Micro Spoons


Micro Spoons are surprisingly effective for trout and panfish (both sunfish and crappies). I have caught bass, fallfish and creek chubs with them as well. If you haven't yet tried them, get some. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised.

There is no definitive industry standard for what would be considered a "micro spoon." I know of one company that calls their 1/8 oz spoons "micro spoons." Most of  the spoons sold here on Finesse-Fishing.com are 1/8 oz or less, so most would be micro spoons under that definition. One eighth ounce is about 3.5 grams. I've never considered the 3.5, or 3, or even most of the 2.5 gram spoons I sell to be micro spoons. I'd always thought micro spoons were smaller.

Angler holding nice brookie caught with .8g (1/35th oz) spoon.Nice brookie caught with .8g (1/35th oz) spoon

Personally, I would have chosen 1/16 oz (about 1.8 grams) rather than 1/8 oz as the upper weight limit for a micro spoon. The 1/8 oz spoons are extremely productive for trout, but so are much smaller spoons. I have found spoons of 1/16 oz or less to be just as effective for trout and a lot more effective for crappies and sunfish. For sunfish in particular, smaller is better.

Angler holding pumpkinseed caught with .8g spoon (a bit under 1/32 oz)Pumpkinseed caught with .8g spoon

There aren't many spoons that weigh just 1/16 oz in the US, but they are common in Japan, where micro spoons are the most popular lure for fishing in Areas (private pay-to-fish lakes). Although we have pay-to-fish trout parks and trout preserves in the US, they aren't common and I don't think they're that popular (other than perhaps the trout parks in Missouri, which doesn't have much trout water). In Japan, though, they are quite popular. There are dedicated anglers - and dedicated equipment that can run up to $800 for a rod. By the way, a 1/8 oz spoon is over the recommended lure weight for that $800 rod.

Even in Japan, where micro spoons are very popular, there is no universally accepted definition of a micro spoon. I have seen one blog post that suggested  any spoon under 2 grams is a micro spoon. I have seen many more, though, that define a micro spoon as being no heavier than 1 gram. A one gram spoon is certainly micro!

I think, though, that at least here in the US the 1 gram limit is too low. Perhaps if small spoons become a lot more popular here it would make sense to divide them into those that weigh less than a gram and those that weigh more than a gram but we're not there yet.

Although I had initially chosen 1/16 oz (about 1.8 grams) as the upper limit for the purposes of this website but upon reflection I think even 1.8 grams is too light and a hard dividing line is too restrictive. Anyway, there is no clear break at 1.8 grams. There is no good reason to exclude the 1.9 gram Daiwa Lumion, or the 2.1 gram Rodio-Craft NOA or even the Daiwa Adam spoons, which come in weights from 1 gram up to 2.2 grams. It would make no sense for some of the Adam spoons to be micro spoons and some not, when all share the same length and width, varying only in the thickness of the metal.

Personally, I think of micro more from the standpoint of size than of weight. The Daiwa Eve Gekiatsu spoon weighs in at 2.5 grams but it is less than an inch long. I definitely would call a it micro spoon. On the other hand, the 2 gram Smith Pure spoon is a full inch and a quarter long, which strikes me as a bit too large to be a micro spoon. The Shimano 1.5g Slim Swimmer is an inch and an eighth, which is a little long, but it is narrow and only 1.5g. I think of it as a micro spoon. You're free to disagree.

Whatever the upper limit, the lower limit seems to be .4 grams. I have not seen any spoons that are lighter than .4g and have not seen rods rated for lures of less than .4g, although Tenryu gives a lower limit for their Rayz Alter Area rods of "approaching zero."

Tenryu Rayz Alter RZA61L-T and black crappie on boat deckTenryu Rayz Alter RZA61L-T and black crappie

You can't cast a .4g spoon very far, but you can cast it far enough to catch fish. For quite some time, the Daiwa Presso Vega .4g spoons were offered on this site and on the TenkaraBum.com sister site. TenkaraBum.com sells tenkara rods and fly rods, and the tenkara rods and fly rods could cast the .4g spoons easily. Lots of people caught lots of fish with them.

