Recommended spinner: probably the single most effective spinner is a long bladed No.2 Mepps in gold. In recent times, Black Furies have done well and Rapalas account for a number of larger salmon. Overall recommendations are:
- Yellow flying Cs in coloured water
- Small flying Cs (7g)
- Silver and red colour combinations
- Black Fury Mepps (black and gold)
- Mepps because their blades are active all the time (although some of us do not like the quality of their hooks)
Varying the depth of your spinner:
in addition to weight and speed of retrieve, the height you hold your rod tip will also effect the depth your lure works - try raising the rod tip as you get nearer shallow water. The spinner will rise in the water. The further across or up you cast your spinner (as opposed to down and across), the deeper your spinner will fish.
Generally, you want your spinner near the bottom and experienced members prefer to fish straight across the river as it gives the fish time to see the lure with both eyes and puts it across the fish's nose. Bringing a lure upstream presents a lure to one side of a fish and tends to be less successful.
Avoiding tangled spinners: if you remove one point from the treble hook on each spinner (preferably the welded on one), you can stick the resulting double hooks on each spinner into one cork, getting up to a dozen spinners attached to one cork in a tangle free format you can keep in a pocket without too much risk of stabbing yourself. Alternatively, some members drill a hole through a cork, then cut down the side of the cork into the central hole. They then cut the cork into slices so they have a disc that can be slid onto the shank of the hook and the points and barbs can be pushed safely into the flat side of the cork.
Best way of using one hook on a Rapala:
various alternatives are illustrated, all of which comply with our "only one hook" rule, but the committee cannot agree which is best. They all feature a small bit of lead wire to replace the weight of the treble that is removed, so that the lure is balanced. Please let us know
what you think is best and provide an example of any alternative rigs.
My spinner is stuck on a rock (again!):
Rather than just yanking, put the line under reasonable pressure, so there is a good bend in your rod, and then "twang" the line between the reel and first rod eye quite aggressively - you will be surprised how often the spinner will come flying back to you.