Which blade for different conditions?

Original blade and willow blade, Road Runners

Among the many questions I field during my travels; I’m often asked why we offer different blades on the various Road Runner heads and lures.

Let’s take a look at the two major blade designs first; the original Indiana blade and the willow blade.

  • The original Indiana blade is wide and features a heavy “cup”. This blade bites a lot of water for its size and generates a good “thump” vibration and sound as it turns. This means it’s the best blade choice for s-l-o-w presentations. It’s my favorite for fishing shallow, Shellcracker beds for example. The additional sound this blade produces makes it a great choice for dirty or darker waters. What you can’t see is important too. Our original blade is nickel-over-brass construction for maximum sound while many cheaper, knock-offs are just steel. (You get what you pay for.)
  • A willow blade bites less water and thus has less water to throw. This means the willow blade is a better choice for deeper or swifter waters. While the willow makes less noise; it still produces sound, vibration and flash. It’s ideal for deeper presentations.

Gold or silver colored blades?

Because shad and minnows are mostly silver in color; nickel colored blades are still the number one choice of most anglers. However in deeper or darker situations the silver color of most baitfish, takes on a copper or gold hue. This is especially true in cypress-stained waters. Darker conditions warrant a darker or perhaps a larger blade as well.

Why have a blade at all?

Attracting fish by sight alone is okay, but wouldn’t it make sense to appeal to more senses? In addition to sight; blades offer contrast, sound, flash and vibration. Vibration is not to be confused with sound. It’s truly a different sense. There’s more too. Gill-flash is a phenomenon that simulates feeding, to other fish. Thanks to the blade’s position on a Road Runner, gill-flash is built in. It looks pre-occupied, feeding.

Now that you’re an expert in blade designs and their materials, you’ll make better choices on the water and catch more fish.

Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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