Yamashita’s K Series has been a staple part of the range for about five years now. It’s a robust jig, the bulkiest of all the Yamashita models and it’s designed to perform in rough conditions and stronger current flow. The addition of a stabilising keel at the rear of the jig helps the jig sit straight in the current and, after years of use, we can confirm it works very well.
Most years Yamashita releases a new set of colours to the range that are often called ‘Global Colours’ – meaning they are sold everywhere except the Japanese domestic market. 2021 has seen four new colours added to the range. We managed to get four early samples sent over from Japan for the Egi Special and the 3.5 size has since come into stock in Australia.
All four colours feature glow bodies so they’re great for night fishing, dawn, dusk and dirty water. Colour 052 is a bright rainbow pattern with a clear rainbow body, so rather than a rainbow foil, it’s a transparent rainbow pattern in the plastic mould. This will be a dynamite colour choice in late spring and summer on those hot, bright days. Colour 053 is a marine blue cloth over a glow body and perfect for clear blue water, where it will dominate both by day and night.
054 is a white cloth over a glow body with thin dark bands and aqua highlights; this jig is perfect for dirty water so therefore dominated on the day of testing thanks to its glow attributes and high contrast. It’s a highly versatile colour that will work in almost any conditions. Colour 055 is a deep purple cloth with pink and violet accents over a glow body, and another great jig for night and dirty water.
The colours and patterns on the whole K Series range are less defined and sharp than other Yamashita ranges. Stripes, strips and contrasting bands are almost smudged, like they’ve been applied with watercolours and I believe this is what makes them so effective; contrast is offered but it never looks artificial, and it presents more like real fish – which I think is the key to an effective squid jig.
Distributed By: Ej Todd