The beginning is always challenging

I made my first wobblers somewhere in the 90's. I used bark as a material and I used to coat the wobblers with black plastic tape. My first model was similar to Rapala's Rattlin Rap but it had no weighting in it. As a floating version I could not get it swimming at all. Maybe some fish could have taken it from the surface but only because it would have felt sorry for me. 
I made some other wobblers trying out wood materials such as birch, pine and spruce but these first "bungles" were not at all swimming in a way that would attract fish. Aesthetically they were also not that convincing. 

I trained wobblermaking now and then by making some bodies for the wobblers. I also painted some old commercial wobblers to new colours with some nail polish and scale-model paints. 

First successful wobblers

Officially my hobby started out when in the late 90's I got inspiration and I ordered some ready made wobbler bodies and some other components such as the nose lips via postal sales (during that period of time there was no such thing as webstore). I also ordered a couple of pieces of balsawood. Some wobblers began to emerge and troughout the practise they finally had some action that also attracted fish. A proof of this was the very first fine moment when I was testing a new minnow-looking wobbler in a small pond. A small pike bit the wobbler with the very first cast.
Even though the fish was not that big, it was hard not to smile.

This is what the pike took.

At this point the painting and coating of the wobblers was usually made by spray paint and often the different layers of coating and different types of paint used were not fully compatible with each other. The results were often catastrophic.

Some of the wobblers failed quite badly and as I have always been quite strict about the painting quality, after a bad experience in painting or coating it was quite common to find some wobblers from the lawn or from a pile of snow in the winter.

But - practise makes champion, especially when you have to learn it the hard way... I have tried many lackquers and paints and finally it seems that I have found the right ones for myself.     

Today's situation of wobblermaking 

Nowadays I have more talent in wobblermaking when compared to the former days. The manufacturing methods, tools and equipment are better and the wobblers are more attractive to both fish and fisherman. There is still a lot to learn and to develop. After approx. 12 years I still feel like a beginner in wobblermaking. At least the salmonfishing has taught me to be humble...

Nowadays I use only my own wobblers. I have also three rowers who give me feedback on how the wobblers work. They are mainly fishing in Namsen and river Tornio-Muonio. This is a good thing because I don't live near any salmonriver and nowadays when the family has grown I don't have that much time for fishing or wobblerbuilding.  

I fish mainly in the Muonioriver in Northern Finland and I have been also lucky to fish in Namsen. I also try to make at least 5-15 rowing days in a season to Korkeakoski harling area at river Kymi.

During the last years wobblerbuilding has become more and more important and loved hobby for me and I have been spending many weekends at my workshop. Despite of this, there are not that many wobblers being produced per year; you cannot think about mass production. I make the wobblers carefully and test tune them in a tank but since they are hand made, every single wobbler is an individual - some of them are just more catching than others... 

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