Daiwa Lupin Spoons.

The Daiwa Lupin spoons are very nearly as small as the Vega spoons. They are just a bit wider, a bit more rounded, and stamped from thicker metal. Whereas the Vega spoons range from .4 grams to .8 grams, the Lupin spoons range from 1.2 grams to 1.8 grams. The difference between .8g and 1.2g may not sound like much, but it is just enough that the Lupin spoons are much easier to cast.

Lupin "Mocha Black"
Vega "Mocha Black"

They cast well enough that if you're fishing a relatively small stream you will have to be very careful to avoid putting them in the bushes on the far bank. Once you get used to them, though, the slightly greater weight will definitely improve your accuracy. On a straight stretch of stream or a large pool you can also cast them much further.

Because they are much denser than the Vega spoons (much more weight and not much more surface area) they will also swim deeper in the water column.

Daiwa Lupin "Royal Gold"

Even in  relatively small, relatively shallow streams, though, you can keep them up and out of the rocks by keeping your rod tip up during the retrieve.

Daiwa Lupin "Orange Black"

If you are fishing a larger stream with deeper holes, you can get them deeper by waiting to start the retrieve and retrieving slowly. If you retrieve a spoon extremely slowly, what you think of as the top of the spoon (i.e., the orange and black side of the Orange Black spoon) will actually be facing the bottom of the stream.

On all of Daiwa's single hook spoons, the hook is attached so that the point is up when the spoon is retrieved slowly enough that the convex side of the spoon remains facing the stream bottom. In the above photo, the Daiwa Crusader's factory barbed hook was replaced with a C'ultiva SBL-35 #8 barbless hook, but the point-up orientation was preserved. This orientation will reduce the chance of snags on either rocks or logs when the spoon is retrieved slowly.

Hook point with SaqSas technology (left) compared to normal hook (right).

The Daiwa Lupin spoons come with single barbless hooks (the Daiwa Presso SaqSas #8 Speed hook). The SaqSas hooks are fine wire hooks and are just incredibly sharp. Daiwa cautions that "you should be more careful when handling." I can attest that you do have to handle the spoons carefully or that sticky hook will indeed stick you!


Daiwa Lupin "Horizon"

Even though the Daiwa Lupin spoons were designed for trout, they will catch any fish that feeds on minnows.

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Warning:

The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.