Anglers have fished Road Runners for Trout and Panfish for over 50 years. So why did I create a new Road Runner just for these species? The first reason is personal. Fishing for Bluegill and Brim is what got my family into the tackle business. The required ultra-light tackle is just plain FUN to fish with too.
I knew there would be some similarities in the Trout market so I scheduled a trip with Trout expert, Jeff Samsel. We caught plenty of good fish on my early prototypes and he was a big help on the color choices. It only took me 40 years to figure out that Trout and Bluegill eat the same thing, bugs!
What’s different about this Road Runner series?
First; all three sizes (1/32nd, 1/16th and 1/8th) feature a smaller, premium hook. There’s also a prism paint job with 3-D eyes. I chose the willow blade for the deeper waters that Panfish bed in. Trout tend to hang out in eddies, just off swift water where the willow blade is preferred.
One buyer really wanted us to offer a 1/8th oz. size for larger Trout, Goggle Eye and Crappie. Good thinking!
Then there’s the tube body…I chose Southern Pro Tackle’s, Trout Tubes. They had some great colors to choose from, but we wanted more. Their staff rose to the challenge to make special colors like; “Yellow Coach Dog”, “May Fly” and Le Skunk!™ , colors you haven’t seen in soft plastics before.
Since Trout and Panfish are “Bait Thieves” we designed the barb to be a little over-sized for maximum grip on the tube. We even included extra tubes in the package.
We’re working with bigbluegill.com to create a special contest to win the FIRST complete set of all 12 colors in the 1/32nd oz size. Look for details there soon.
I need to thank our pro-staff, industry experts and buyers for their help designing this series. Your help is appreciated!