Please note: I will be away the first week of June. If you think you might want something then please order well in advance so I can ship it before I go.


JDM Spoons Shop

The JDM Spoons Shop makes a variety of Japanese spoons available to American anglers. Spoons are not that popular in the US, with only a few brands and only a few shapes available. In contrast, spoons are quite popular in Japan, primarily for fishing in Areas, the private pay-to-fish lakes. Their success in Areas has prompted manufacturers to introduce spoons for native fish in mountain streams. Interestingly, many of the spoons intended for fishing in streams still come with single hooks.


Forest Spoons

The Forest Spoons were recommended to me by an angler who had used them in Japan.

Most of the images do not show it, but each spoon comes with a single hook. The hooks are barbless unless otherwise specified.


Forest MIU Abalone

The Forest MIU spoons were initially designed for fishing in Areas (private, managed pay-to-fish lakes) but they were so successful that Forest added more sizes and more colors with  some sizes and color patterns clearly intended for native trout. Although most MIU spoons are painted, and look reasonably similar to all the other spoons on this page, The MIU Native Series also includes some Abalone spoons, which are unlike any lures I have ever seen. The spoons are iridescent, and as they move they shimmer - catching the light and reflecting rainbow colors in irregular bars, stripes or just splashes of bright color. A still photo cannot do them justice because the pattern changes as they move.

Each individual spoon is different, and although the MIU Native Series Abalone spoons come in ten color patterns, I have chosen only the No. 3, which has a subtle base color of a light grey on one side and a light cream color on the other, with a black outline on the grey side and a gold outline on the cream side. The back of the spoon is gold.

The spoons come with a single micro barb hook and a split ring to attach your line or snap.

The 2.8g spoons are 1 1/8" x 7/16". The 3.5g spoons and the 4.2g are 1 1/4" x 7/16". The 4.2g spoons are stamped from thicker metal than the 3.5g spoons.

Please note: The color patten on every spoon is different, and it changes as you move the spoon. The images above are representative of all the spoons. There is no noticeable difference in the patterns of the different sizes. Every spoon is unique.

Forest MIU Abalone
2.8g - $8.00
Forest MIU Abalone
3.5g - $8.00
Forest MIU Abalone
4.2g - $8.00

Forest Chaser Spoons

Forest Chaser spoons come in 15 colors and 3 weights. For now, I have three colors and two weights. Unlike the Daiwa Presso Lupin and Vega spoons, the heavier Chaser spoon is larger than the lighter ones. Spoons #2 and #9 are .6g, and are about 5/16" x 13/16". Spoon #11 is 1.2g and is about 3/8" x 15/16".

Forest Chaser
#2 .6g - $5.50

Forest Chaser
#9 .6g - $5.50

Forest Chaser
#11 1.2g - $5.50


Forest Marshal Tournament Spoons

The Marshal Tournament spoons, in these colors, were recommended to me by an angler who had used them very successfully in Japan.

When they were out of stock, I got a message asking me to be sure to bring them back rather than drop them.

It seems they work very well here in the US, too.

Weight - .9g
Dimensions 5/16" x 15/16"


Forest Marshal Tournament
No6 - $5.50

Forest Marshal Tournament
No11 - $5.50

Forest Marshal 2.3g Spoons

Although the Marshal 2.3g spoons were designed for use in areas, the slim profile should make the very effective in streams, where the current can force wider spoons up to the surface. The wobbling action is more subtle than wider or more deeply cupped spoons. Twitching the rod tip will make the spoon dart. 1 5/16" x 5/16".


Marshal 2.3g spoon No. 16 - $5.50

Forest Marshal River Spoons

The Forest Marshal River series of spoons are larger, longer and more aggressively cupped than the Marshal 2.3g or Tournament spoons. As their name suggests, they were designed for fishing mountain streams and larger rivers as an alternative to plugs.

They are 3/8" wide and 1 15/16" long, virtually the same length as the 50 mm sinking minnows that are the "go to" lure for many Japanese anglers who fish lures in mountain streams. At 4.8 g, they are also a comparable weight and will cast like bullets with either spinning or BFS tackle.

My limited photo skills cannot adequately capture the lures' colors, particularly the No.11. The No.11 spoon is silver on the half of the spoon towards the bottom of the photo, and a greenish gold on the half towards the top of the photo. The parr marks are blue. The back of the spoon is silver.  The No.12 spoon is golden brown on the side towards the top of the photo and orange along the side at the bottom of the photo. The parr marks are silver and the spots are white. The back of the spoon is gold. The N0.14  spoon is flat black with blue sparkles. The No.15 spoon is striped, pink, yellow and orange, and has silver sparkles.

The Forest Marshal River spoons come with  a single micro barb hook.

