I have used many different JDM trout spoons from 3.5g (1/8oz) to 7g (1/4oz).
Forest MIU 3.5g and 5g and other weights is very popular but from this brand, Forest, I actually prefer the 6.1g Forest Realize, which has relatively thin blade and a lot of action on the fall. It is great for big trout.
Smith Pure 5g is very nice, slightly thicker blade relative to size but still great action.
River Old Satellite 5g, similar.
God Hands mountain stream dragon ripples 5g and 7g for slightly deeper water.
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The issues I’m having with the hooks involves feeling like I missed a fair number of hits on them when fishing for smallmouth and white perch. The limited trout fishing I’ve done with them seems to produce a much better hit to hook up ratio.
I agree that the Yapadas are nice - I have had succes with the “Yapada 012 spoon” in 5 gram. I also like many of the Jerry spoons. Many of the very cheap aliexpress spoons also work well but need new hooks and possibly split rings. Sometimes it just makes me feel better to fish the shiny JDM spoonspoisonokie wrote: ↑Tue May 21, 2019 11:22 amHate to say this, but check out the yapada spoons on all express. They have great finishes and use owner hooks. You'll save a ton of money. The ones by Daiwa are exorbitantly expensive by comparison. At least use the yapadas until you find all the snags. They say Lure Land on the packaging if that helps track them down.
I am with the 99% of people Inline spinners work great and are my favourites Still, spoons are fun to throw and offer some advantages in deep pools etc. I went fishing earlier today and caught many small trout on the Smith Pure 5 gram thrown upstream. Within the next month, sea run brown trout will begin to migrate up my small local streams and the average size of trout I catch will be around 50 centimeters. I cannot waitlifeofRiley wrote: ↑Tue May 21, 2019 11:57 amThanks for the reccomendations, I just ordered $14 worth of the chinese spoons. I fish the upper midwest, mainly wisconsin and Minnesota trout streams. Inline spinners are what 99% of people throw and they work great but I figured after reading about spoons on here that they've got to be worth a try. Hopefully the streams around here clear up soon and we stop getting rain. Everything has been too muddy and/or high to fish most of this spring.
As mentioned in another thread, line twist is a non-issue for me when using baitcasters, 4-8 strand PE, and the Owner 52459. Actually, I have also used basic egg / diamond snaps and still no problem. Only exception, for some reason, has been with WFT Gliss where I have had line twist allthough it did not affect my fishing or catch rate...poisonokie wrote: ↑Tue May 21, 2019 1:02 pmI just don't see how you deal with line twist with inline spinners. Even with a swivel it'll wreck my spool after a while. I suppose using braid helps, since line twist doesn't matter as much, but on a spinning reel I wound up with some crazy wind knots from throwing those.
I use baitcasters, monofilament line, and large inline spinners #4-5 including heavy Flying Cs when salmon fishing and no line twist issue there either.
Spinning reels is another story but others seem to manage...
I've caught trout from 6" to 16" on it. It's easy to find in trout country stores; Wal-Marts usually have them.
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Would you mind posting a link...? They have a bunch of different ones listed. Thanks!poisonokie wrote: ↑Tue May 21, 2019 11:22 amHate to say this, but check out the yapada spoons on all express. They have great finishes and use owner hooks. You'll save a ton of money. The ones by Daiwa are exorbitantly expensive by comparison. At least use the yapadas until you find all the snags. They say Lure Land on the packaging if that helps track them down.
I had about 5 min this morning to make a few casts and walk off the distance in the front yard. There was a slight 2mph crosswind and high humidity which makes the air less dense and more slippery. There are, however, line grabbing shrubs and trees on one side of the narrow 20-25' space and a car or two parked at the curb of the other side, so I can't just cast with abandon. Even so, with the mag brake at max and the mechanical brake up, and with the caveat that I paced off the distance, I could get ~25 yards without a hint of backlash. In a more open setting where I could turn down the mag braking a few notches and possibly even relax the spool tension, and swing for the fences, I'm confident I could smash in a few more yards.
This weekend I'll do just that and count the number of cranks it takes to get the spoon back to where it was when I casted. That should give a more accurate number since the difference in the arbor diameter and that of a full spool is minimal and it takes the length of the rod out of the equation.
Here's the setup: