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Salmo SLIDER was introduced into our family of lures back in 2003.  Shortly thereafter, it had found its place in the tackle boxes of thousands of European anglers and was recognized as one of the best pike lures.  One might even say that this lure revolutionized artificial lure fishing in Europe. In many countries fishermen unknowingly use the name “Slider” as a general term for all glider type baits that work side to side.

There is an old saying that imitation is the best form of flattery.  Nothing shows it better than the fact that right now all major lure producers have similar “Slider” type lures in their menu.  The long list of imitators was started in 2005 by introduction of Buster Jerk from STRIKE PRO. Then there was Gliding Rap-RAPALA, HiLO Jerkbait-ABU, Jawbreaker Jerk-DAM, Dewiator-SAVAGE GEAR, Rapper SPRO or Herky Jerky by BOMBER.

 

Slider received a perfect score not only from the multitude of pike anglers but also from the experts from the fishing tackle industry.  But when talking about the history of European glider baits, it is crucial to mention the role that the Dutch anglers played in their creation.  Holland is famous not only for its excellent predator fisheries but also for equally excellent anglers.  They adopted many techniques invented in the New World and modified many North American lures to suit them better for our European fish species.  There is no doubt that the most famous of them is Bertus Rozemeijer.  Bertus is our long time partner and consultant.  He was the one that inspired Salmo lure designers to introduce first jerkbaits in 2001 and to start working on their first glider.  The results of the field tests conducted with the group of Dutch anglers in 2002 in Sweden surpassed everybody’s expectations.  After taking a popular vote, the awesome Salmo lure was named “Slider”.

 

SLIDER OFFER

 

has multitude of choices.  It includes 5 lure sizes from 5 to 12 cm and mass from 6.5 to 70g.  Then there is a long list of colors, from extremely realistic finishes to totally abstract.

The data table of Slider is presented in the table below:

model version length (cm) mass (g) hooks line/ braid (mm) Diving depth (m) spinning / trolling
SD 5 f floating 5 6 dwie nr 8 0,18/0,10 0,5/0,5
SD 5 s sinking 5 8 dwie nr 8 0,18/0,10 1,0/0,5
SD 6 f floating 6 131 dwie nr 6 0,20/0,12 0,5/0,5
SD 6 s sinking 6 13 dwie nr 6 0,20/0,12 1,0/0,5
SD 7 f floating 7 17 dwie nr 4 0,23/0,12 0,5/0,5
SD 7 s sinking 7 21 dwie nr 4 0,23/0,12 1,0/0,5
SD 10 f floating 10 36 dwie nr 1 0,30/0,20 1,0/1,0
SD 10 s sinking 10 46 dwie nr 1 0,30/0,20 1,0/1,0
SD 12 f floating 12 60 dwie nr 2/0 0,35/0,20 2,0/1,0
SD 12 s tonąca 12 70 dwie nr 2/0 0,35/0,20 2,0/1,0

Slider is included in the sub-group of lipless jerkbaits generally named as

 

GLIDERS

 

The name of this family of baits is derived from the English term “to glide”- which means to slide or to move smoothly, and directly describes the action of those lures.  Thanks to their specific design, gliders skip from left to right after every twitch of the rod.  When paused, some of them (and it includes both the floating and sinking models) slightly wobble and flash their sides.  This special action extremely provokes predators and is the mark of only the best gliders.  It hugely increases the deadliness of the lure, especially in the times where fish are less active.  Another thing that is beautiful about these lures is that you can fish them in many different ways and each one of them is equally effective.

But in order to use Slider to its full potential, one must first master the classic technique called by American fishermen-“Walk the dog”.  In practical terms, it means to move the bait with a series of skips separated by pauses.  The longer we let the lure glide, the further distance it goes.  The distance which the Slider moves is directly proportional to its size-the bigger the lure-the further the glide.  It is crucial to do not let the lure glide too far.  It is easy then to lose control over the lure and miss the potential strike.  The lure control is especially crucial during pauses where slider either floats or sinks.  During favorable conditions (no wind) such a free fall can last over dozen seconds.  That way we can reach the depths that are unreachable during a steady lure retrieve. When fishing this technique, it is important to keep the rod tip up and watch closely the tension on the line.

