|Selecting Your Delta Diver
Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate
The blade on the acrylic divers is made from a break resistant acrylic material. The advantage of the acrylic is that the color is derived from the plastic itself rather than the reflective film. They tend to "glow" much better in the light than the polycarbonate divers. The solid color divers are only available in acrylic. The disadvantage of the acrylic divers is that they can break if stepped on or hit with a fish club.
The blade on the Polycarbonate divers is made from a break proof polycarbonate material similar to Lexan®. All the polycarbonate blades are clear and the color is derived from the reflective film itself. The polycarbonate divers lend themselves to charter fishing or guide boats because they are very difficult to destroy. The disadvantage is that they do not "glow" as much as the acrylic divers.
1oz, 2oz or 4oz
Traditionally the delta divers have only been available in the 4oz version. We have recently introduced two new smaller sizes that are also very effective.
The 2oz divers dive about 2.5 to 3 feet shallower than the 4oz version with the same line and line length. The diving performance is almost identical to the 4oz if you are running one of the modern braided lines such as TuffLine®. The 1oz dives shallower than the 2oz but still dives to almost 20 feet with 50 pound TuffLine. The 1oz version is also very good for lake trolling but may not trip when you hook up fish smaller than about 12 inches. All of the divers are capable of towing axial flashers such as the Fish Flash.
You will notice that there is no price difference between the different sizes. This is because there is very little material cost difference between the three. The major cost is the hand assembly, which is slightly more difficult with the smaller sizes.
Film Patterns and Colors
The color and patterns are all effective in the right conditions and the choice is mostly up to the individual fisherman's preference. A good rule of thumb is to use bright flashy patterns and colors in the morning and evening and go to a more subdued color and pattern midday when the sun is more directly overhead.
If you have a special color request, go to our Contact Us page and let our sales department know what you want, we will likely be able to make whatever you are looking for.