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EZ eggs and EZ worms from Northwest Guide Baits, located in Olympia Washington, take soft plastic steelhead lures to a new level.

Iíve been a fan of soft plastic eggs for years.  Each brand has its niche, but all of the products Iíve tried previously had limitations.  EZ eggs hits the perfect balance of size, floatation, color, tackiness and scent.  

Size:  EZ eggs come in a strand of individual salmon roe size baits.  These can be used individually, in small clusters, or if desired, in full golf ball sized gobs a la the Tillamook Cocktail.
EZ Worms are 6Ē long and can be easily trimmed to fit your application.

Floatation:  EZ eggs and EZ Worms are just slightly more than neutrally buoyant.  This keeps your presentation in the zone longer.  It also gives tipped jigs a nice level presentation.

Color:  EZ eggs come in six colors; Pink, Red, Orange, Chartreuse, Blue and even a Glow in the Dark White.
|EZ worms come in Red, Pink and Hot Pink.    

Tackiness:  This is an often overlooked quality.  Most soft plastics tend to slip on the hook.  EZ eggs and EZ worms grip the hook and the line, keeping your presentation more natural.

Scent:  EZ eggs and EZ worms advertise themselves as having ďreal shrimp flavorĒ.  I donít know about that but their lack of any distinguishable plastic odor is a big plus.  

I recently put EZ eggs and EZ worms to the test in the most demanding of circumstances, cold, low, gin-clear water.  These conditions can be maddening as the fish have lots of time to inspect and ultimately reject your bait.  Worse yet, anything that doesnít look, smell or move naturally will cause Steelhead to run for cover.

While I didnít break any records, I did manage one hook-up on an egg tipped jig under a bobber.  This one didnít stay on long as it threw the hook in a couple of seconds.  


Later, I picked up a small buck on a drift fished EZ Worm with two individual eggs for contrast.  


Towards the end of the day I had a large steelhead slam a string of drift fished eggs, nearly spooling me before breaking my 8lb leader.  


Not bad results considering the conditions.  EZ eggs and EZ worms have definitely earned their own pocket in my fishing vest.  



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1) Re: EZ Eggs and EZ Worms
Written by [WR] on April 25, 2009, 10:35:40 AM
discovered these last year by accident while window shopping at a tackle store and impulse bought 2 packs of red /orange and two of pinkish white///maybe they were old?

anyway, i added a bit of "flavor" to one package of each using a bottle of Mike's scent attractant in krill. just open the package, pump in the scen t, then reseal and let the eggs absorb it. 

also found that it's best to use a larger than normal bait loop on your rig, and wrap the strand into a ball/oval etc around the hook but dont nmake it too perfect. then pull the loop tight.. they seem to stay on a lot longer that way.

SPOT's right, these are a great alternative to the real thing.
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