While I don't use them as much as I used to for one reason or another, I had great luck on Gregs wobblers, including the wolly pog over the past 15 or so years. Not being a fan of the heavy envirotex coating, I used to have him just paint them up for me without the coating. Then, just like my rylures, I use gun stock varnish on the hook rash and tooth scarring, and they almost become petrified. While they don't look pretty at all, they last much longer than my other lures that start out much prettier with the heavy clear coat.
I also used to have greg customize my wobblers/pogs in some other ways, that really made them attractive and great hooking lures. Had so much luck with one, that I had him make a half dozen more in different colors and size nuances. They really had a unique 'clack' to them and could be retrieved relatively quickly for a surface wobbler for times when needed. Love the story of his baits, and how delightful he was to work with. Wonder if he still carves them with that big knife.
While I love my Rylures for beauty and durability and the fact Ryan is a good friend, Greg Nimmer is one of very few that I'd put in that league for design, and unique quality lures that are art but catch fish. I really like Ev Kolsteds lures too, which can be tough to find. He learned luremaking from Greg N. and used to make some absolutely beautiful wobblers and creepers for me. It has been nearly 10 years since I've gotten a lure from him. If anyone knows him or has his contact, please advise. Thank you.
[This post was last edited on 2/20/13 at 10:18 PM]