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Why I (don't) Slow Fall

Slow Fall (SF) rods correct the issue of heavier SF jigs by having the correct butt power. This compliments the mid power as it transfers lift to the tip and imparts the correct action to the jig depending on the power of the rod you own and type of Slow Fall jig you are using.

Writing that sentence hurt my brain.

For those who know me, I am grumpy and love poking holes into forms of fishing; I don't mean it but ruffling feathers is what I do and you should not take it to heart.

I also love to debate about things, from stickbaits vs poppers to what is the acceptable weight of a micro jig. Mumbles 18 Grams

It's not a gimmick and I just want to bash something.

Lately I have been subtly Slow Fall bashing and called it a gimmick at the end of that article.

in short it looks like a Cuttlefish.

Basically a Slow Fall jig is largely weighted in the center to create different flutters and hang time, in short it looks like a Cuttlefish.

Why so serious?!

Slow Fall rods correct the issue of heavy jigs by having the correct butt power. This compliments the mid power as it transfers lift to the tip and imparts the correct action to the jig depending on the power of the rod you own and type of Slow Fall jig you are using.

All this influences the lift + wind + wind + lift + look silly + drop + BOOM.

The magic will always be in the mid section of every Slow Fall rod, without a powerful mid you get a parabolic action which is where you might as well use a jigging rod, which is why using an Apis blank by Ripple Fisher was the incorrect blank to use back in the day for Madai, it was after all a jigging blank.

You'd be quick to shoot me down and say I am incorrect about the mid and it's all in the butt. At which point I would nod and say yes you are right but say it's a given that the butt has to be strong and the variable lies in the mid.

So, why I don't Slow Fall

One

Two sets of hooks?!

Anglers-Secrets is the goto guide for Slow Fall, it's definitive, concise and scientific. I have respect for the writer and he writes about how turned on he is about Slow Fall jigging. It's stalker level content where Sato Sensei is his target.

The Japanese are talented at creating fishing disciplines and convincing us they work, that and giant robots. When I was told I had to put two sets of hooks on to my jigs my wallet had a heart attack.

I asked 10 people why there are two sets of hooks, and no one seems to know. However with that said you will notice the point of the hook is angled towards the eyelet and this helps reduce snags. I lie, I learnt that from Anglers-Secrets.

"There are two hooks because it compliments the hang time" - Michael "Banhammer" Lim

The one person that made scientific sense is Banhammer Lim or Michael Lim, who is a long time moderator of FishingKaki.com and was infamous for banning everything that posted. No matter how I tried to call him names and be childish it made the most sense to me. "There are two hooks because it compliments the hang time"

BUT, if you ask me what I think about having 2 hooks, I think it's ridiculous and is just another imaginary item to buy that you simply don't need, other jigs will do an exact same job, all you have to do is keep the jig near the bottom so the fish can see it.

I know those are fighting words :P

Two

Too many unnecessary iterations of the same thing.

Slow Fall, High Pitch, Long Fall, Rain Fall, Night Fall and other forms of this fishing is borderline bollocks.

One Fall to Rule the All, Slow Fall.

Actually, I am just lazy.

Three

Hurts the newer jigging anglers.

This is not a discipline for newer anglers and it steers the younger anglers into taking up something they have no idea how to do.

Buying jigs is a process we all must follow. ima Gun is just part of the end game process.

There is a "anglerlution" when it comes to jigging.

At the top of them umbrella there are categories such as imitation jigs, cheap jigs and expensive jigs.

Buying jigs is a process we all must follow. ima Gun is just part of the end game process.

The next part of the tree, are things like Micro Jigs, 20 Grams to 60 Grams Jigs, 80 Grams to 120 Grams, 150 Grams to 180 Grams, 220 Grams to 250 Grams, 300 Grams to 400 Grams and Hulk Mode.

Four

It's too fashionable.

Yep, something can be too popular for my liking. And suddenly everyone is an expert.

It's like skinny jeans, everyone is wearing but no one knows why their balls have a lack of blood running through them. This does not apply to girls.

Five

It costs too much for the kids.

Reel + Rod + Line + Jigs + Trips + Returns.

With the higher speed needed (HG) to retrieve the slack line in, it is specific to the discipline. Yes the angler can put a speed jig on, but I have read more than once if a Slow Jigging setup can be used as a normal jigging setup, YES YOU CAN!

As with point three, it needs to be more accessible and the silver lining is that KOIKA by Storm exists. It steers away from being a bad price point and I tell everyone who is starting Slow Jigging to just go with these.

Better known as the GoMoKu series by Storm.

Closing time

At the end of the day, if it works for you I suggest you keep at it and build on the experience. It's a disciplined discipline. You have to focus on it and get good at it.

For those who have fished with me, you will know I just fish with whatever is around me. This makes me a bit of sore bastard when anglers lose the creativity when it comes to trying out new things and having fun.

I want fishing to be fun, and Slow Jigging is simply not dynamic enough, not manly enough, not extreme enough and not GT Popping enough.

I caught the same number of fish with every trend prior to this; maybe just maybe, I am slowly falling in love with it.

Peace Out,
LMB

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