Marshal River No.11 - $6.50


Marshal River No.12 - $6.50


Marshal River No.14 - $6.50


Marshal River No.15 - $6.50


Forest Marshal River Spoon Blades

If you want to fish gold or silver spoons, or if you want to paint your own design onto the spoons, I have a few spoon blades available. For now, just the Forest Marshall spoon blades in gold or silver. Five spoon blades per package.

I would recommend the size 1 Cultiva split rings (one on each end of the spoon) and the size 6 Cultiva SBL-35 hook. Either the Cultiva or the Daiwa split ring pliers will work.

Be sure to attach the hook so that it points away from you when you are looking at the  side of the spoon that normally gets painted (the convex side).

Forest Marshal River Blades
Gold, pkg of 5 - $18

Forest Marshal River Blades
Silver, pkg of 5 - $18


Forest PAL Spoons

Forest PAL spoons were designed to be fished slowly. They will do best in lakes or streams with modest current.

The Forest PAL series has 25 colors and three weights. To start with I will have a few colors and one weight - 1.6 grams. Although the images are smaller, the spoons are the same size as the PAL Limited spoons below (3/8" x 1").

Forest PAL spoon No.4
1.6g - $5.50

Forest PAL spoon No.16
1.6g - $5.50

Forest PAL spoon No.20
1.6g - $5.50


Forest PAL Limited Spoons

The Forest PAL Limited spoons are available in five colors and three weights.  I currently have two colors and one weight - 1.6 grams. The spoons are 3/8" x 1".

They are made in a limited production run, and when Forest sells out they are gone.

Forest PAL Limited No.31 1.6g - $5.75

Forest Factor Spoons

The Factor spoons were designed to be fished at an intermediate speed. These two sizes and colors were recommended to me by an American angler who has had very good luck with them. The 1.2g spoons are 15/16" x 3/8". The 1.8g spoons are 15/16" x just over 3/8".

Forest Factor No.10
1.2g - $5.50


Forest Factor No.10
1.8g - $5.50

Forest Factor No.17
1.2g - $5.50


Forest Factor No.17
1.8g - $5.50



Shimano Spoons

Shimano Slim Swimmer Spoons

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.

  • 2.5 grams (1/12 oz)
  • Single barbless hook
  • 1 1/4" x 3/8"
  • Gentle roll rather than wide wobble resists rising as you retrieve and makes it easier for the fish to catch it
Shimano Slim Swimmer
Silver - $7.50

Shimano Slim Swimmer
Gold - $7.50

Shimano Slim Swimmer
Red Gold - $7.50


 Shimano Roll Swimmer Spoons

The Shimano Roll Swimmer Spoons were also designed by the Murata Group.

  • 2.5 grams (1/12 oz)
  • Single barbless hook
  • 1 1/16" x 1/2"
  • Rounder shape emphasizes the gentle roll. Better for slower retrieve speed and slower current.
Shimano Roll Swimmer
Gold - $7.50

Shimano Roll Swimmer
Silver - $7.50

Shimano Roll Swimmer
Black - $6.00



Smith Spoons

Smith D-S line Spoons

The Smith D-S line spoons have a more pronounced "S" bend than many spoon designs. This shape gives it good movement at a low retrieve speed. The raised front will also make it dart one way or another with slight pulses of the rod tip. The "D-S" might or might not stand for "dart and swim," but the shape does allow more manipulation than you could ever get with the familiar US spoon brands.

The back of the spoons have orange and chartreuse dots. I have not yet had a chance to fish with them, so I cannot confirm if the Sight Marker actually does allow you to see the spoon more easily during the retrieve, of if the Bite Marker actually does give the fish a target to bite.

It is the face of the spoon that intrigues me. The Smith D-S line spoons have a crosshatch either machined or stamped onto one side of the spoon face. It definitely catches the light as you move the spoon.

The images below are better than I could take with my simple point and shoot camera, because the spoons are shiny enough I always got a blue reflection of my blue camera. The image of the Yamame Silver spoon shows a highlight along the crosshatching, and a darker area below that. The darker area is just how the light plays on the very shiny silver. There is no gray paint on the spoon. There is some white paint along the edge opposite the crosshatching. It is very similar to the orange paint that is more easily seen along the edge of the Yamame Gold spoon.

  • Light catching cross hatching
  • 3 grams (roughly 1/10 oz) or 4 grams (roughly 1/8 oz)
  • Single Micro Barb Hook
  • Split rings for maximum action
  • 1 3/16" x 3/8" (3g) or 1 3/8" x 3/8" (4g)
  • Good action with slow retrieve
Smith D-S line Red Gold
Smith D-S line Yamame Gold
Smith D-S line Yamame Silver
Red Gold 3g - $9.00

Red Gold 4g - $9.00
Yamame Gold 3g - $9.00

Yamame Gold 4g - $9.00
Yamame Silver 3g - $9.00

Yamame Silver 4g - $9.00

Smith Diamond Spoons

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. The spoons weigh 3 grams (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, orange and gold 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.


