Artifical Lures III

by Fly Fisherman

Although a fly fisherman, being accustomed to light leaders, is tempted to use these artificials on that same leader which he would use in casting the fly, he should be cautioned to step up the tippet strength to approximately a minimum of three pounds (.009) or four pounds (.011), which means a heavier leader throughout, or use a level monofilament leader inasmuch as casting is no problem as in the use of flies. I’ve gone to as high as six-pound tippets (.012 or .013) where the water was rough and the fish large. The lure itself carries enough weight to straighten out the leader and I might pass on the warning that sometimes, unless the cast is perfectly executed, the lure can sing by, overhead or “nearhead,” too close for comfort. It may even strike pay dirt. Although small and light, the tunk that it delivers is sometimes severe even if one discounts the danger in the dangling hooks.

There are many different types of “hardware” lures for both trout and other fish species. In addition to the fly rod baits, the regulation spinning lures and the well-known “bass” plugs all have their place in trout fishing. Then there is the galaxy of miscellaneous plugs and lures of diverse shapes, sizes, construction and action. One example is the balsa wood or plastic, pear shaped, fluorescent “cherry bobber,” created by a fisherman barber in the state of Washington.

 The tie clasp Super Duper lure invented by an angler in Southern California, and now being manufactured by a major tackle concern, is another. Lures which carry batteries and light up, lures that bleed, lures that are purposely noisy, lures that emit fish odor and lures which do everything but find the fish for you, and even that one might hit the market next year. Those are additions to the old stable standbys. Many of these enticers are presented to us each year. Some, figuratively, like the rockets, shoot up, flare momentarily, then fade out. Some continue their effectiveness, in varying degrees, from then on.

Trout appear to develop odd characteristics when it pertains to odd lures. They might go for them like some people go for money and then again, on certain days, they’ll shy off and hide from them or deliberately ignore them. The fish actually seem to become familiar with certain lures and wisely are not tempted by them after a brief acquaintanceship. I’m certain trout have quite a limited sense of humor, but at times they seem to laugh at us for trying to fool them with what we think is a real killer. This “pig in a poke” uncertainty with what will happen when we cast out our appetite tempter is the objective which makes fishing so much fun.

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