The Shimano Slim Swimmer spoons were designed to address three problems that the Murata Group had identified with common spoon designs. First, with shorter spoons, they found that when a fish reversed directions, the line could enter the fish's mouth and get cut on a tooth. The length of the spoons will reduce the chance that the line will get cut on a tooth, increasing the percentage of hooked fish that are actually landed. Second, many of the longer spoons on the market have a very pronounced wobble. That additional resistance as you retrieve the spoon tends to make it lift to the surface. The Shimano Slim Swimmer has a gentle roll rather than a wide wobble, reducing the tendency to rise in the water column. Third, the gentle roll rather than extreme wobble makes it easier for a fish to catch it, thus making it easier for you to hook the fish.
The Shimano Roll Swimmer Spoons were also designed by the Murata Group.
Shimano Roll Swimmer Gold - $7.50
Shimano Roll Swimmer Silver - $7.50
Shimano Roll Swimmer Black - $6.00
The Smith Drop Diamond and Edge Diamond spoons have a diamond pattern on the front side (smooth metal on the back). The three dimensional diamond pattern catches and reflects light differently than smooth metal. Both the Drop Diamond and the Edge Diamond have a fairly narrow wobble. The Drop Diamond is better with a slower retrieve. The Edge Diamond resists rising when retrieved, so it would be a better choice for a faster retrieve or faster current. Both are 3 gram spoons (about 1/10 oz), which will cast well with either a spinning rod or with a baitcaster equipped with a BFS reel (all the baitcast reels sold on Finesse Fishing are BFS).
The split ring line attachment allows maximum action. The single hook allows easy release. The hooks have micro barbs, which are easy to bend down if you fish in an area that requires single barbless hooks, or if you just prefer to fish with single barbless hooks.
The Silver Yamame spoons are silver on the back. the red, gold and orange spoons are gold on the back.
The Yamame is one of the three native salmonids Japanese lure fishermen target in mountain streams. They have distinctive parr marks, not unlike young brook, brown and rainbow trout. Of the various Smith Diamond spoon colors, I have chosen the ones the most distinct parr marks. I think they will pretty closely match our young trout, and if you fish for bass as well as trout, the Edge Diamond Orange Yamame looks like a small yellow perch.
All the Smith Diamond spoons are out of stock, but all have been reordered.
The Daiwa Adam, Lupin and Vega spoons come with Daiwa Presso "Speed" hooks. The hooks are incredibly sharp and it is very easy to get positive hook sets. However, I have had reports of people breaking the hooks on large fish. I would strongly recommend against aggressive hook sets, which are not necessary anyway because the hooks are so sharp. I would also recommend a light drag setting. The spoons and hooks were designed with lake fishing in mind, where an angler does not have to fight the current as well as the fish, and where lines as light as 1.5lb and 2lb are used (and that's an honest 2lb, that really does break at 2lb). If you are fishing waters that hold large trout and fast current, you might want to replace the factory hooks with size 8 C'ultiva SBL35 hooks, about which I have not any reports of breakage.
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