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Autopsy Article

TackleTour Autopsy: The R2S Dahlberg Diver Frog is Solid


Date: 6/8/11
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: River2Sea
Reviewer: Zander

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 stress testing.

Each LDDF 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 knee joint.

...and pull 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. 

The legs 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 legs

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 internals looked.

The diving 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...

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