Many years ago, I read an article on bluegill fishing in Florida. The author was a professional fisheries biologist and had made quite a study of different artificial baits. He found that small, dark-colored jigs (1/16th ounce or smaller) tipped with a white pork rind or similar substance seemed to get the most strikes/casts. I tried it and was quite successful with an ultra-light spinning rod. Then I transferred the idea to fly rod baits by using dark nymphs tipped with white. I found a white leather golfing glove (not a golfer) and cut it into tiny "pork rind" strips. The leather does not dry as hard as real pork rind. Another good material can be made using very fine nylon mesh and white silicone caulk. Just smear the caulk thinly on the mesh on a piece of wax paper or saran wrap. After it sets up, cut it into strips. This stuff never dries out. The fly rod is my favorite bluegill tool. A 7-foot 3/4 weight with a weight-forward floating line, tapered knotless leader, and as light a tippet as I can see to tie is my choice. Gets kind of exciting when something bigger hits the jig. Now, I don't throw rocks at crickets and wax worms either. Dry flies over a shallow spawning bed create some excitement, too.