Originally Posted by Road hunter un-logged
In response to the questions and comments about the Rapala lures breaking I just wanted to post a few answers.
1. Rapala warranties lures from defects in manufacturing. If the lip pulls out of the bait, I would say that is a defect. Go to our website and follow the warranty replacement information.
2. In answer to all of the other questions, no we have not changed manufacturing processes. We watch these issues very closely because the fact of the matter is that people are using stronger lines and rods which are harder on balsa lures than plastic lures.
3. Later this week at ICAST we are introducing a new balsa constructed lure called balsa extreme. It will be stronger but my guess is it will not instantly replace everyone's favorites.
I just wanted to quickly answer these questions before leaving.
Thank you for your support.
If the lip pulls out of the bait and I lose the fish of a lifetime due to your shoddy construction, how will Rapala compensate me? And why would I continue to purchase baits that I have to constantly send in at my own expense for replacement because of Rapala's shoddy construction? And yes, you have cut corners on the manufacturing process. These baits should have through-wire construction to prevent the loss of fish. Rapala has certainly raised the prices enough the past few years. Instead of lining your own pockets, maybe you could add through-wire construction on all your baits. I'm sure you would love everyone to buy your new sure-to-be overpriced balsa extreme-Maybe the trebles are glued on this bait!!! Don't try to blow smoke with excuses that any intelligent person reading your post can't see through. And don't blame fishermen for breaking the lures with strong lines and rods, just make the baits strong like the lines and the rods. I wish I could thank you for your support, but unfortunately I can't!