Fishing With Spoons And Spinners

Essential Tips For Fishing Spoons And Spinners

When it comes to fishing lures, spoons and spinners are tried and true imitations, they’ve been around for many years. Just because they are old, doesn’t mean they don’t work, though. They do. In fact, often their effect can be devastating. As always, there are basics to keep in mind.

Spinners and Spoons

These lures work particularly well in sunny conditions & clear water. The sunlight catches the blade and reflects attractively through the water for long distances. For this reason, in sunny conditions, it’s a good idea to use bright gold or silver blades. And keep them polished. The shinier your spinner or spoon, the more reflective it is.

Line Twist

Spinners, in particular, are subject to turning your line a twisted mess if you don’t use swivels. Swivels go a long way to counteracting the twisting of the line that the spinner creates.

The Retrieve

As with all lures, it pays to vary your retrieve. Know how slowly you can work a spinner before it actually stops spinning! If you’re bringing a spoon back, the slower you do it, the more light bounces off it as it travels. Sometimes predators will grab a spoon that is simply lying on the bottom. I remember fishing with a Czech guy who was having huge success by simply inching a big spoon across a hard, stony riverbed. To me it looked hopeless and unnatural, but not to the fish.

Deceptive Touches

Jazz up your spinners and spoons. Sometimes red wool tied around hooks will give them an added attraction. You might also try putting a tail on a spinner – tinsel, strips of bacon rind, small plastic grubs or even maggots often work well. Look at the blade of your spinner.

Sometimes a black spot can give the impression of an eye – a real trigger for a predator. Sometimes a slash of red will imitate the gills of a prey fish. These little things can make a big difference.

Change Size and Weight

In any given session, it’s a good rule to start off with smaller spoons and spinners and then work up in size. Think about water color. If the water is clear, silver is great. If it’s colored, a black blade or a deep brass color will work fine. Remember, too, if the water is colored, a larger blade or spoon will create more vibration. A heavy spinner or spoon will move deeper. When fishing shallow, you need to go for lighter, thinner metal and work the lure back faster towards you. Try occasionally ripping a spinner back through the surface zone so it sends up a trail of bubbles behind it. There are times when pike cannot resist this effect.

Silver Spoons

Many types of fish like small, silver spoons. Trout, char, salmon, perch, bass, pike, and even grayling will all go for a simple, silver spinner. They are bait for all seasons.