Smith Drop Diamond Spoons

  • Three dimensional diamond pattern
  • 3 grams (1/10 oz)
  • Single micro barb hook
  • Split rings for maximum action
  • 1 1/8" x almost 1/2"
  • Better choice for slow retrieve or slower current
Smith Drop Diamond
Red Yamame - $8.75

Smith Drop Diamond
Gold Yamame - $8.75

Smith Drop Diamond
Silver Yamame - $8.75


Smith Edge Diamond Spoons

  • Three dimensional diamond pattern
  • 3 grams (1/10 oz)
  • Single micro barb hook
  • Split rings for maximum action
  • 1 3/8" x 7/16"
  • Better choice for fast retrieve or faster current
Smith Edge Diamond
Orange Yamame - $8.75

Smith Edge Diamond
Silver Yamame - $8.75



Daiwa Spoons

Daiwa Crusader Spoons

  • 2.5 or 4.0 gram weight
  • 2.5g spoon just under 1 1/8" long, 4g spoon 1 3/8" long
  • Highly polished for maximum flash
  • Split ring attachment for maximum action
  • The spoons DO NOT HAVE THE BLACK LINES shown in the images
  • THE SPOONS ALL COME WITH A SINGLE MICRO BARB HOOK even though the photos don't show hooks
  • More info...

Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Gold-Red
$6


Daiwa Crusader
4.0g Gold-Red
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Gold
$6


Daiwa Crusader
4.0g Gold
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Silver
$6


Daiwa Crusader
4.0g Silver
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Yamame
$6


Daiwa Crusader
4.0g Yamame
$6

Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Gold Red Tiger
$6


Daiwa Crusader
4.0g Gold Red Tiger
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Green Parr
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Red Parr
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Blue Parr
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Blue Silver
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Cream Glow
$6


Daiwa Crusader
2.5g Orange Mango
$6


Daiwa Presso Adam Spoons

  • 2.2 gram spoons in stock
  • Just over 1" long, 7/16" wide
  • THE SPOONS COME WITH A SINGLE BARBLESS HOOK even though the photos don't show hooks (and they are SHARP!)
  • Split ring attachment for maximum action

Daiwa Presso Adam
Area Mocha $6.00


Daiwa Presso Adam
Glossy Black $6.00


Daiwa Presso Adam
Orange Gold $6.00


Daiwa Presso Adam
Persimmon $6.00


Daiwa Presso Adam
Lemonade $6.00



Daiwa Presso Lupin Spoons

  • 1.2 or 1.8 gram spoons in stock
  • 7/8" long, 7/16" wide
  • Split ring attachment for maximum action
  • Spoon shape is very slightly asymmetrical, which increases the action
  • The spoons DO NOT HAVE THE BLACK LINES shown in the images
  • THE SPOONS COME WITH A SINGLE BARBLESS HOOK even though the photos don't show hooks (and they are SHARP!)

I believe Daiwa has discontinued the Lupin spoons. I will not be able to get more.


Daiwa Presso Lupin
Silver
1.2g - $6.00


Daiwa Presso Lupin
Orange Black
1.2g - $6.00
(the orange is much brighter than in the photo)

Daiwa Presso Lupin
Orange Black
1.8g - $6.00
(the orange is much brighter than in the photo)


Daiwa Presso Lupin
Horizon
1.2g - $6.00

Daiwa Presso Lupin
Horizon
1.8g - $6.00

Daiwa Presso Lupin
Glossy Black
1.2g - $6.00

Daiwa Presso Lupin
Glossy Black
1.8g - $6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega Spoons

  • .4 gram or .8 gram
  • Just under 7/8" long and just under 3/8" wide
  • THE SPOONS COME WITH A SINGLE BARBLESS HOOK even though the photos do not show hooks (and they are SHARP!)
  • More info...

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Nightmare
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Nightmare
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Gold
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Gold
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Silver
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Silver
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Glossy Black
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Glossy Black
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Mocha Black
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Mocha Black
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Horizon
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Horizon
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Dark Forest
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Lemonade
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Yellow Dagger
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Green Pellet
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Brown Pellet
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Brown Pellet
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Khaki Brown
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Area Brown
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g Manhattan
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.8g Manhattan
$6.00

Daiwa Presso Vega
.4g White Bug
$6.00



Hooks

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.


Shipping

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.



Warning:

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