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    Posted: 27 Jul 2013 at 7:25pm
The bigger one has caught a toothy critter with a nice mark down one side. Anybody have a clue on the age of these?

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The bigger one could be up to 40yrs old, they haven't changed much over time, foil over Balsa. The smaller one I remember from the late 70's early 80's as I had a couple. Very tight shimmy action, good for trout..
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The bigger one could also be an ABU Killer. Very similar in shape but doesn't have the name on the bib, where Rapalas and Rebel models do.
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Originally posted by Fysshe Salmon Fysshe Salmon wrote:

The bigger one could be up to 40yrs old, they haven't changed much over time, foil over Balsa. The smaller one I remember from the late 70's early 80's as I had a couple. Very tight shimmy action, good for trout..
 
As above, they havn't changed much since first production. Still selling them today.
If they say "Ireland" on the bib then they are from around that era.
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The smaller one looks like a rapala "countdown" model.
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Actually...Rapalas have gone through many changes over the years Wink



G1 is with the star designed foil coating.  The red lines for the mouth, referred to as lipstick lines, are present on this generation.  It also has the white press on belly with the black writing on the belly and on the plastic lip.  This is a two hook design.

G2 not much changed other than the outer body on this version.  Still with the lipstick lines, black writing, two hooks, and pressed on white belly.

G3 pretty much stayed the same, except it sports the three hook design.

G4 version has a painted on belly.  The baits are a bit stouter too.  Also gone at this point is the black writing on the belly and lip.

G5 version has more of a blended body.  Not as much of a distinction or transition from sides to belly.

G6 the latest scheme has a change to the mouth, no longer sporting the lipstick lines.  The white belly is almost completely gone.
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nope, raps still have black printing on their bellies, at least some models do.
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I think their biggest changes over the years have been their addition of numerous different models and especially the vast changes in lips/bills.
 
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Great pictures Beer Breath. Love Rapalas!
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thanks, chep.
for that i'll post a few more.
the coolest thing about rapalas, is that they hold the world record for world records.
kinda hard not to have confidence in them.
I don't run them as much as I should.
but I've done well for lake trout, rainbow trout and bull trout with them.
and when I was younger, I remember dad's tackle box always had several in it for pike.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rivermandave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Apr 2015 at 12:29am
Originally posted by beer-breath beer-breath wrote:

nope, raps still have black printing on their bellies, at least some models do.


With all due respect....the "printed belly" lures I pointed out were from the 1960's & early 1970's. Back then the only models made were the Floating & Countdown The info was shared by a collector with hundreds of Rapala's. Thumbs Up

The printed belly lures you have pictured are all from 2000+ Wink


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