Alan Bithell has already contributed several treats on TLC and on today’s wormy menu we have another yummy:
a red earthworm that has rings of a brighter color, often found in manure, and used as bait by anglers and in composting kitchen waste.
[Eisenia fetida, family Lumbricidae.]
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from brand + -ling.
When roughly handled, an Eisenia fetida exudes a pungent liquid, thus the specific name foetida meaning foul-smelling. This is presumably an antipredator adaptation.
and here’s the beast but the best news is this one catches a lot of fish because just about every fish loves to eat worms and maybe more importantly, this one doesn’t exude anything, not even stink…
lead foil being optional, apart from the hook and thread, there’s only two ingredients:
rubber stretch skin and a protective finishing coat of your preference.
as noted in the text, the only challenge here is getting the stretch skin’s tension right. play around with this a little and it’ll be spot on in no time. besides, if it doesn’t look right, simply unwind and try again.
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