ultralight wrote:Most interesting CM_Stewart. I already asked Craigthor what spoons he recommends. Mind if I ask what you recommend - for trout? (I think smaller would work better than larger in our area.)
I mostly use Daiwa spoons, the Vega, Lupin and Crusader, but also Shimano Roll Swimmer and Slim Swimmer, and Smith Drop Diamond and Edge Diamond. I have ordered some of the Smith DS Line spoons that Craig has but they haven't arrived yet.
The smallest I use is the Daiwa Vega, which comes in .4, .6 and .8g weights. They're all the same size. The heavier spoons were stamped out of thicker metal. The lighter two are really a bit light to cast well, though.
The next larger spoons I use often are the Daiwa Lupin, which come in 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8g weights. Like the Vega spoons, the heavier ones were stamped from thicker metal.
The largest I use frequently are the Daiwa Crusader spoons, which i have in 2.5 and 4g weights, although they come up to 17 grams for salmon. The 2.5g spoon is shorter than the 4g model. The photo below shows the 2.5g spoon.
I do use mini-jigs some, and my favorite there is the Cultiva JH-85, which comes in weights ranging from .7g to 2.2g. The best thing about this jighead is there are two tie in points. If you use the top one the jig balances well and works well for a vertical presentation. If you use the front one, the jig works well as a casting jig and tends to slide over rocks on the stream bottom rather than hanging up.
The jigs do take fish, but I catch more on the spoons.