Hard Leg FrogZ: Colors: 6 Size: 4" Pack Count: 3
Leg Style: Buzz Scent: N/A
Have you ever seen those movies as a kid, that centered around "experiments gone wrong" where somehow, somewhere, someway by mixing traditional household items along with an ordinary can of Spam, a goup of kids or a burnt our scientist create this incredible new product that does magical things.. well that about sums up the story of Zman's ElaZtech products.. well, not really.. but come on, use you imagination
Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price
When you buy your first pack of Zman frogs you will quickly see why they only come 3 to a pack.. and that is because if you do it right, those three frogs can last you all season long, yes, they are that tuff, this "ElaZtech" material holds up incredibly well, it can be stretched and pulled in all directions and will not rip or tear. The tacky material allows the hook to stay in place very well and the frog requires little to no maintenance between casts.
One issue you will come across, is that this alien material is not exactly compatible with other soft plastics, so if you make the mistake of tossing one of these frogs in with a pack of your Stanley Ribbets.. be warned you have a good chance of loosing both the Zman and the Ribbet.. a little frog on frog cannibalism can hurt your bait collection.
Not exactly a heavy weight, this frog is not known for getting you extreme distance. That being said you can cast it fairly easily, but it does feel light on your rod, and may take some getting use to, both in the air and on the retrieve.
This is a tuff frog to find, unlike the Zman Ultra frog the hard leg frog is carried in very few local shops and can even be hard to find on-line. Larger companies like the BPS and Cabela's all carry Zman products but not always this particular frog. I personally only know of 1 local spot that carries these and it is a 2 hour drive from me
Options & Price: 2.5/5
I get the concept Z-man is working on, yes, this is a quality product and should last you a long time, but I still want to get more then 3 frogs in a pack. With the selling price averaging at about $4.39 you are paying $1.46 per frog, and that is way over my $.70 to $.90 cent target range.
As for colors the Zman site only lists 6, but I did notice that Land Big Fish carries some newer more traditional colors, that i have not seen previously.
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(Zman FrogZ rigged with 4/0 Gammy)
As mentioned above this frog feels light on your rod, so I opt for a longer rod with a softer tip. I use the dobyns 805 crankbait rod for this frog on a regular basis last season, but I think I will moving over to a DX744 this season. It is a buzz frog so be sure to pair your rod choice with a reel that can keep up without tiring you out.
This frog is paired well with a 4/0 EWG hook. I like to go with light wire hooks when fishing this frog, so they will not effect how the frog floats. You could go with a 3/0, but I would avoid jumping up to a 5/0 as it is a bit long for this frog