Everything about the Fuzz-E-Grub screams fish, from the soft-plastic body to the bulging eyes to the seductively waving marabou tail. With this bait, it’s all about subtlety—where other jigs rely more on antagonizing fish to bite, the Fuzz-E-Grub teases, and few trout can resist its charms. It’s often thought of more as a bass or walleye bait, but experienced trout anglers have long recognized its effectiveness on reluctant trout. While the jig is available in a wide range of colours, trout anglers lean toward the all-white, crawfish orange and black/chartreuse versions.
Catch: Brook, brown, bull and lake trout
When: Spring is best, but it produces all year
Where: Target structure and undercut banks on streams and rivers; shoreline cobble and rocky humps in lakes
How: Fish it vertically, or cast toward structure and slowly bump it back along bottom