Adding a thick combed out dubbing body to your streamers is a must for smallmouth, predatory trout or even those big toothed critters (pike). I fish for a lot of pike when I have a chance to visit my local stream and I'm always using 4-5 inch streamer bodies. I've found a small tool very helpful in getting my patterns to pike chompable morsels and also retain some durability, it's a dubbing spinner. I had one that came with my tying kit, it just sucked to use.
So I dug through my garage and frankensteined a suitable replacement that did the job for absolutely no cost. It's made from a sink strainer, paperclip and super glue.
Here's how to make your own if you have the need.
Around the house and useful: (or reasonably obtained)
After getting started tying I realized that ideas were everywhere. I no longer rolled my eyes and faked being sick when the wife wanted to go shopping. I was on patrol. You start looking at the crafts section for beads, feathers, chenille, yarn types, waxed thread, waterproof glue, etc. I am proud to say that my wife actually waited in the car while I begged her stop at a Joann fabric joint.
Robbie is the creator of WF and loves to spend time in the outdoors chasing steelhead, upland birds, and the beauty of nature.