Everything I know about paddlebugs I learned from _colorado. He is wise and knows a lot of stuff, including stuff about paddlebugs and where to buy them. : ;D And FlyChucker, too. He tipped me off to Wally World.
It's a soft plastic lure rigged on a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce jighead. Wal-Mart has them (at least they had some a week ago). You can also order them from www.crappielures.com.
I dont ice fish (it would give Dan a chance to see if 70 inch Rottal would fit through a 10 inch hole) but thats one jig ive had alot of luck with while fishing for crappie...it beat my old time favorite, the chartruese twistertail. Now when i get the urge to catch crappie on light spinning tackle thats what i usually throw...it doesnt surprise me that you guys do well on trout with them.