First of all, never tie a knot directly onto an Ugly Duckling®
lure. Use light and simple snaps in sizes consistent with
the size of the lure and line diameter. The snaps allow
you to tie a quality knot that retains full line strength
as well as offering a quick method of lure change. They
also have no affect on the lure's vibration and diving depth
- two essential characteristics.
Avoid swivels or complicated snaps whenever possible as
they change the balance of the lure. Although, when
fishing pike or other large, sharp toothed predators, you
can use wire trace or other safety leaders.
The Ugly Duckling® knot is a strong, reliable connection
that resists slippage and premature failures. This knot
can be used in joining line to swivels, snaps or leaders.
The knot's unique double wrap design and ease of tying consistently
yields a strong, dependable connection.
Use the lightest tackle possible when using the smaller
sizes of Ugly Duckling® lures. The rod should be light,
flexible and long (approx. 2.5m-4m). The recommended line
tolerance should be within 0.12mm-0.14mm and should never
For the larger Ugly Duckling® lure models, somewhat
stiffer fishing rods can be used with lines of regular diameters.
Retrieve as slowly as possible to maintain vibration. In
fast-flowing streams or a strong current it is often enough
to simply hold the wobbler until it is very close to the
There are no universal rules in fishing, but generally the
darker colored lures work best in transparent water, while
the brighter colored lures are more suited less clear water
and in dimmer light conditions. Also, keep in mind the effects
of weather when choosing which lure will be best suited
for the specific situation.
However, always try different combinations of size, color
and weight, guided by your own experience!