, and bounce them off of docks.

If it lasts long enough to fool one 5 pound largemouth it has served me well!;)
I just had the rubber legs on a 3 yr old foam beetle crumble off. They were stiff and crumbly.

The produce guy at the market I shop must be hoarding those big blue broccoli rubber bands now. I used to be able to get them with my broccoli, but no more. Now, big rubber bands are scarce around my house.
 

Brad Niemeyer

Old School Member
#11
Prismacolor permanent markers and also a permanent furniture "touch up" marker. Any broad nib permanent marker should work, although a Sharpie will give you a slightly different effect :ray1:
I use pre-colored "produce" rubber bands on some of these. Natural tan makes the best base to hit with marker.
 

Brad Niemeyer

Old School Member
#14
Cut strips from a bicycle inner tube used instead of rubber bands. A bit of foam glued to the tail end gives that enticing tail up diving wiggle action. The evolution of a bass worm continues...