Tools Of The Trade – Spinners

Fishing lures with spinners make up a huge percentage of all artificial baits. The blades give the lure life by vibrating, thumping and flashing. There are four basic blade shapes:

The Colorado is a heavy cup blade. This causes a lot of water resistance which creates the most lift and vibration. This is the classic thumping blade. It’s great for slow retrieves, stop-and-go retrieves, and helicoptering down a drop-off. It’s a terrific in cold water.

The Indiana is a narrower and longer blade than the Colorado. And it’s a bit pear-shaped, but wider than the Willowleaf. It’s good in current and anywhere a slow to medium retrieve is needed.

The Hatchet is especially good for really slow retrieves or very slow trolling. And when it’s attached to a worm harness, it’s a killer for post-spawn walleye.

The Willowleaf is a long and narrow blade that flashes and spins in a tight arc causing minimal vibration and lift which allows for deeper fishing. It’s very good along weed lines as it tangles far less than other styles. It’s a smallmouth killer and, of the group, it most resembles baitfish.

The great majority of spinner style baits come with some combination of these four types. There are, however, numerous other variations on these three themes that include differences in finish, colour, size and design including “hammered”, “fluted”, “deep cupped”, “painted” and “scaled” to name a few.

2 Replies to “Tools Of The Trade – Spinners”

  1. Like all sports anglers, I have a cornucopia of store bought spinners and spinner baits in my arsenault but I also pack something quite uniquely different…. and don’t throw out your old used line it makes great leader material as you will see.

    All it took was to upgrade my knot tying capabilities by reading a few local fishing magazines. Now with that knowledge in hand, I create my own snelled hooks and spinners (of various lengths) with added flash from a multitude of colorful blades of every size, color and shape. Throw in a couple of multi-colored beads and rubber skirts and you have yourself a one of a kind “what’s-a-call-it”!…and they catch fish!

    But wait, don’t stop there. Multi blade worm harnesses consisting of three, four and five hooks are quite easy to make once you have mastered the snell knot. They are quite fun to make.

    Trout season?! Tie a snell knot onto a trout hook of any size but before you tighten it down, slip a small piece of yarn (either yellow or orange) through the loop. Guaranteed to bag a “bo” or three.

    So next time you are in your favorite tackle store pick up an assortment of various colored spinner blades in every shape and size and don’t forget the beads.

    I gotta tell ya, bone up on your knot tying capabilities and leave the store bought stuff to the other guys.

    1. Hey Calvin, great feed back on the spinner blade piece. In line spinner baits are one of the most underutilized misunderstood baits an angler has available to him/her. Glad to see someone talking about it. keep up the great input.

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