By: Trevor Hominick & Blake Tollefson
Target Species: Crappies, Bluegill, Perch, Trout, Walleye, Pike
The dragonfly larvae is found in many types of waterways worldwide. In North America, the nymph stage of the dragonfly’s life cycle lasts for several years, making it a popular treat for fish in most bodies of water. The nymphs molt and grow up to a dozen times or more during this stage.
The Anisoptera was specifically designed to be a perfect imitation of the dragonfly larvae. Its unique design makes is a perfect choice for trout and panfish species across the world. The soft composition makes the appendages create a lot of movement when worked throughout the water column.
These baits can be used in many ways for several different species. During the winter months, a tungsten ice jig or #6 Soft-Lock Tungsten Jig Head is a very effective combo. The Soft-Lock heads have a small, rubber stop on the on the hook shank that “locks” your bait it place.
The Anisoptera was designed to be fished via jigging or deadsticking methods. Jigging is very effective for panfish species in search of a larger meal. Don’t be surprised if you run into a rogue largemouth, walleye, or pike, as the Anisoptera rings the dinner bell for all species.
Deadsticking methods are also proven to produce fish. Using a float or bobber is an excellent option for fishing with the Anisoptera year round. Giving the float little pops or short pulls can entice a bite when the action is starting to slow down.
Automatic hook setting devices (if legal in your area) are highly effective for winter trout. Set an Anisoptera just a few inches of above the weeds and get ready. If trout are nearby, it won’t take long.
According to a Eurotackle user, if he could only use one plastic for the rest of his life it would be the Anisoptera.
If a more subtle presentation proves necessary, cut the head off the plastics for a smaller profile.
The Anisoptera is available in 6 different colors.