The JDM Spinners Shop brings Japanese lure design to American anglers who prefer spinners. In Japan, spoons are more popular in lakes, and minnow plugs are more popular in streams. In the US, spinners are more popular by far!
Given that Finesse-Fishing has carried a wide (and growing) selection of spoons and plugs, but up until recently no spinners, you might think that I am dead set against spinners. That is not the case. I've just never been happy with spinners that are readily available in the US.
Nearly all come with the predictable barbed treble hook. If you look hard enough, you might find some single hook spinners, but only with ungainly barbed Siwash hooks.
The spinners I've chosen to carry have a different design philosophy. First they come with a built-in swivel to reduce line twist. Second, they come with a single barbless or micro-barbed hook. The Daiwa Silver Creek spinners do come with a barbed treble hook, but the hook is attached with a split ring, so you can replace the treble with the barbless single hook I will include with the spinner.
The best spinner fisherman I know always fishes a spinner with a simple bead body. When Daiwa added gold and silver bead bodies to their Silver Creek Spinner line up I decided to add them to the shop.
The Daiwa Silver Creek Spinners come with the features I look for in a spinner:
It is very rare to see a split ring to attach the hook on a spinner but
it is valuable for two reasons. First, it allows you to change the hook
if it gets bent, broken or dull. For the Silver Creek Spinners in particular, it allows you to replace the factory treble hook with a single hook. Second, it acts like a universal joint
and greatly reduces the chance that a twisting trout can get leverage
to twist the hook out.
The spinners come with a treble hook, but I will enclose a single barbless hook with each spinner.
Some months ago I got a nice compliment on the site from a truly international angler who has fished all over the world. However, he said that he didn't understand why I didn't stock the Smith Niakis spinner. I replied that I had a bias against spinners because they cause line twist. He said the Niakis doesn't. In his words they "genuinely don't twist line and are lethal on panfish, bass, trout you name it. Clever design, built in power swivel and offset bodies. These Smith spinners are the real deal, fished them lots on mono, no line twist."
The Smith Niakis has several design elements that I believe set them apart from the spinners that are readily available here in the US.
It is very rare to see a split ring to attach the hook on a spinner but it is valuable for two reasons. First, it allows you to change the hook if it gets bent, broken or dull. Second, it acts like a universal joint and greatly reduces the chance that a twisting trout can get leverage to twist the hook out.
The Smith Niakis comes in more weights and colors than I could possibly stock. The 3 gram and 6 gram spinners come with single hooks. The other sizes (which I do not import) come with trebles. The 3g Niakis comes with a size 1 blade and a size 8 Gamakatsu hook. The 6g Niakis comes with a size 6 Gamakatsu hook.
Please note: what looks like black paint on the belly of several spinners is just shadow.
The same international angler who recommend the Smith Niakis spinners also recommended the Smith AR-S spinners. The basic design is similar to the familiar Panther Martin, but the Smith AR-S SH model comes with a built-in swivel and a single hook. As he told me with the Niakis, these Smith spinners are the real deal, fished them lots on mono, no line twist."
The spinners come with a single barbless size 8 hook (split ring attachment).
The 1.5 and 2 gram sizes are perfect for Ultra Light spinning gear.
When using these spinners, be ready for an immediate strike. Smith writes that they are effective on the fall. A start-stop, darting retrieve is also possible with this spinner design.
The Palms SpinWalk Clevis is obviously not the same design as the Smith Niakis but both share several design elements that I believe set them apart from the spinners that are readily available here in the US.
The 2.6 gram spinners are just under 1/10 oz. They come with a single barbless size 6 hook. The French blade is a size 0. The 3 gram spinners are just over 1/10 oz. They come with a single barbless size 4 hook. The French blade is a little larger than a size 1 but quite a bit smaller than a size 2.
Domestic shipping is by USPS First Class Mail (unless ordered along with a rod). The $4 charge will be added to your order automatically.
Please note: All packages are shipped via USPS. If you have a PO Box, please list ONLY the PO Box in your address, not the PO Box and your street address.
If you live in an apartment, please put the apartment number on the same line in the order form as the your street address, for example
123 Main St Apt 4
Yourtown, XX 12345
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.
International purchases may be subject to import duties and taxes. I cannot keep track of all import regulations in all countries written in all languages. Understanding and paying import duties and taxes is the responsibility of the buyer.
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