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WooDream Handmade Lures

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 not 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. More info...

WooDream Arbor 50S

Length: 50mm
Weight: 5.5 grams

S-shaped path with steady retrieve, dying bait fish action with twitches.

Color: PKO The lure has two barbless single hooks, not the trebles shown in the photo.Color: PKO
The lure has two barbless single hooks, not the trebles shown in the photo.
WooDream Arbor 50S, Color PKO - $39

Smith D-Contact

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.

50mm, 4.5g

Many minnows in the US share a similar color pattern, with an olive-brown back, a dark stripe down the side and a white or off-white belly. The Japanese minnow with the closest color pattern is the Ugui. It has two stripes rather than one, but the overall impression is pretty much the same.

The Smith D-Contact 50S Ugui looks more like a black nose dace than any minnow plug I have ever seen. There are probably thirty other species in the US that are similar enough to the D-Contact 50S Ugui that a trout it would immediately see it as "food."

The lure isn't cheap, but I am confident that it will prove to be very effective.

50mm, 4.5g

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.

70mm, 3.2g

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.

60mm, 6.5g

Palms Thumb Shad

The Palms Thumb Shad is a suspending minnow lure designed for trout fishing in mountain streams. Most JDM minnow lures are either floating or sinking, so you are always at risk of not getting the lure deep enough or getting too deep and getting it caught in rocks.  The Palms Thumb Shad is a nice option when you want it to get down a bit, but then stay around that depth.

Thumb ShadThumb Shad

Having single hooks also reduces the chance that the Thumb Shad will get hung up on rocks or sunken logs. Palms recommends a steady retrieve as your standard, although you can add gentle pulses of the rod tip to get an irregular darting action.

The molded plastic lip is stronger than on most minnow lures, reducing the chance that it will break if an errant cast lands on rocks.

The Palms Thumb Shad comes in two sizes, a 39mm length that weighs 2.2g and a 45mm length that weighs 3.5g. The 39mm Thumb Shad comes with size 10 barbless hooks. The 43mm Thumb Shad comes with size 8 barbless hooks.

Stream ShadStream Shad
Palms Thumb Shad
39mm 2.2g
Stream Shad - $15

Palms Alexandra

The Palms Alexandra is one of the few minnow plugs intended for trout fishing in mountain streams that comes from the factory with single hooks. The lure is weighted, and the weight slides to the back when casting, to improve accuracy; and to the middle after it lands, to allow a level orientation as it sinks. The Palms Alexandra is flat sided, and has an erratic action. The lip is constructed to be stronger than on most minnow lures. The front hook is attached to an eye that swivels, reducing the chance that a fish could lever or twist itself off the barbless hook.

The photo shows microbarbed hooks but the hooks on the Alexandra are indeed barbless.The photo shows microbarbed hooks but the hooks on the Alexandra are indeed barbless.

I have the Palms Alexandra in two sizes, a 35mm length that weighs 1.9g and a 50mm length that weighs 4.5g. (I do not have the 43mm length shown above.) The 35mm size comes with size 12 barbless hooks. The 50mm size comes with size 8 barbless hooks.

Palms Alexandra AX50
50mm 4.5g
Yamame - $19

Young AyuYoung Ayu
Palms Alexandra AX35
35mm 1.9g
Young Ayu - $16

Daiwa Silver Creek Minnows

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 Silver Creek 61S

  • Heavy sinking model
  • 6.1 cm length (2.4")
  • 6.5 gram weight

Daiwa Silver Creek 50S

  • Heavy sinking model
  • 5.0 cm length (2")
  • 4.5 gram weight

Daiwa Silver Creek 44S

Daiwa Silver Creek 44S

  • Heavy sinking model
  • 4.4 cm length (2")
  • 4.2 gram weight

Ever wonder why minnows have dark backs and young trout have parr marks? Camouflage!  Trout can't eat them if they can't see them.

Why fish camouflaged lures?

Daiwa Silver Creek Minnow 44S
Fluorescent Orange - $12

Daiwa Presso Step Dart 40S

  • 40 mm length (just over 1.5 inches)
  • 3.2 grams (just under 1/8 oz)
  • Two single Van Hook CK33W #8 barbless hooks
  • Fast sink
  • Fast wobble on steady retrieve
  • Side to side darting action on jerked retrieve
  • More info...
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Daiwa Presso Step Dart 40S
Olive Glow - $15

Daiwa Presso Step Dart 40S
Topping Food RG - $15


  • One inch
  • 1/16 ounce
  • Single mini-barb hook
  • Sinking
  • Vibrating and rattling
  • More info...
Z-Viber Ayu - $5.50

Z-Viber Chartreuse - $5.50

Z-Viber Goldfish - $5.50

Fire TigerFire Tiger
Z-Viber Fire Tiger - $5.50

Yellow Perch
Z-Viber Yellow Perch - $5.50


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.


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