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Since the Flatnose Shad was born 2015, it has became the favorite softbait for thousands of pike anglers all over Europe and it has caught a huge number of big pike. Now, it's time to say hello to it's brother…
When we filmed Fly vs Jerk 8 back in 2016, Niklaus Bauer was using a completely new kind of tail on his flies called "Dragon Tails". The movement of the tails were mind-blowing and they instantly proven themselves really effective.
We were amazed about these tails and instantly got the idea that this kind of tail has to work excellent on a softbait as well. So, we spoke with the man behind the Dragon Tail, Paolo Pacchiarini from Italy, and got his approval to use his awesome design. And here she finally is - the Flatnose Dragon.
The swimming action is ideal for cold water pike fishing - the body is slowly wiggling from left to right while the Dragon Tail does its magic in the back, sending out lots of seducing vibrations in the water. There is almost no limit to how slow you can fish this lure…
Rig it on a Shallow Screw or Flexhead Pike together with a Shallow Stinger Small. Rigged on a Flexhead Pike or regular jig head, some of the wiggling action of the body disappears but it still works wonders and catches loads of fish. Just imagine what this tail does on the drop if you give it a pause in the water… Make sure to be ready to set the hooks! Try to rig it in different ways to accomplish the best swimming action possible.
For maximum body movement, you can try to have the hooks free hanging instead of attached in the rubber. It's also important to get the shallow screw as centered as possible, or slightly offset closer to the belly of the lure. Every change in rigging can change the action and we recommend you to experiment until you find your favorite.
Our favorite is to have it shallow rigged and adjust the fishing depth with Fastach sinkers in various weights.
50 grams, 27 cm with tail stretched out.