I've read some articles and i believe posts on this forum about steelheaders using plastic pink worms to catch steel so i made a marabou pattern with a pink chenille tail. I would like to make the tail a little longer for a more noticeable action, but i am afraid of short strikes. for the people who have experience with short strikes, do you think i would be o.k. adding a little more length to the tail? right now the tail is a little over an inch. also i fished it on the cowlitz when i was home a couple of weeks ago and the fly looks great in the water, but after a handful of casts the tail started to fray. the tail is made of sparkle chenille, is there anything i do to the tail to give it a little more strength or is there a better material that i can use?