May 25

Trout Fishing With Spinners

Using the Spinners

I have written several articles on finding fish and articles on different types of lures. I would now like to share some information regarding the use of the spinner. My intention here is to make your experience on the water more productive. Not only will you improve your odds you will have more fun as well. Panther Martin Spinner

Every fisherman has the privilege of seeing different colors and sizes of spinners when he enters the sporting goods store and looks at the shelves. We would all agree the selection is impressive but how do you select a lure which will best suit the river or lake you intend to fish. I used to believe in the old superstition that was based on hearsay, what appealed to my eye or the last fisherman I talked to at the river. What I think happens to most anglers and has happened to me is we select lures “A” “B” and “C” from the shelf. We then go out and fish these lures we selected. We then successfully make a satisfying catch with these lures and then conclude that we have found the “perfect lure”. The fisherman then fishes his “chosen” lures catching a fish every so often. Once in awhile an outstanding catch is made and the fisherman believes he now has an exceptional lure once the fish are “on the bite”.

I now look at things a lot different now I know more. I believe the angler makes a catch when his “chosen” lure coincides with the conditions that are best suited to his “chosen” lure and the style he is fishing it. The result is a predictable one, sometimes he catches a decent fish and sometimes he gets skunked and every so often he catches a monster. This is a classic example of anglers who fish for Trout. I believe the reason that fishing spinners has never been taken seriously is that many fisherman do not take the scientific approach to fishing them, what I mean is matching the lure to the prevailing conditions just like the fly fisherman who carries with him a dozen different fly’s to match the hatch. I believe that anglers when fishing hardware have to consider size, degree of flash, color combination in relation to the water color, temperature, and light conditions. These considerations will produce good consistent catches of high quality fish.

The main objective here is to put spinner fishing within a specific framework where the choice of a particular lure is based upon tangible environmental factors. This will help you dictate what color, size and weight of spinner should be used. An example, a fly fisherman in May will not tie a big fly on the line as this is when the May Fly hatch is coming off here. He will tie a small fly that looks as close as possible to the May Fly, he will use the same colors and will keep the fly at the top of the water surface. Same thing with spinners, use a smaller spinner that is light and has the same colors in it and you will find success.  This is the framework I speak of here. There is absolutely no reason why trout cannot be negotiated with spinners regularly in all conditions. A great deal of practice combined with some patience and an accurate thermometer will be your greatest asset. A note book to write down your experiences will also add to your future fun fishing the spinner.


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    • Eagle Eyes on May 26, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Very good post here, Mike! Thanks for sharing some of your knowledge on spinner fishing for trout.

  1. Thank you very much Ol’ Eagle Eyes. Your new Blog is looking great I must say. I hope this article helps the reader look at fishing spinners in a different way.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to reading your next post.

    Happy fishing,


  2. I haven’t been out spinner fishing for the past 5 years due to health but I love fishing trout with a spinner.

    Some of the places I fish for Atlantic salmon have some awesome trout as well but they are fly fishing only, which I love as well.

    I would love to be able to fish a spinner in a few of those spots for trout.

    I got out fishing last Sunday for the first time in 5 years and had a blast all day. It took me three or four days to regain my strength but it was worth it.

    I did go to a place where I fish salmon but didn’t take any spinning gear because usually by this time of year it is fly fishing only.

    Well at some point in the past 5 years they changed the rules because when I got there people were all over the place with their spinning gear. I was a bit disappointed but I will remember that for next year.

    My fishing buddies and I have a few beaver ponds we fish with our float tubes and we have the best time in there with spinners but we carry a variety of colours and sizes.

    • tyler5599 on November 23, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Spinners rock!!;) You can real them in fast or slow. They are easy to cast and the catch all types of fish.;)

  3. Hello Tyler, spinners do rock and they tend to be a very effective weapon here on the Bow River. I love fishing spinners in small creeks and streams as well as large rivers.

    Thanks for taking the time and posting a comment.


    • Robin Fong on June 7, 2009 at 9:27 am


    Thanks for your blog – I can say that as someone new moving to Calgary looking to fish the Bow, this is probably the most informative down to earth site I have seen….and your youtube posts as well.

    I have a quick question. I keep hearing fly fishing on the Bow – should I invest in new fly fishing gear to fish the Bow, or can one simply use the baitcast or spincast methods to fish for trout on the Bow?

    Your response would be very much appreciated.

    Tx in advance.

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