Ten questions about gliders. Part 2

I bought a glider last year, all multi-colored, made, it seems, in St. Petersburg. And at least on every third cast, he turns over with the hook down. So what’s the point then?

Glisser – only in appearance is extremely simple constructively. In fact, until now, most attempts to make this bait, both “on the knee” and in-line, have ended in failure. The one from St. Petersburg, I know – is really beautiful, but no more. The very idea is discrediting. Several years ago, when the specialists of the Aise company experimented with gliders, before starting their serial production, the task was set: when throwing into dense grass, the glider should leave it clean at least eight times out of ten. Far from immediately, but the goal was achieved. The passability of a speedboat is largely determined by the eccentricity (i.e., the degree of displacement) of the center of gravity. If the center of gravity is not low enough, then the lure, when casting, often falls down with a hook and immediately picks up the grass. The location of the center of gravity also significantly depends on the hook – its size and the thickness of the wire. Consider this if you decide to make a glider with your own hands.

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I read about gliders in a magazine, made a couple of pieces of foam. They just turned out to be long and thin. Will they bite on such?

In one of my books I mentioned about hookless snag, which is used in fishing in heavily overgrown places. It plays an auxiliary role: by throwing a snag in the most impassable directions, we force the pike to reveal ourselves, provoking it to attack, then we immediately put a real bait … The first time the idea of ​​a glider arose just in association with the very snag, which was similar in shape on a thick pencil with tapered ends. If the pike so often tries to eat such “inedibleness”, then by attaching a hook to the cigar-shaped body and making it stick out with the help of a lead load, you can get a working bait with the necessary properties. However, I myself did not bring that idea to the finished product, switching for some reason to a wider version with a flat bottom. But I saw a couple of experimental models of gliders with a long spindle-shaped body, made in Ivanovo. As I understand it, the matter did not go beyond them, although such a variant of the glider should definitely have a perspective.

Three years ago, I’ve been fond of fishing with different non-hooks on the grass. My favorite is spinnerbait. Is it worth to master also gliding fishing – won’t these two types of lures duplicate each other?

Both of these types of lures are really united by their belonging to the large, but very motley category of “no hook”. The areas of application of both are quite significantly different, and the differences even somewhat resemble the situation played out in the fable about the fox and the crane. Spinnerbait works, albeit mostly not deeply, but in the water column, while the glider works on the surface, with occasional dives into “windows”. Spinnerbait is most justified among sparse sedges, flooded bushes and trees, while a glider has indications for use more where the grass lies on the surface, and the grass is very different, including such a “harmful” that the spinnerbait does not pass. And, just as importantly, the success of gliding fishing depends on the behavior of the fish – the predator must be determined to attack purely surface lures. After all, it often happens that pike or perch are perfectly caught on a “spinner” or a shallow wobbler, but do not react in any way to the popper. So it is with the glider. Accordingly, if you start from the mood of the predator, then spinnerbait – it will be more universal. Nonetheless…

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Does it make sense to put a buzzbait propeller directly in front of the glider?

The idea is very correct. There is something similar in the lineup of Arbogast – there is a bait made like a popper, but with a delta petal (as it is customary to call a “propeller from buzzbait”) in front. I have already seen that this combination works very well. The peculiarity of the delta petal is that it, while slapping its blades along the surface, hardly collects algae on itself. The combination of two non-interlocking elements will have a high cross-country ability and at the same time, in contrast to a “bare” glider, give a very noticeable noise effect. If you have ever caught buzzbait, you know very well what this is about. And the predator definitely likes all this rumble, especially when he adheres to an aggressive attitude in his behavior, starting in pursuit of bait from a long distance. The only prerequisite is that the delta lobe should be light so as not to disturb the balance of the glider.

Those gliders that I saw in stores and at the exhibition are probably too big for catching our perch near Moscow. Is it worth making small copies of them – especially for “sports” perches?

It so happened for me that out of about a dozen gliders that I made with my own hands, the really workers were those that were of average size (5-7 cm). A pair of “sports perch” (3 cm long) gliders managed to catch only a few corresponding “tails”. However, the catchiness of each specific self-made glider, as I noticed, strongly depended on the slightest nuances of its centering and some inexplicable moments. Therefore, even two outwardly very similar gliders gave very different results. It could just happen that my mini-gliders were among the unsuccessful ones, and the very idea of ​​small gliders is by no means exhausted.

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author: Konstantin Kuzmin
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