The Klash displays the highest degree of engineering ingenuity and precision we've come across in a swimbait, but once you get to know Division Rebel Tackles, their level of quality will become apparent as it shines through in everything they do. Brilliance in different mediums is often handed out too readily, but with the Klash, we are confident in using that term: brilliant, for the lure's design, application, construction and of course the aesthetics. There's a lot of information that we need to go through with the Klash and we will below, but for those who value the eye test above all, here's a video of the lure in action.
The Division Rebel Tackles Klash is available in two models: Hi-Float and Low-Float in several excellent colors. If you'd like to make the Klash a "glide bait" make sure to pick up the DRT Klash Glide Weights.
About the Klash
Just the Facts:
- Length: 9"
- Weight: Hi-Float (Floating) - 3oz Low-Float (Sinking) - 4.4oz
- Material: ABS plastic
- Hooks: 1/0 Owner Trebles
- Rattles: Hi-Float - single knocker rattle. Low-Float no rattle.
The Klash is available in two models - that Division Rebel Tackles labels as: Hi-Float & Low-Float. First and foremost, let's take those two terms and redefine them.
- Hi-Float means floating. This version of the Klash is a topwater lure and weighs 3oz.
- Low-Float means it sits lower in the water, subsurface, but just barely. If you use fluorocarbon, the bait will sink ever so slightly.
The Division Rebel Tackles Klash Lip is an important piece of the lure's engineering. Constructed out of ABS Plastic and designed with a keel on the underside, the Klash lip is removable allowing the bait to display different actions based on the users preference. We know what you are thinking when you hear the lip is removable... it's a gimmick or it lacks in quality. It's a genuine concern that we only had eased by real life testing both in the water and through rigorous strain tests. The lip can be bent and flexed over and over without any damage occurring and it easily sliding back in or out of the bait. Obviously, the material is subject to the laws of physics so if you impart blunt force on it from a direct hit to rocks or run it over with your car, it is going to result in damage, but from regular use it's essentially indestructible. The lip snaps into place with concentrated, yet gentle force and snaps out much the same way. Because of the manner in which the clasp was designed, the lip can be removed or added as many times as you wish without damage.
The Klash Tail is another crucial element in lure's action and was perhaps even more painstakingly researched and tested than the lip itself. There's a expression from Latin that says, "The smallest things are the most important" - and we feel that is very accurate when describing the Klash as a whole and specifically when explaining how the the tail works. The easy part to understand is that the tail is a dense, durable plastic that fits in the bait securely and will remain in tact throughout it's life span under normal use. What may be a bit more difficult to explain is the change in action the tail's orientation causes. Division Rebel Tackles distinguishes them as Mode A and Mode B - Mode A features an upturned tail whereas Mode B has the tail turned down. While this may appear insignificant, it actually changes the way the bait moves through the water drastically; think of it like a rudder behind a boat. Below is a graphic showing the action of the bait when each tail mode is applied.
The Klash will display very different actions when used with different configurations and retrieve speeds. Below is a comprehensive list of the two models and each of their configurations.
When using the Hi-Float version the lip isn't going to make the lure dive very deep, even at high speeds you are looking at maybe 2 feet which essentially would make the action similar to that of a very shallow crankbait. More commonly though, when fishing the Hi-Float version you'll be retrieving it like a surface wakebait which will cause the lure to swim along the surface and kick it's tail as it moves leaving a V-wake in it's path.
- Lip in - Tail up: Retrieved slow, this is your standard wakebait displaying a side to side swimming action. If you reel it a bit quicker it will dive like a crankbait or a sub-surface wakebait displaying a uniform action and tight wobble.
- Lip in - Tail down:Very unique action - instead of a side to side swim the body rolls back and forth all the while leaving a wake in it's path that is really cool looking.
- Lip out - Tail up: This is going to be a walking topwater bait like a spook or frog with a bit more buoyancy and water disturbance.
- Lip out - Tail down: Our early favorite way to fish the high float, this configuration will allow anglers to do complete 180 degree turns that are something you have to see to believe.
The Low-Float is a pretty rad bait. You can make this bait swim with a wide, uniform back and forth sway or a completely unpredictable side to side glide that has seemingly unlimited cadence opportunities.
- Lip in - Tail up: It's got a rolling action with a really wide swimming motion like a hunting style crankbait. It's definitely something that would appeal to all species of bass and even could work for some monster brown trout.
- Lip in - Tail down: Very predictable, uniform swimming action like a standard crankbait, cranks down pretty nicely.
- Lip out - Tail up: Not much action to it, it's going to look like a screw bait or spy bait. It is probably the one configuration that doesn't really do much for us.
- Lip out - Tail down: Once you add the DRT Klash Glide Weights, this will become a glide bait with absolutely no predictability - it can and will swim back and forth and then just dart out randomly with no warning. If you impart some twitches or quick reels to it you're gonna be able to do some trick maneuvers that will surprise even the most seasoned swimbait angler.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DHEP) and lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov