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Lure Review


The Original TroutGlider - The Glide Bait for Millennials (continued)

The TroutGlider is a very easy bait to cast with this method and flies through the air as one might expect. The front chamber of the bait houses several weighted bearings you can feel moving around as you shake the bait. While there is no official moving weight balancing system like in smaller baits, these front chamber bearings do shift around and aid a bit with the bait's momentum as you cast it.


The bait's tail is distinguished by color and shape, but is part of the bait's rear section - it's not a separate piece or material like in the majority of baits this style.

Once the bait lands in the water, it will sink very slowly with a neutral body position at a rate of one foot per two seconds. If you wait long enough for the bait to reach the bottom, it sits upright on its hooks. It doesn't fall over on its side.


There is good mobility in the bait's joint.

If you decide not to wait and begin your retrieve, the TroutGlider swims in a relatively tight s-pattern not unlike River2Sea's S-Waver. This bait does have a small degree of top to bottom wobble that is evident on slightly faster retrieves. It seems to swim best on slow to medium rate retrieves and will do tricks like spinning around and darting from one side to the other if you introduce twitches, jerks, and pauses as you work the bait.


Detailing at the fins is good.

Design/Ergonomics: The Original TroutGlider, as mentioned earlier, measures seven inches in length. It's a good, compact size that easily stores in a Plano 3600 or 3700 box making it a convenient bait to carry around in your tackle bag. We were stretching it a bit throwing it on twelve pound fluorocarbon, but such are the challenges of a tackle tester when you have multiple objectives in mind.


While coloration of the photo finish is enhanced at the bait's body, the head is still relatively muddy and typical of other photo-finished baits from years past.

Ideally, we'd recommend fourteen to twenty pound nylon monofilament when fishing this bait on a dedicated rod and reel. Originally available in only one finish, there are now up to five different color patterns to choose from and there's even an option now to add a holographic foil finish to the bait.


The TroutGlider is regularly offered at a discounted price straight from the company's website.

Price & Application: The Original TroutGlider website is constantly running promotions off the original list price of $29. We ordered the bait on their "Friends Package" where you get three baits for the price of two which at the time broke down to $15.50 each. There is also a "Dealer Package" where you can get a five pack of baits for a discounted price. So nailing down a specific, real price is difficult.

Ratings:

Original TroutGlider 7 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent between the three baits we received 8
Performance Casts and swims well and very reminiscent of other baits we've fished in the same size 8
Price Wait for one of their sales to get the best price 7.5
Features Good options available as an upgrade. Stock bait is ok too 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Originally only available in one color, now there are more color patterns to suit your fishing situation 8
Application If you're looking to break into the glide bait craze but don't can't justify the more exclusive baits, this is a good option 7.5

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Affordable glide bait - Baits are often on back order as deals come and go
+ Good quality finish  
+ Available with upgraded hooks  
+ Good size for anglers not into the true big bait movement  

 

Conclusion: With the advent of social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, access to marketing platforms for new products and services seems easier than ever. Millennials practically have the Internet running on the back of their hands - literally. So when a new, cost friendly bait debuted through this channel, it naturally caught our attention.

 


If you're looking to break into the glide bait craze with something new, different, and most of all, affordable, The Original TroutGlider 7 is a great bait with which to start.

 

While certainly not original in the true sense of the word, the Original TroutGlider is truly a bait for the Millennial angler. Accessible online with customizable options, priced reasonably, delivered to your door, does not require custom, heavy duty tackle, and is effective in triggering strikes.

 

It's not as refined as some of the pricier baits, but it's not intended to be either. If you're looking to break into the glide bait craze with something new, different, and most of all, affordable, The Original TroutGlider 7 is a great bait with which to start.

 

Looking for Original TroutGlider 7s?

Try the Company's Website

 

Update 06.16.17 : Since publication of this article, we’ve received a number of emails from readers complaining about slow to no delivery and lack of communication from the manufacturer. We have reached out to the manufacturer for comment but have not yet received a response.


 

 

 

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