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An Upside Down Autopsy : Mattlures Dead Stick Trout


Date: 3/25/15
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Mattlures
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: When it comes to realistic looking swimbaits there is one company that often comes to mind first for many anglers, and that is custom bait manufacturer Mattlures. Owner and lure designer Matt Servant draws on his extensive taxidermy background to create some of the most genuine looking soft and hard bodied swimbaits on the market. Today we put one of Mattlures biggest, and quirkiest, swimbaits under the knife in our autopsy of the Mattlures Upside Dead Stick Trout.


Mattlures creates some of the most realistic looking swimbaits on the market

The Upside Dead Stick is  handmade big bait which retails for $59.99 and is absolutely massive at 13 inches in length and requires a robust rod to toss this bait as it weighs in at a whopping 13.6 ounces!

The Mattlures Upside Dead Stick weighed in at a whopping 13.6 ounces!

Unlike traditional swimbaits this lure is designed to float upside down

The lure features a soft body that is finished with a detailed hand painted trout pattern. Like other Mattlures swimbaits the focus is not necessarily on creating a perfect finish, but delivering a very realistic looking one. The finish does an exceptional job bringing the lure to life and looks like a genuine trout from every angle, including the protruding fins, gills and open mouth design.

In the tank the lure floats perfectly belly up

The lures tail is flexible but the belly to head portion is rigid

What makes this particular lure so interesting is the fact that it is designed to mimic a dead, or dying, trout. Imagine a lake with stocked trout, and as many anglers know when the stocking occurs this event is like ringing a dinner bell for bass that become incredibly aggressive as they gorge themselves on the stockers.

The lure features ultra realistic fins that are designed to quiver in the water

Inevitably not all trout survive the initial plant and are often the first to get picked off. This is exactly where the Mattlures Upside Dead Stick comes in. How does it do this? It floats belly up a second after hitting the water. Designed to be fished basically dead stick this bait is simply designed to be cast and allowed to bob on the surface simulating easy prey.

Cutting open the belly...

Next Section: Looking inside the Upside Dead Stick









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