Salmon anglers have long been fans of the classic T-55 FlatFish — the plug’s big-time thump has accounted for countless river Chinook (and big lakers, too!) over the years. But the knock on the original version has always been that it’s not a great lure for flat-line situations. In other words, you have to add weight to get the thing down for backtrolling…or standard trolling.
Well, with the introduction of Worden’s/Yakima Bait’s newly designed Hawg Nose T-55 FlatFish, you can have your cake…and eat it too!
According to the manufacturer, the Hawg Nose has that same “skip-beat” action of the Mag Lip, which I became such a fan of last year, and is best suited for water ranging in speed from 1 to 5 mph. They also claim that it dives 10-15 feet and up to 20 under ideal conditions. I threw one on the other day and got it to tickle the bottom in 24 feet of water in very fast current with 30-pound braid! The thing is a moose — puts out a massive amount of “thump” and feels almost like you’ve got a school bus on the end of your line. Man, do I have some places that harbor jumbo Chinook that I can’t wait to run this baby!
The first thing I noticed about the Hawg Nose is it has a pull-point screw eye line attachment point…which, unlike some other plugs that have a fixed wire eye, it will be very easy to tune.
The Hawg Nose has a traditional screw-eye line attachment point...yes!
The key to the lure’s design is it’s bill…basically, the old T-55 has had a nose job!
The nose is the major design change....
You’ve also got side-grooves in the body to help keep your bait wrap thread in place…
Here’s the color chart for 2011…
There are some winners here!
The Hawg Nose is available in single or treble models and should be widely available at tackle shops soon!
As I noted earlier, I became a full fledged believer in the company’s updated M-2 FlatFish, the new Mag Lip last year, so I’m pretty excited to get an opportunity to put “The Hawg” into a game-time situation this summer.