A lot simpler, but also requiring similar level of concentration is the so called-

 

THE WIDE ARC TECHNIQUE

 

As the name says, the lure moves in the zigzag pattern making wide arcs from left to right.  We make the lure move this way by using long and slow rod sweeps.  After every such sweep, we must “catch” the lure by reeling in the slack line.  The only downside to this technique is that even with the high level of focus it is possible to miss some bites.  When the predator strikes and the rod tip is bent backward after another pull, then it is extremely difficult to set the hook.

The most simple, but sometimes surprisingly effective is the technique of just a steady and slow line retrieve.  Although it sounds incredible, in certain conditions such a minimalistic lure action can be deadly.  Usually though, the most effective is a mixed style retrieve which combines several different types of lure movement.  It is important to include a different retrieve styles in one cast, especially when one is fishing the new water and does not yet know the patterns of the local predators.

Majority of the gliders are made in two versions.

Before buying, it is important to figure out which type will be better suited on our waters-

 

Floating or sinking?

 

Many fishermen think that it is possible to fish with the sinking model in every type of habitat.  But fishing the shallow flats r0.5-1m) in the springtime proved many times over the superiority of a floating model.  The best solution is to use floating Sliders to fish the depths 0.5-1.5m, and sinking ones to fish anywhere from 1.5 to 5 meters.

There is a different way of fishing for each model.  When fishing the sinking version we reach the maximum depth (0.5-1.5m) when we keep the rod tip down and work the lure with fast and decisive strokes.  But in order to reach the maximum depth with the sinking version, we must use slow and fluid sweeps in order to give the lure the time to sink.  Although working the both versions near the surface is easy, it is still the floating version that is the best suited for fishing the shallows.  One of the most lethal tricks to use when working the Slider near the surface is to stop the retrieve after a few strokes (for example; near the weed clump), and let the lure rest for a few seconds.  This way we can tempt even the laziest predator out of hiding. The strikes in those shallow conditions are very violent and will be etched in our memory for a very long time!

Sinking Sliders are best suited for so called “free fall technique”.  The depth to which we can fish this model is practically limited only to the depth to which we can’t control the lure anymore.  We can let the sinking Slider fall to any depth, but in the case of the 12cm model, the practical depth to which we can work and control the lure is around 5-6 meters.

The “free fall” technique uses all the unique attributes of Slider during sinking.  It wobbles and flashes its sides, driving the fish crazy!  The most effective free fall is on the slack line.  That is why when fishing this way; we use our line as a strike indicator.  After waiting until the lure reaches the desired depth (not necessarily the bottom), we begin the “classic” rod sweeps.  After a few strokes, we let the rod tip down and let the line form into a deep arc.  If there is no wind from the side, even the slight bite will be recognizable as a twitch of the line.  Of course in that case it is crucial to reel in the slack and finish with a solid hook set.  But in order to correctly fish the both versions of the Slider, first one must need a

 

Properly combined rod and reel.

 

Stiff bait casting rod btw 1.85-2.1m and a multiplier type reel with a good drag and a braid line of 0.20mm will let us fish the 12cm Slider non-stop for the whole day without getting tired.  The bait casting combo is also most desirable when fishing the smaller Sliders-10cm and even smaller.  Although many anglers effectively use classical spinning rods and reels, it is important to remember that every cm of rod length over 240 cm will cause a serious loss in control over the lure.  Also the non-stretch braid line is an important factor.

For the smallest Sliders-5 and 6cm, we can vary the rod lengths according to the type of the conditions we fish in.  For example, when we hunt the asps on the large rivers and we need to cast long distances, the 2.7m spinning rod will be the best choice.  The braid line of 0.10m paired with a wide spool spinning reel will let us reach distances of over 60m on each cast.

Like every universal and all around lure, Slider is effective in all types of waters and conditions and tempts all predatory fish species.  There is virtually no predator in the world that would not fall for its tempting moves.  In Europe, Sliders are mostly used for pike.  However, it has proven itself effective for zanders, perch, wells catfish and asps.

One of the most influential European internet portals, www.tackletour.com gave this explanation for their highest point score in history (10/10) for this Salmo lure:

  • bulletproof design
  • good dimensions
  • good quality hooks
  • high quality, realistic finish
  •  lure does not require any prior knowledge-it’s really hard to fish the Slider a  “wrong way”
  • surprisingly good price/quality ratio
  • very wide selection of sizes and colors

 

On the final note – “It is a legendary lure, if you don’t have any Slider in your tackle box then you are just an amateur!”.

And let’s keep it that way;o)))!

Piotr Piskorski

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