has closed and has nothing left to sell, other than a few used books. I have decided to leave the website up as a resource for people interested in fishing with light rods, light lines and light lures - true finesse fishing.


The EUROTACKLE Z-Viber is a bit different than most of the other lures offered on As you probably can tell from the name, Eurotackle is not a Japanese company. The Z-Viber is not a JDM lure. Eurotackle is an American company concentrating on lures and soft plastics that are European or European-inspired. 

JDM or not, the Z-Viber is on these pages for two reasons:  it comes with a single hook rather than a treble, and it catches trout! The hook has a micro-barb, but if you wish to fish barbless it is easy to bend down.

Rainbow Trout in netZ-Viber "Shad" and Rainbow Trout

The lure is designed to be a cross between a blade bait, a lipless crankbait and a drop jig. Those terms are more commonly used by crappie or bass anglers than trout anglers, and I suspect the lure was initially designed with crappie anglers in mind (Eurotackle will introduce a larger version of the lure, which suggests they have bass anglers in mind, also). However, as the photos on this page prove, it does work for trout!

For me, the key features are the single hook and the size of the lure. The Z-Viber is an inch long. That's about the size of the very successful Daiwa Crusader 2.5 gram spoon. It is large enough to interest 18 or 20 inch trout, yet small enough that 7 or 8 inch trout will hit it as well. The Z-Viber weighs 1/16 oz, which is a very reasonable weight for the ultralight spinning rods carried on

Eurotackle z-viber is about the same size as a quarterZ-Viber "Shad" and US Quarter

The package says the Z-Viber is designed for loud and powerful vibration. It didn't actually vibrate as much as I had expected, but then again the vibration may have been sufficient for the trout to pick up on their lateral lines, because it did catch fish.

Brown Trout in netZ-Viber "Fire Tiger" and Brown Trout

I found that an irregular retrieve made the Z-Viber dart from one side to the other, somewhat similar to the Daiwa Step Dart but on a smaller scale. It was certainly easy to manipulate the lure to make it look like an injured or disoriented baitfish trying to get away. That seemed to be enough to trigger a predatory response!

Z-Viber with collapsed telescopic spinning rodZ-Viber "Ayu" and Daiwa Wise Stream 50TUL

Another advantage of the Eurotackle Z-Viber for finesse trout fishermen is that it gives them a lure with a different look and a different action than the Daiwa spoons and plugs. Perhaps the best attribute, besides the fact that it catches fish, of course, is that it's only $5.50. Some of the Japanese plugs are approaching four times that. And the hand made Japanese plugs  are six or seven times that.

Z-viber with bluegillThey're not too big for bluegills

Give the Z-Viber a try. I think you might decide it is a very worthy addition to your gear.


Domestic shipping is by USPS First Class Mail (unless ordered along with a rod). The shipping charge is $4.00 for packages that weight less than or equal to 8 ounces. The charge for packages over 8 ounces is $6.50. The charge will be added to your order automatically.

Please note: All packages are shipped via USPS. If you have a PO Box, please list ONLY the PO Box in your address, not the PO Box and your street address.

International shipping is by USPS First Class Mail International (unless the entire order is over $400 or the order requires a box longer than 24". The shipping charge depends on the destination and the weight, length and value of the package.

Import Duties and Taxes

International purchases may be subject to import duties and taxes. I cannot keep track of all import regulations in all countries written in all languages. Understanding and paying import duties and taxes is the responsibility of the buyer.

Russia no longer ships to Russia.

UK no longer ships to the UK.
The new VAT regulations are too onerous for a one-man shop that rarely ships anything to the UK anyway. I apologize.


The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.