Homer Winter King Derby!
Every spring, the folks in Homer, Alaska sponsor their Winter King derby. This is a derby that brings fishermen from around the country, for one day, to target the King salmon that are feeding in the local waters.
For the past several years, we've had the privilege of sending a couple of boxes of our OG2s up as prizes for the giveaway that takes place on derby day. This year, we included a new glow version of the OG2. This lure is constructed from plastic filled with particles that absorb, and then emit, UV light. You can charge these lures directly with a UV light, or, you can place them in direct sunlight to absorb the ambient UV emitted by the sun.
Just saw the below on FB. (Hoping that one of these years, we can get up there to fish.)
First, a little history: The bodies of pot calls have historically been turned on a lathe. (This limited the interior to a cylindrical shape.) And, the sound ports on these calls were created by drilling holes in the base with a drill press.
These calls, and their design, were limited by available tools.
We took a different approach: 3D printed call bodies. The 3D printer lets us create the most realistic sound possible: Our call body didn’t need to be a cylinder, and, the sound ports didn’t need to be equally spaced holes on the bottom.
The walls of our call bodies are segmented (rather than cylindrical): this results in a unique reflection of internal sound waves.
In addition, our call includes a single sound-port in the perimeter wall. This port fine-tunes the tone. And, it allows you to direct your yelps and cuts at the specific bird that you’re working.
We also wanted a call that would work when the friction surface was wet due to rain, or, sweat. So, we added a ceramic friction surface.
And, we wanted a call that you could wear around your neck, or, attach to a strap on your vest. This way, you wouldn’t lose it when you’re scrambling over downed timber, and through thick brush, to close the distance on a bird that’s talking; but, not moving.
We’re not knocking the calls that are out there today. (I carried a Woodhaven Cherry Classic for years). Quite a few of these existing calls are works of art: The wood grain and high-gloss finish are remarkable. But, visual aesthetics were never our goal.
The appearance of the call wasn’t on our radar screen: Our goal was to create a call that could entice gobblers on public land. Birds that typically heard a dozen, or more, hunters every April. A call that would fire up the gobblers after the first series of yelps. And, after two years of hard work, we believe we have it.
We've put a batch of our new calls up on the store (click the Store tab and scroll to the bottom to find them).
(Limit: one per customer!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.