Artistry at Work -
Nishine's Chippawa Crankbaits
||Buyers & Press
Introduction: Nishine Lure Works, a company that is based in Ontario
Canada but has a long history going all the way back to Lake Biwa in Japan, is
ready to make a big push in the U.S. with an enhanced product line including the
refined Chippawa Crankbait Series.
Hiroshi Nishine, Founder and Lure
Creator of Nishine Lure Works, explains the design process behind each of his
Behind every lure is a story, and for Nishine Lure Works
it is a story of art transforming into function.
The company is the creation of Hiroshi Nishine, who started his career in
the fishing industry lure carving at ENDO Art Craft in Japan under the famed Mr.
Tatsumi Endo back in 1990. Six years later Hiroshi established his own brand
called Dream Rush near Lake Biwa Japan.
A look at one of his original
A few years later he moved to Vancouver and from the years of 2001 to
2006 he was involved in the development of lures for Shimano and Tru-Tungsten.
In 2006 he once again established his own brand called "Nishine Lure Works"
starting with handmade baits and eventually expanding the line to include
plastics and jigheads. A year ago the company started their push into North
America and this ICAST Hiroshi introduced an exciting new crankbait called the
Carvings then are transformed into
Nishine at Work: ICAST is always a crazy
show for us and it is a mad scramble from one meeting to the next, followed by
searching for new and interesting products if there is any time left at the end
of the day. While I was at the show I was messaged by fellow outdoor writer and
friend, Jonathan LaPera, who told me I needed to check out the Nishine booth.
Molds create plastic prototypes
At the booth Hiroshi showed us the different steps
that he took to create his new crankbait starting with the original wooden
carvings which then are turned into molds and eventually used to create plastic
prototypes. The entire process had to be done numerous time to achieve the
realization of his original vision, then only after the crankbait prototypes
were created could the design be further refined to create the perfect action.
A look at the Chippawa RB
crankbait (Black Shad Pattern)
The Chippawa RB (Round Bill) Crankbait is now
ready for primetime and is a 2.4" lure that weighs in at 0.53oz. and is capable
of diving down to 5 feet during retrieves. The crankbait can be fished at
various speeds and is designed to deflect off structure. Each bait is armed with
two size #4 ultra sharp Ichikawa Kamakiri treble hooks.
The Swamp Craw Fish pattern
features a matte finish with craw markings
There are nine different Chippawa RB patterns and
all of them have a refined matte finish that really comes alive under water.
Hiroshi explained that the Chippawa RB is just the first introduction in the
series and he is already working on variations of the bait including baits with
a blade connected via a swivel together with the treble hook for some added
A future version will even have a
Utilizing the same elegant profile Nishine will
also introduce longer lipped versions capable of diving deeper, as well as
squarebill variations designed for contact in shallow water. Hiroshi is also
working with different weights to create baits with the same bite-size profile
but with varying float rates. We will have to wait for these other versions
later this season but for now anglers can get in on the original Chippawa crank
for $15.00 each.
The custom made Erie Jerkbait
A customizable Jerkbait: Hiroshi also
showed us his Erie 115MD jerkbaits which are handmade in Canada in small
quantities. The interesting thing about this jerkbait is that the action can be
altered with a bundled weight system. By itself it is a slow floating lure, but
add the weight together with the treble hook on the front and it will become a
slow sinking lure. Looking for a suspending bait? Simply cut the weight, leaving
roughly half of it, to create a suspending action. Of course suspension will
depend on the type of line and water temperature so some tweaking is required
and the Erie jerkbait enables anglers to do exactly that, by adapting the bait
Hiroshi Nishine clearly loves
creating baits and with his own company he is now able to transform his art into
highly effective baits
Bringing the type of detail
in design we are used to seeing in JDM product and infusing some Canadian flavor
makes Nishine Lure Works quite a unique company.
I'm glad that Jonathan pointed me in the direction
of Nishine's booth, as it was interesting to not only check out Nishine's latest
creations but learn firsthand about the process of creating those baits, as well
as get some insight into the company's future roadmap. It was clear that Hiroshi
is a master at his craft, and is passion for lure making was undeniable as he
showed us his latest creations. It will no doubt be an exciting year for Nishine
Lure Works as their baits become more readily available stateside.