TackleTour Autopsy: The
R2S Dahlberg Diver Frog is Solid
Introduction: As you can see from our review the River2Sea Larry
Dahlberg Diver Frog is quite unlike any other frog that we have ever tested, but
does this frog really qualify as a “hollow bodied” frog at all? While the frog
is categorized as such by e-tailers the lure features a unique design that is
just as distinctive as the lure itself.
Time to take a
closer look at the innovative R2S Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog
The lab has become a torture chamber of sorts and littered
on the shelves are the remains of many lures which have been sacrificed during
testing. The R2S Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog was one of the most interesting
autopsies that we have done to date and delivered a number of surprises during
comes with an extra pair of legs and threading tool
We kicked things off with the removal and re-installation
of the replaceable legs using the tool which is bundled with each LDDF (Larry
Dahlberg Diver Frog). The entire process was very easy and it is easy to pull
the old set of legs out and use the tool to thread in the new pair of legs, the
entire process takes less than a minute.
To put in a
new pair of legs simply hook up the new pair...
The legs on the LDDF are quite skinny and they look very
delicate but are in fact extremely flexible. I stretched the legs more than 10X
their original length and they were able to quickly return to their original
shape. Only after stressing the legs repeatedly did the legs finally snap at the
them through the body
If the plastic is nicked
then the thinner knee section will become the weak point when stretched. We
simulated this with abrasive surfaces in the lab and observed this in the field
when the sharp micro-teeth of bass would scratch up the surface of the legs.
We take the
legs back out for a stretch test
In any event the legs, while physically the weakest part of
the LDDF, were overall surprisingly resilient. It is their “springy” attribute
that gives the legs the ability to so accurately simulate a genuine swimming
motion when retrieved and paused.
stretch amazingly far and are able to return to shape
The diving collar on the LDDS can also be replaced and is
held in place with a groove that runs along the head of the frog. On our autopsy
frog the collar was actually stuck in place with the finish and removing the
collar actually broke off a small portion of the head in between the eyes.
Switching out the collar is not something that I would expect many anglers would
ever have to do as the collar can take a lot of damage as it is nothing more
than a soft piece of plastic.
...but with a
little nick the knee breaks off. Its a big plus R2S bundles an extra pair of
With the collar removed the LDDF started to look like a
mouse, with the single protruding hook arched up like a tail. With all the
appendages removed it was finally time to cut the LDDF open and see just how the
collar is held in place with a groove in the head
Time to strap
in the main body of the lure and cut away
Sliced open we
prepare to take a look inside...
Section: Hammer that bait!