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OK. As your friendly neighborhood outdoor writer, I received the usual press package of samples. The heads and plastics bodies were very well made. The spinner baits look a bit strange, but are sturdy and do in fact work (but, then, any spinner bait works if the fish is in an aggressive mood).

Back to the basic jig, though. I think the negative hype for the flying lure came from 1) the obscene high TV price and 2) we anglers really not understanding how to apply the lure's features (Like any other 'tool', it has specific applications. It ain't the 'magic' lure, which is what many were looking for, as usual).

Anyway, the lure will, in fact, 'back up' as it falls. That was its primary hype. The ads said you could toss it to the edge of say a boat dock and the jig would glide backwards up under the dock. With the large part of the jighead weight on the REAR part of the hook shank and the plastic jig body turned BACKWARDS, the lure will fall away from the direction of the hook eye and sort of 'glide' backwards (as advertised). I suspect the biggest single problem is that most guys missed a key point -- when the lure is cast and hits the water, the line MUST BE LEFT SLACK so the thing can sort of coast to the rear.

Now, the key part is 'will it catch fish. Yes, it certainly will.

To start off, I liked the Flying Lure plastics bodies so much that I first fished them on a normal 1/8 oz jig head with the body affixed in the normal forward manner. Because the plastic body is flat and wide, it falls rather erratically and sort of glides forward and side-to-side as it falls. It also (due to the shape) falls rather slowly, making it as good a lure for catching fish on the drop as I have seen. It works very well at that. Later, I took the jig and rigged it in the manner it was advertised. Using light line 8-10 lb (which I think is a necessity/won't fall away from you if it has heavy line to hold it back), I fished it along hydrilla beds and boathouses. If you remember to give it slack line as it hits the water, the 'weight to the rear' head and the reversed body with its wide flat shape, does in fact glide backwards away from the direction it was cast. I checked it in a swimming pool and will tell you that it will glide 2-3 feet backwards in 6 feet of water and 6-8 feet backwards in 12 feet (BUT, you gotta give the slack line!!!).

PROBLEM: giving the slack line makes the strike on the fall hard to detect on mono. I found Fireline worked better for giving me the feel I needed to detect the strikes on the fall, plus the smaller diameter line did not hold the lure back when it was doing it 'bassackwards' glide.

Hydrilla grows up and curls outwards, so the jig did get up under the edges of those grass mats OK. It also went up under docks and boathouse pretty good.

Did it catch me more fish? Can't say for sure. I normally catch just as many on other conventional jigs and worms. I will say that on the conventional jig head with the plastic body facing in a normal forward direct, I caught a lot more fish on the DROP. And, that's a major way I use it today - on a conventional head. I believe the flat wide plastic body is the real advantage to the lure, not the glide backwards capability. The slow, erratic and 'glide around' fall gives a fish a chance to hit it on the drop, plus it LOOKS alive as it falls and moves around.

However, when the bass are tight under cover (such as bright sunny days), the Flying Lure in its originally intended configuration WILL get you up under the docks and edges of the grass. It can be doubly effective around those docks if you skip it up under a way on the cast and THEN let it do its 'backstroke' bit.

Hope this gives you some insight as to one person's way of using it. But, then the first bass I ever caught was on a piece of red and white Winston cigarette package paper on a bluegill hook. And, I once caught a limit of bass on a white shoestring when I forgot my tackle box and plastic worms. I suppose I still subscribe to the theory that bass are dumb as rocks and will bite anything that you can make move.


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