The SoftPLUGs are now available in extremely durable HardPLUG versions.
There are some distinct advantages to the new "Hard Body" Weedless FingerLings and Micro PLUGs. Of course they are much more durable, but they also allow you to change the tail in seconds. You can change from bucktail to a feather tail or some other synthetic material that will totally change the action and appearance. You can even add a spinner to create a "prop bait" for noise attraction. You can also change to a cork screw device that will allow you to use soft plastic "action tails", which will change a Weedless FingerLing™ PlugBUG™ to an "Action Tail" Weedless FingerLing™ in seconds.
There are two distinct Series of Designer Weedless SoftPlugs™
There are the PlugBUG SoftPlug Series™ with the permanent feather, hackle, and/or hair Tails as in the photo above.
And also, there are the ActionTail SoftPlug Series™ as in the photo above.
The tails are not permanent on this Series. In fact, they are designed to change the tails to various styles of soft plastic worm tails that can dramatically change the appearance and behavior of the lure to match the mood of the fish on that particular day or moment in time. Some can be subtle for shallow, calm water and spooky fish as in the photo above with a Zoom SpinnerBait Trailer.
Or, some can be noisy and even affect the action of the lure as in the photo above.
There are currently two sizes of Weedless SoftPlugs™. These four in the above photo are the much smaller MicroPlug BUGs. You can also order these in the "Action Tail" style for use with soft plastic tails also. The larger SoftPlugs at the top of the page are the Fingerling size of Weedless SoftPlugs™.
There are two styles of very effective weedguards for the SoftPlugs™. The Weedless FingerLing SoftPlug™ pictured above exhibits the Pelvic Fin Weedguard™ which is extremely durable and very quickly replaceable if it is ever needed to do so. The four fin rays of this weedguard are adjustable by bending and make it nearly impossible for weeds to get through.
The MicroPlug™ above has an Allen Loop which is an old method of making fly poppers weedless. It is named after its inventor, a Florida fishing guide named Bob Allen, who once guided fly fishermen in the Everglades for bass. It works especially well on the SoftPlugs™ because they will run hook side up when you speed up the retrieve to run the lure over very thick vegetation to the next open pocket. The Loop helps to quickly invert the Plug with the hook upright by bumping against obstructions and protecting the hook point while running fast over the obstructions. When the Plug reaches open water or slows down, the Plug returns to the "hook-down" position. This side swimming behavior actually mimics the bahavior of a panicking baitfish, expecting to be hit from below.
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