An Upside Down Autopsy : Mattlures Dead Stick Trout
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
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
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