- Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:29 am
I think both those companies make great products and I do have experience with several lures from each outfit. I haven’t tried the specific Rapala model you mentioned. I have used the mirrodine and wasn’t there an XL version too? The mirrodine was never the first suspending type plug I’d reach for, but that was more about having more confidence using something else than any knock on the mirrodine. Seems like I remember not liking the hooks they used on them at the time. They were some real heavy wire treble hooks at the time, but they might have completely different hooks by now. Hooks can be changed at any rate, but it just takes some time and a little expense to get it done. I don’t like heavy wire hooks if trout are the target. I have this idea that heavy wire hooks don’t set as well and are more prone to tearing free in delicate trout mouths. That idea could be all wrong, but I ran with it. I do believe light wire fly hooks with micro barbs tend to set easier and stay set without tearing trout mouth membranes. That could also relate to the lure’s weight and any leverage and momentum a trout can gain head shaking and thrashing to work the hook free. One thing I like about Corkies at the time was that they came with light wire hooks, although a better redfish could bend them if I wasn’t careful.
Hopefully, folks with experience with each lure will chime in with which lure they like more and why.