Spoons are the most versatile and effective type of hardware lure, and can be used to catch just about any kind of game fish.
They can be fished legally in all but fly-only streams. A myriad of presentations and actions can be employed.
Whether it is a short wrist flick to tight pocket water or a 50-plus-yard wing from a float-tube in a large lake, chances are that spoons will produce as well or better than anything in your tackle box.
The versatility of spoons is probably best illustrated when discussing casting. Many of our finest trout steams and other fisheries are restricted to "artificial flies and lures only."
Fly fishermen will attest to the fact that much of the best holding water on these fisheries is inaccessible due to lack of back-casting space.
Thick vegetation, steep canyon walls, and unwadable conditions limit the effectiveness of fly rods for all save those possessing that miraculous roll cast.
Here is where spinfishermen share the advantage. In all but the smallest creeks, a spoon will outperform other kinds of hardware.
The slim profile produces low air and water resistance for long casts and faster sink rates.
On big, fast rivers, this is a great asset to reach deep holes far from shore. The added distance and tendency to slip into the water without much splash is valuable when fan casting on still, open water.
If you're long-line trolling, the flip-flop action will eliminate line twist if you're using the right set-up and troll speed.
Spoons are also integral to ice fishing or anyone using a vertical presentation.
Casting and reeling will catch a lot of fish.
Bass will often respond to a burning spoon the same they would a topwater buzzbait.
When baitfish are the main food source available, spoons can match literally any species.
A long cast and erratic retrieve can trigger strikes from active feeders as well as ambushing lunkers.
Many times fish will chase without biting. This is when the spoon really shines. Bites will often occur immediately after you pause a retrieve.
When you feel the lure is in or above a promising hole, just stop reeling.
Don't allow too much slack to develop in the line.
The sudden change in speed and the tempting flutter action on the drop can elicit strikes in just about any circumstance.
Pauses, pulls, drops, burns, pops and jigs are some of the actions that can be imparted to a retrieve to enhance the natural flip-flop.
Experiment with a variety of speeds and actions until you identify a pattern. This pattern will usually hold up, and can be refined year after year.
Deep pocket water can be fished no more effectively with any other artificial.
Jigging around boulders and under foot, near shore, adds still another option while spooning. Let the lure drop to the bottom.
The clang and clatter created by the spoon on the rocks can draw fish from 15 feet or more.
When the angler has been spotted but fish haven't scattered, bouncing a spoon with the current into a spooked fish's face can elicit an angry reaction bite.
Trolling can be extremely effective and is probably the reason for the existence of the spoon itself.
A spoon can act as the lure and a flasher/attractor. Eight to 15 inches of dropper tied to the bend of the spoon's hook and a nymph or leech type fly is great for stocker and lunker salmonids.
In moving water, a spoon can be trolled with the current. Drop it to the bottom. As it bounces along to the bottom of the hole, let the current pull it up through the water column.
Leave it there for a while. Strikes can happen after a minute or more. Pulls and drops, even letting line out while trolling the current, can take the river's biggest brutes.
Where bait is not restricted, try tipping a spoon with a chunk of worm, salmon eggs, corn, doughbait or other offering.
This is a superior form of bait presentation in a lot of situations. The added flash or color of the lure only complements natural bait. This can work dangled just up off the bottom or laying in the gravel.
Bait a trolled or cast spoon for added attraction. Be sure the action is not too inhibited. Play around with hook placement for ideal action.
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