Have any of you seen these before, I hadn't until a month ago. They're called wiggle tails and are designed by an Italian chap called Paolo Pacchiarini who I'd also never heard of before. Anyway he's some well known Italian fly fisherman with a number of world records behind his belt.
They're made from a new innovative material called "Scale skin" whereby material is skinned with a metallic film through lamination which allows it to have more mobility,resistance and vibration emissions than other softer less water proof materials on the market. They come in several colours in a packet and from what my Italian friends were saying cost around €6,00. I would have liked to have seen a Black,dark purple and dark blue variation for low light conditions being produced and maybe a conversation with Paolo might get me the answers I'm looking for.
You can tie them directly onto the back of the hook near the bend (See video tutorial) but they are best fished tied onto these handy clips making them interchangable. The clips on the right are tied onto the hook while the wiggle tails are attached to the smaller clips.
To be honest I didn't see them catch many pike with them while Giorgio was over but looking at the end of this video they seem to attract and catch all manner of fish from Pike,Peacock Bass,Tarpon etc etc
Heres a small video I made a few weeks back showing them underwater
And here's a great tying tutorial for a small wiggle tail baitfish as well. I've trawled the net to see who stocks these Wiggle tails and came up short. One can buy them direct from their "Fishon website" though. I was kindly given a packet of these and will be tying up some flies with them over the next week to be used in the Autumn. Have any of you used them and had success with them cause some feedback would be usefull.