As conservation becomes a bigger issue more areas are becoming bait free zones. Soft plastics offer a realistic substitute for the use of bait. If you are fishing a area where bait is allowed scented plastics are available or you can scent them yourself. Soft Plastic give the steelhead a chance to chew on lure with out the hardness of a Corkies or spin glow.
Soft Plastic will eat away your painted lures or plastic trays, so keep them sealed tightly in plastic Ziploc bags
Worm fishing requires the use of a single hook or a longer space between doubles to string the worm. If you are having problems with the worm ripping, tie a piece of yarn around area where rips are occurring. Pictured above is the "beenie weenie" famous in Canadian Waters.
These usually have a hole thought the center and can be easily rigged with normal leaders. If you want the egg imitation to stay down by hooks, place a toothpick in the hole.
Custom soft plastics
Custom soft plastics are not that difficult to make with the proper equipment.
This next couple steps must be done rapidly since plastic sets up if over cooked.