Daiwa Fly Spoons
by Rob Ruff
These spoons worked really well. I went to a tailwater today that is only stocked with trout during the winter months. The water cannot sustain a year round trout fishery because it gets too warm during the summer months. What that means though, is a fair amount of fishing pressure from anglers, whether they are fly fishing, spin fishing or bait fishing during the winter because everyone loves trout.
I used a gold, 0.4 gram spoon with my western rod. I also tried the spoons with a tenkara rod and a hybrid floating line as well. Both setups caught fish. I did find it easier to fish the spoon with my western rod because I was able to cast a longer distance.
I fished the spoons cross current much like a spinner. I caught well over ten and lost around seven fish. The spoons work, especially in the tail end of a riffle, where the water gets slack and the trout congregate to catch whatever floats their way. In the past, I've had some trouble catching them on a fly alone. These spoons are small enough, yet have just the right amount of flash to attract a hungry trout's attention.
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
As age slows my pace, I will become more like the heron.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
Beware of the Dogma