Wobblin' all weekend

Since 1957, the Delaney family has exclusively produced Lake Clear Wabblers in Gilbertsville, N.Y. They now come in three sizes, featuring an array of colors, including some that actually glow in the dark. Despite the colors, I still use traditional brass, copper or silver, according to a combination of water clarity, weather and the species of bait fish in the pond.

The largest wabbler, a Number 1 is the most popular size for trolling, while the medium size, Number 2 is either trolled or cast. The smaller, Number 3 is mostly used for casting.

Regardless of trolling speed, it remains difficult to achieve depths beyond 8 to 12 feet deep when using monofilament line. This is about the ideal depth for fishing trout in the early season.

However, when trout move into deeper waters seeking cooler, more oxygenated water during the summer's heat; experienced anglers will utilize lead core line to reach the proper depths.

The wabbler is intended to imitate a fleeing school of baitfish. The spoon's steady beat also imparts a darting motion to the bait or fly trolled behind. Many believe it is the motion that provokes a 'strike response' which causes fish to attack.

Wabblers come packaged with an attached 0-ring used to connect a snelled hook. The opposite end is connected to the fishing line by a high quality, ball bearing snap swivel.

I use a 6-foot, medium action rod, with 8-12 lb. line. I prefer a 12 to 18 inch snelled hook tied with fluorocarbon tippet material. Tippet spools are available at most fly shops.

Fluorocarbon monofilament line is nearly invisible and its elasticity will absorb the shock of a hard strike.

For a number of reasons, I prefer to snell my hooks with tippet material that is roughly half the strength of line on the reel. If the rig gets snagged, I'll only loose an inexpensive hook, rather than a $6 wabbler.

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