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Im pretty excited by the new RAPALA FLAT RAP series of lures. They are available in the same configuration as my favorite ORIGINAL FLOATING RAPALA MINNOW. That would be black and gold with a length of 2.5 inches. Im going to order a few next week. pictures to follow. for now read the manufacturers description below.

Rapala Flat Rap Lures, at first glance, look like any standard Rapala lure. Then you start to notice the difference in the flat sides and triangle lip. Built of balsa with a slow-rising response on retrieve pause, the Flat Rap swims with a hard-flashing modification of the classic Rapala “wounded-minnow” action. The triangle lip enhances the quicker action while deflecting off obstacles in its way. Each Flat Rap is hand-tuned and tank-tested to ensure it embodies the fish-catching action Rapala is known for.

The quick flashing swimming action of the Flat Rap entices instinctual bites from all freshwater gamefish species including Bass, Walleye, Pike, Musky, Trout, Salmon and Panfish.

Additional features of these baits include the following:

  • Flat-Sided For Hard Flashing Action
  • Triangle Shaped Lip Enhances Action
  • Design Allows Long Distance Casts
  • Slow-Rising
  • Balsa Wood Construction
  • VMC Black Nickel Hooks
  • Great For Casting And Trolling

Rapala Fat Rap Lure Options

Stream Rig for Trout

Stream Rig for Trout

When my parents bought a weekend cabin in Malone NY I was blessed with a wonderful place to fish with a 15 minute walk through the woods. This wonderful place was the Salmon River. The Salmon River was the best trout stream I have ever fished to this day. The section of river I mostly fished was about 30 feet wide and 75 feet or so of river bank. In the early days of fishing this section of stream we fished with mostly night crawlers and a lot of frustration. The river was Im guessing 5 feet deep in the center with a very swift current that was littered with boulders and rocks. This scenario created a challenge in getting the worm to the trout.

Fishing with no weight the worm would just stay at the surface for it’s 15 second trip through the fishing zone. Adding enough weight to get the worm to the depth of the fish resulted in constantly getting snagged and broken line. As I stated above frustrating.

As luck would have it my dad was talking to an old timer at work who happened to be a life long fisherman. This gentlemen explained the problem and described a great solution. That solution is often referred to as a STREAM RIG. This stream rig is simple and brilliant. You only need to add one or two items to your tackle box. These items are split shot sinkers and three way swivels.

The cause of the line getting caught was weights getting hung up in the rocks. The stream rig eliminates this by locating the split shot sinkers on a separate line called a dropper leader where the weights can become sacrificial. When done correctly the split shot will just pull off the dropper leader leaving everything else in tact. Worse case you will break the dropper leader with the snap shot but that rare. As added protection I use a line weight for the dropper leader that much less than that of the main line the hook is attached too. I typically use 6 pound test line with two to four pound test for the dropper leader.
There is an additional benefit to getting the split shot off of your primary line. By placing the split shot on your line you are slightly damaging the lines integrity.

Look at the image below for an example of the Stream Rig For Trout

Stream Rig for Trout
Stream Rig for Trout

Weight selection: You will need to let conditions and lure type and size dictate how much weight to use. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Finally this rig is not just for trout fishing with worms. You can use it for any bait or lure that’s having difficulty reaching it’s desired depth. I will often use this stream rig with a floating Rapala. I prefer the action of the floating Rapala to that of a weighted or sinking Rapala.

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Look Alive, Slow Down for Fall Fishing

I get the is my inbox from Rapala. It’s worthy of blogging here.

Most anglers don’t have as much experience fishing the colder water of autumn as they do the summer months. Let’s make this your best fall ever, with some proven tactics.

First, a general thought that can help a lot: keep your baits lively, but slow them down as water temps drop. It’s not enough to just “slow things down” if you kill the life of your baits. It’s important to choose lures that have good action at slower speeds.

Quick, but Slow
Just as in ‘summer’ fishing, quickly searching a lot of possible spots is a huge key to success. You have to find the fish before you can catch ‘em. Trolling and casting Rapalas remains an ideal strategy.

Original Floating Rapalas, Shad Raps, Tail Dancers, and Trolls-To Minnows are excellent fall choices, because they come to life at slow speeds. The Jointed Shad Rap is a sleeper fall bait that has phenomenal slow-speed action.

For casting, the DT Family, X-Raps, and MaxRap are perfect.

Whether trolling or casting, how you present the bait is a big deal. For example, in the warm water of midsummer, a hard-cutting aggressive presentation, with lots of wild sharp twitches, can be the ticket when fishing an X-Rap.

But you have to slow down that same bait, in most cases, to do well in fall.

Rather than slash-and-dash, think pull-and-pause as the water cools.

In cold water, between twitches or pulls, give the X-Rap time to roll upright and suspend. Allow the lure to come to rest and appear alive but vulnerable. Sometimes, the longer the pause, the better.

Take this same approach with every lure. Keep it looking alive, but easy to grab.

Triggering with Soft Baits
Another deadly fall tactic is to fish Trigger X soft baits in likely areas.

Fall fish are famous for concentrating in defined areas. When you find a good bunch of fish, it’s a situation tailor made for introducing Ultrabite pheromones!

In colder water, subtle baits like the Trigger X Spadetail Worm and Flutter Worm are often the ticket. In heavy cover, try rigging them weedless on a VMC Dominator Shaky jig head. Where snags are less likely, try the Trigger X Tube rigged with an exposed hook on a VMC Dominator Half Moon jig head.

Whatever you do, don’t give up on fishing before you give the fall a good go!

Old Lure Designs Still Work

Each year fisherman spend millions of dollars on fishing tackle. We are constantly bombarded with new fishing lures promising to be better than anything before it.  The lures have photo finishes to look like actual fish, they have bodies that replicate the swimming action of bait fish and fry.

I personally buy into this hype continuously.  However several recent fishing outing have reminded me that often times the oldest lure designs still stand the test of time. While bass fishing a few weeks ago nobody around me was catching anything. I threw most of my favorite lures without success as well. Finally as a last ditch effort I switched to a Heddon Torpedo. The Heddon Torpedo has been around for almost a century. Before you know it the water was exploding with bass.

Heddon Tiny Torpedo
Heddon Torpedo

This past Friday drove the point home again while fishing for Trout on the  Housatonic River in Kent, Connecticut. We were catching a trout here and there and we can see a lot of trout following the lure but they just weren’t taking the lure. My fishing partner switched to an Al’s Original Goldfish and began to catch a trout every few casts.

Al's Goldfish
Al's Original Goldfish

I thought it would be interesting to try the various lure’s in my tackle box that mimicked the Al’s Goldfish the closest. No luck, for whatever reason The trout remained mostly uninterested. That got me thinking. When we fished this exact location last spring the landowner had made a lure recommendation. Based upon that recommendation and as an afterthought I ordered the lure he recommended a few days before this fishing trip. This lure is the Worden’s Original Rooster Tail.

Worden's Original Rooster Tail
Worden's Original Rooster Tail

Fortunately the Rooster Tail arrived the day before the trip and made this one of my best trout fishing experiences in decades if not ever.  Not only was I now catching trout but I also caught on of the largest Brown Trout of my life.

Today as I sit here typing this out I wonder if some of the other classics  might has done as well. Classics such as the Red/White Daredevil, Mepps Aglia or maybe even a gold Phoebe. I guess Ill have to go fishing again to find out.