This bait is designed to be tossed shallow and slowly worked down a steep break to depth. At this point, it will be moseyed along the bottom. Cold water smallies aren't in a hurry.
Skirt materials: A few strands of flash on each side of the head will do. LurePartsOnline Bio-Silk is lively stuff. 220 denier thread lashes it all together.
The SPRO-Gamakatsu size 0 BB interlock swivel ensures a quick swap of blade size, type and finish. I am also sure that there's no way I'll be attempting to open a fine wire split ring in a small boat that's rocking!
We'll be dropping in on chilly Quabbin smallies during the opening week of the season.