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WooDream lures are Japanese hand made wooden lures. They are absolutely beautiful (and they catch fish). There are several models and quite a few colors but not all styles and definitely not all colors are available at any one time. I have never been able to get all the styles or all the colors I want. What I can get depends on what is available when the order is placed. Unfortunately, for some of the lures I was able to get only one. Doubly unfortunate, I do not think I will be able to get any more this year. More info...
WooDream Arbor 50S
Weight: 5.5 grams
S-shaped path with steady retrieve, dying bait fish action with twitches.
Smith D-Contact 50S Chartreuse Back Yamame
Most small trout do not become large trout. Most get eaten by large trout! The most noticeable feature of small trout, whether brown, brooks or rainbows, is their prominent parr marks. The Japanese Yamame also have prominent parr marks.
The Smith D-Contact 50S Yamame has prominent parr marks and looks a lot like a trout fingerling. The chartreuse back makes it just a bit more visible (to the fisherman as well as the fish).
The Smith D-Contact minnows have a very good reputation in Japan. I am confident that it will prove to be very effective in the US as well.
I have gotten very good reports about the Smith Panish (panicky & shaky) minnow. The only problem with it from my standpoint is that it comes with a pair of barbed treble hooks.
However, Smith also makes a version of the Panish minnow specifically for fishing in Areas. The colors are different, but the biggest difference is that the Area version comes with a pair of single barbless hooks.
The 70F Panish is a 70mm (2 3/4") floating minnow. And although sinking minnows are more popular for stream fishing in Japan, if you are fishing a relatively shallow stream you might prefer a minnow that doesn't get very deep.
The Smith Troutin' Surger is a lipless sinking minnow lure. It has a rolling action on a steady retrieve and a darting action on a pulsed retrieve.
With no lip and with just a single tail hook, it is much less likely to get snagged so you can fish it right on the bottom.
At 6.5g, the Troutin Surger is better suited to L rods than UL.
The first Japanese minnow lure I ever got was a Daiwa Silver Creek minnow. I thought it was a wonderful lure, and I caught a quite a few fish with it. Initially I was reluctant to import it, thinking it might be too expensive to sell well. However, the Spearhead Ryuki and Daiwa Step Darts have sold, so I have reconsidered.
The flat sides and low center of gravity produce a very enticing wiggle with a steady retrieve and controlled twitches with a pulsed retrieve.
The lures come from Daiwa with a pair of treble hooks. They will come from Finesse-Fishing with a single hook taped to the box.
Daiwa Presso Step Dart 40S
Olive Glow - $15
Daiwa Presso Step Dart 40S
Topping Food RG - $15
The Forest iFish AT (Area Tune) lures are 50mm, heavy sinking minnows. At 5.5g, they are heavier than most 50mm minnow lures. They have a fixed weight, which Forest claims provides more control when swimming and twitching the lure.
They come with two single VANFOOK SP-31BL #6 hooks.
|iFish AT No.2 - $14||iFish AT No.3 - $14||iFish AT No.4 - $14|
Domestic shipping is by USPS First Class Mail (unless ordered along with a rod). The $4 charge will be added to your order automatically.
International shipping is by USPS First Class Mail Intenational (unless the entire order is over $400 or the order requires a box longer than 24". The shipping charge depends on the destination and the weight, length and value of the package.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.