TackleTour Autopsy: Tired of
Frogs and Rats? Flip-In the Bird
Introduction: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and
weary, what should I cut open today? It is only appropriate that this Halloween
we take a closer look at a raven, ok so not really a raven but a bird
nonetheless. This exciting new lure has garnered a lot of interest from topwater
anglers that would like to flip-in the bird at aggressive largemouth.
Something's tapping at the door...
its the new "Flipin the Bird" topwater lure
The "Bird" is a new lure created by
angler Sam Kennedy and his new company
which is cleverly called "Flipin the Bird." This uniquely styled lure
is designed to be thrown into thick cover or slop
but also can be fished in shallow or open water. It can be retrieved fast or slow
and makes use of many of the same basic principles and features found in
traditional frogs including a hollow body to promote buoyancy and
rubber skirting to mimic feathers instead of legs.
Talk about skirting! The Bird
makes generous use of rubber strands to create the illusion of wing and tail
Many anglers have witnessed largemouth taking out
small birds and even ducklings. Here in the Bay Area proficient frog fishermen
often modify their frogs to mimic bird patterns when fishing topwater on both
the Delta and Clear Lake. The Bird takes this concept
to the next level and resembles a small distressed bird that has fallen into
The Bird is armed with a weedless
The Bird measures 76mm in length and weighs only 5/8oz.
There are three patterns available including Grey Finch, Red Winged Black Bird,
and White Chested Tree Swallow. Each Bird is armed much like a traditional frog
with a two pronged weedless pre-rigged hook.
The Bird collapses easy to expose
the hooks on contact
On each side of the lure there are four holes in
which various lengths of rubber skirting extend outwards to form wings. When we
pulled on the rubber strands we noticed that they would not come out at all, the
same can be said for the tail skirt, this is quite unlike the legs of most
hollow bodied frogs which make use of a single bunch of strands fed through the limbs.
In the water the Bird floats
The body of the Bird is also very soft which helps
expose the hooks once any pressure is put on the hollow body. In the test tank
we found the lure floated very evenly and within a few seconds the rubber
strands would spread outwards and downwards giving the lure a very realistic
profile. Like most hollow bodied frogs a small amount of water can enter the
hollow body but a small squeeze is all it takes to purge any liquid.
A few seconds in the water and the
"wings" spread out, a little twitch and the lure really comes to life
The Bird doesn't have any rattles and the only
noise it creates is splashing as it is skirted across the surface. When twitched
in the water the many rubber appendages create vibration around the entire lure.
There is a lot visually going on with this lure, not only do the patterns mimic
actual bird species, but the detailing of the rubber body is inspiring. The
lure's body is textured to give it a more genuine look and even the eyes and
leg profiles are painted to stand out from the rest of the body.
Time to slice open the Bird for a
With blade in hand it was finally time to see just what
makes this bird float. We sliced the Bird upon right down the center and was
immediately surprised. I had previously thought that each of the wings was formed by four
strand bunches which extended through the entire lure, instead I found the reason why
when we tugged on the rubber it didn't move at all, each of the wing segments is
formed with a single group of rubber skirting which is tied off to lock the
section in place. In all there are a total of nine individual segments.
Each of the rubber skirts is
Like hollow bodied frogs the hook is directly
connected to the line tie for strength and reliability. In the lab the hooks
were very sharp and had barbs on top. Overall the Bird is simple and yet the
implementation is excellent, what we saw in the lab has only been reinforced by
the short few hours we have been able to spend with the lure fishing at Clear
Lake. What we have noticed is that the lure is very easy to fish and remains
weedless when fished over even thick and nasty vegetation, and because each of
the skirts is individually tied there is absolutely no issue with the wings
coming out or losing their well thought out profile.
A look at the innovative "Flipin
the Bird," this new bait looks like a quality alternative to the normal frogs
and rats and is a new weapon to present to largemouth in heavy cover
...And the raven, never flitting, still is
sitting, still is sitting.... okay enough with the butchering of Edgar Allan
Poe's poetry. The bottom line is this lure absolutely does "sit" very nicely on
the surface, accurately mimics a bird that has had the misfortune of falling into the water
and is now easy prey for the large-mouthed green monsters that reside below the
surface. This Halloween anglers would do well to stray from the usual frogs and rats
that they typically toss and flip-in the Bird.
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