Observations FromThe Rapala Brothers
Dear First-Time Rapala User:Because all of us grew up with the Rapala and have been catching salmon, trout and pike with itever since we can remember, we feel that we might have some insights which will help you inthe correct use of the lure. As successful as the Rapala has been in taking all kinds of fish fromall kinds of water, there are certain practices to be avoided, others to be encouraged, if youwant to start catching fish with it right away.I. The first cardinal rule we discovered is to usethe lightest terminal tackle possible. And to tie your line directly to eye of the lure if you canwith a Rapala knot for most applications. If you must use a leader, snap, swivel or combinationof these between line and lure, make sure that you use the lightest and finest gearavailable.The reason for this is that each Rapala has been individually tested and balanced as itis delivered to you in its box. In hand-carving his earliest models, our father had as his ideal tomake the lure as natural and life-like as possible. This meant precision, lightness and balancewhich, when put into motion, would yield the most natural simulation of a swimming baitfishever discovered.It stands to reason, then, that most of this attention to precision will bedestroyed by hanging the lure on anything that would impair the balance and precision: i.e., aheavy wire leader or an assortment of weights, snaps and swivels that would cause it to run lessthan true.True, it sometimes may be necessary, particularly with the larger models, to usesome intervening tackle when retrieving at unusual speeds and depths or seeking a fish thatwould make short work of a non-metallic leader. In these cases, make the slightest compromisepossible in favor of life-like action.II. The second cardinal rule involves the use of sinkers forapplications where extra depth is necessary. Keep the sinkers as far from the lure as practical toreduce interference with the built-in action:When using three-way rigs involving extra weight,we recommend at least 18 inches of mono or line between swivel and lure. We can recommendmuch more, and for good reason: a sinker close to the natural eye of the Rapala impedes actionas much as extra snaps and swivels.