October 21, 2020
By Ned Kehde
When Pro Tackles, Inc. introduced Molix’s Stick Flex to the angling world during the summer of 2020, it caught the attention of a goodly number of Midwest Finesse anglers, who wanted to know more about it.
To garner that information, we contacted Paolo Vannin of the Molix USA Corporation of Sewell, New Jersey. And he provided us with some details and samples to work with and write about.
Here is what we discovered about the Stick Flex.
Molix is an Italian company that is headquartered in Molinella, Bologna, Italy.
Their Stick Flex is manufactured with a material that is called Molix Formula, which is an extremely buoyant, flexible, and durable soft-plastic compound. It is durable enough to endure numerous donnybrooks with largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
It’s 2 13/16 inches long. In the eyes of Midwest Finesse anglers, it’s a stick-style bait that replicates the shape of a sharpened pencil. Thus, its posterior section and the tip of this section exhibits a conical shape, and its anterior section has the shape of a round pencil.
Its anterior section is 1 3/8 inches long. This cylindrical-shaped section is adorned with 10 segments or ribs. Each segment has a thickness of about one-eighth of an inch. The tip of the first segment, which is its head, is flat with a slight indentation, and it has a diameter of three-eighths of an inch and a circumference of about 1 1/6 inches. The fifth segment, which is five-eighths of an inch from the tip of the head, has a width of about seven-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches. The tenth segment or its final segment has a width of about three-eighths of an inch and a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches. The dorsal and ventral areas of the anterior section are identical.
The dimensions of the posterior section become dramatically smaller as it approaches the tip of the tail.
The first thirteen-sixteenths of an inch of the posterior’s ventral area is endowed with what Molix calls 10 micro flaps, which are separated by 12 significant indentations. These indentations have a depth that ranges from slightly more than one-sixteenth of an inch to slightly less than one-sixteenth of an inch.
The posterior’s dorsal section possesses six segments, or ribs, which have a thickness of about one-eighth of an inch, and they are similar to the segments that adorn the anterior’s dorsal and ventral areas.
The posterior’s final one-half of an inch exhibits the motif of a finely sharpened pencil. Its epidermis is smooth, and the dorsal and ventral areas are identical.
The Molix Formula of plastic and the segments and micro flaps accentuate the Stick Flex’s ability to quiver and undulate provocatively.
It is available in the following hues: Chartreuse, Cola, Gold Ayu, Green Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin, Wakasagi, Watermelon Red/Black Flake, and Watermelon Silver/Shad.
The bait is impregnated with salt and a shrimp scent.
The manufacturer's suggested retail price for a package of six is $4.99.
Anglers will affix the Stick Flex to a mushroom-style jig with an exposed hook, which will allow them to present it to bass with all six of the standard Midwest finesse retrieves. And Flex Stick’s buoyant qualities will enhance its ability to seductively glide as these anglers are executing the swim-glide-and-shake retrieve.
What’s more, some anglers will occasionally affix the Stick Flex’s posterior section to a mushroom-style jig. These anglers have discovered that for some unknown reason, there will be spells when the rear-end rigging will elicit more strikes than the head rigging will garner. Therefore, when the anterior section of a Stick Flex becomes too tattered and torn to stay affixed to a mushroom-style jig, these anglers will save it to use for rear-end applications.
As the Stick Flex become well-worn, the impregnated salt will dissipate, and that will make it more buoyant and heighten its ability to glide as it is being retrieved.
- Here is Molix USA’s online catalog.
- Here is the Midwest Finesse gear guide about the Molix Caleo Craw.
- Here is our gear guide about the Molix Sator Worm.
- Here is the link to the Midwest Finesse column that explains how to execute the six standard Midwest finesse retrieves with the Stick Flex affixed to a mushroom-style jig.