- Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:08 am
When talking about conventional tackle, the gold spoon is a 'must have' when stalking reds (especially this time of year). I prefer the Johnsons Weedless Spoon, and I usually use the smallest one I can find. As already stated, using a quality swivel is a must in my humble opinion as it counteracts any line twist.
When talking about fly fishing: If you tie (or 'construct' depending on your point of view) your own spoon flies, make sure you use a swivel. Your leader will most definitely twist after a few casts and can lead to frustration (especially when you spot a red and your leader is coiling up on you). I tie my spoons using size 2 Mustads. I think most people tie a small swivel to the end of their leaders then add an additional 12-18 inches of tippet, which then gets tied to your spoon. However, I have learned (with patience and practice) I am able to open up the hook eye on those Mustad hooks and actually add my swivel directly to my spoon fly. Granted it takes some practice (and a few broken hook eyes) before you get it right. However, the beauty of doing it in this fashion is that it adds just a little bit more weight to your spoon fly, allows the spoon fly to spin while false casting (reducing line twist), and eliminates a step if you have to add additional tippet when using the first swivel method I mentioned earlier. A word of advice though, if you're making your own spoon flies, add the swivel to the hook eye BEFORE you start tying on the hook. I've learned the hard way that trying to do it AFTER you've got your spoon fly tied up and ready isn't always the wisest thing. I've got at least a dozen beautifully tied spoon flies with broken hook eyes to prove it. Anyways, I hope this helps.