One of the things I really like about Jimmy Davis of Mad River Mfg. is that he’s always thinking of ways to add to his already impressive lineup of salmon & steelhead gear.
His latest two entries are Hard Fish Pills and Floaties. Mad River Mfg.’s soft Fish Pills are extremely popular for anglers drifting bait, the new hard models are likely to be a hit as well.
“Hard Fish Pills have the same basic
uses as Corkies or Cheaters (Drift fishing with bait, added to yarnies fished all by themselves and used as float heads for plastic worms),” says Davis. “The difference is Hard Fish Pills don’t have that hard ‘candy’ shell like the others; they float better for their size; and they cost about half of what Corkies do.”
Davis says his new Floaties are buoyant plastic beads with many uses.
To learn more: www.madrivermanufacturing.com
When Lindy Fishing Tackle released their new River Rocker plugs last season, the general reaction from West Coast steelheaders was: “Cool looking plug and it runs great, but what’s with the colors?”
The River Rockers, which come in a 2 3/8-inch size and a 3 1/8-inch size, came from the factory with beautiful paint jobs…but not many that Western anglers sought. So, the company listened…and today introduced some new finishes, including one of my all-time favorite steelhead colors, “Doctor Death” (In the Lindy lineup, it’s called “Black Eye”). I’m fired up to give ’em a shot, but with 90+ degree temps down here in Sacramento right now, winter seems a loooong way off!
To see the entire lineup of River Rockers, click HERE
If you haven’t heard about it by now, let me introduce you to the biggest breakthrough in bass fishing to come down the pike since the SENKO: The Alabama Rig.
Some pros have been using this thing for years: The Alabama Rig is basically an umbrella rig like they use for stripers in the ocean on the East Coast that has several lures attached to it. Swimbaits, grubs, jerk shad and even spinnerbaits work well with it and what you end up with is a “school of fish” effect.
Well, the cat’s outta the bag now thanks to Paul Elias’ dominant win at on at last week’s Walmart FLW Tour stop on Lake Guntersville. Elias blew the field completely outta the water and that set the bass world abuzz and anglers everywhere scrambling to find these rigs. Expect many production editions coming to a shop near you soon, including the “Rago Baitball,” designed by veteran pro Jerry Rago, who’s been secretly using the umbrella rig for years. Rago’s version will be available through Tackle Warehouse soon.
Experts predict that the Alabama Rig will completely change and perhaps ruin many lakes for a few years and then the bass will get used to it and everybody will be onto the next big thing. Before you run out and buy one, be sure to check your state’s regulations to see how many lures you can legally use on one line. Read more HERE
Berkley’s new NanoFiL line has really been creating a buzz in the fishing world over the past few months since the iCAST show in Vegas. Through the grapevine, I’d been hearing some really good stuff about the stuff but didn’t have a chance to try it out until recently.
But first, let me back up here and try to explain what the hype’s been all about. Berkley says that the line isn’t a mono or a braid, but rather “The Next Generation of fishing line.” It is made out of gel-spun polyethylene, much like a superline, that consist of hundreds of Dyneema (“The World’s Strongest Fiber”) nanofilaments . The filaments are molecularly linked and shaped by “unified filament technology” into a unified filament fishing line.
In layman’s terms, the fibers that make up the line aren’t braided but instead all run the same direction, so you end up with a smooth finish (made very strong by the Dyneema) rather than they typical rough feel of regular braid. So, basically, Berkley is saying that you can have your cake and eat it too. I was eager to find out…Click here to read more…
So, what’s the best lure color? Easy answer: the one that’s been all chewed off by fish! Check out this Wordens/Yakima Bait MagLip plug that guide Bob Toman used to catch 43 kings in two days on Alaska’s Nushagak River.
Before being put into service two days prior, this thing was a pretty green/chartreuse/pink polka-dotted affair. Kinda makes you wonder about all the thought we put into lure color doesn’t it? I’ll take one that swims right any day over one with the perfect paint scheme!