TackleTour Autopsy: The
R2S Dahlberg Diver Frog is Solid (continued)
This bait has a strong but relatively thin surface
skin and R2S is
able to make the outer layer so thin because the inside of the lure is not actually hollow
but is actually filled solid with high density urethane foam. This foam is extremely
light yet is able to provide the main structure of the bait and improve durability,
proper balance, and buoyancy.
...the core of
the lure is high density urethane
In the bottom of the frog
the weighted hook is backloaded to properly balance out the bait and improve
casting, and because it is attached to the hook and sandwiched between the
urethane and the hard surface coating the hook will not move side to side at all
and makes it possible to deliver an instant hookset the second a fish strikes.
The weight is
molded right on the hook
To test the upper limit
durability of the LDDF’s finish we took a hammer to the lure and as we also
witnessed in the field tests the lure’s surface could be scratched and cracked
but the bait was still able to remain intact.
The urethane is so dense
that it acts as a skeleton for the bait and keeps the entire finish in place
even after significant force is applied to the surface.
Can the finish
survive hammer strikes?
finish is abused the lure stays together
If this lure can survive a
direct beating from a hammer there is no doubt it will endure even the most
viscous strikes from fish. In the review of this product I mentioned how durable
the LDDF’s body was and that one of the benefits of the lure’s design was that
it couldn’t take on water, the urethane interior acts like a life jacket and
even if the lure’s finish is cracked the lure will stay remain buoyant. This
slick design is part of what makes the LDDF so easy to fish.
The main hook
and weight are all one piece for instant solid hooksets
All the key
components in the cleverly designed R2S Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog which is not
so "hollow bodied" after all
The LDDF features a
durable design all the way to the core (literally) and after cutting the LDDF
open in the lab we were even more impressed with this innovative offering. I
would have loved to have seen one of Larry’s original handmade prototypes and be
able to compare side by side with the mass produced LDDF today to see just how
the original concept has translated into the lure we see today. Suffice to say
that the partnership between Larry and River2Sea has resulted in a pretty clever
and well constructed bait, and we look forward to putting the other designs
including the Clackin’ Crayfish under the knife as well.
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