Trout in net with Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker .5g gold spoon in its mouth.Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker .5g gold spoon

All good things must end, and Daiwa discontinued the Vega spoons. I have found a .5g spoon, the Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker, which I think is even better. They are a little smaller than the Vega spoons but they are thicker than the .4g Vega spoons, and they weigh 25% more. They cast just as nicely with tenkara rods and fly rods. Because they are both heavier and smaller, they get a bit deeper.

Since they are a little smaller than the Daiwa Presso Vega spoons, they are even more effective for sunfish. Sunfish have small mouths. They eat small things. They are much more likely to hit a small lure than a large one.

Although .4 and .5g spoons have been a big hit among tenkara anglers, slightly heavier spoons cast much better with spinning rods. The extra extra ultralight Daiwa Iprimi 56XXUL and the extra ultralight Daiwa Presso ST rods are rated down to .4g and the Tenryu Rayz Alter rods are rated down to "approaching zero." Both rods do much better with .9g or 1.2g spoons.

Smallmouth bass and Tenryu Rayz Alter on boat deck.Eighteen inch smallmouth caught on .9g spoon.

Every year, a friend and I vacation in Maine to fish for smallmouth bass. Most of the fish we catch are 14-17". We don't usually fish micro spoons. This past year I spent some time fishing with my Tenryu Rayz Alter RZA61L-T, which is a great rod for catching modest fish. I was having a wonderful time catching the little 8-9" smallies that are common around the rocky shoreline of the lake we fish, using a Forest Tournament .9g spoon. Running the boat just a little way offshore, I was casting for accuracy, not for distance.  All was going according to plan until I cast to a rock pile in the middle of a cove and hooked this 18 incher. The soft Area trout rod took a while to subdue the beast. Patience and a reel with a good drag allow you to land nice fish, though.

Everyone thinks "big bait, big fish" but big fish eat small things, too! If you present a big fish with an easy meal, it's likely to take it.

Angler holding sunfish with spoon in its mouth.Daiwa Presso Eve 1.2g gold spoon

The Daiwa Presso Eve 1.2g spoons are heavy enough to cast well with any of the UL spinning rods offered on Finesse-Fishing.com. The Eve spoons are less than an inch long - plenty small enough for bluegills

Angler holding creek chub caught with 1.2g Eve spoon.Creek chubs will hit spoons if they're as small as this 1.2g Daiwa Eve.

For that matter, micro spoons are small enough for micro fish! Not all micros by any means, but creek chubs will hit micro spoons given half a chance.

Shimano Slim Swimmer 1.5g spoon with small brown troutShimano Slim Swimmer 1.5g

Shimano's Slim Swimmer spoons are narrower for their length than most spoons. That makes them closer to the shape of most minnows. I have found them to be very effective. They come in a 1.5 gram weight, which would fit my definition of a micro spoon,  and in 2.5 and 3.5 gram weights, which would fit within a 1/8 oz definition of micro spoons. They also come in a 5 gram version that no one would consider a micro spoon.

Angler holding Forest Factor 1.8g spoon and brown troutForest Factor 1.8g

The Forest Factor 1.8g spoon shown above is heavy enough that an ultralight spinning rod can cast it as far as you'd need to cast on any small stream.

Angler holding sunfish, with Daiwa Area Bum rod on the boat deck.Daiwa Lupin 1.8g (discontinued), Daiwa Area Bum 60L-B (also discontinued) and Daiwa SS Air

Casting a 1.8g spoon is well within the capability of any of the BFS reels offered on Finesse-Fishing.com. As with the .4g spoons and spinning rods, they don't cast that far, but they cast plenty far enough to catch fish. The Daiwa Area Bum 60L-B was one of the few baitcasters designed for fishing Areas, and was thus one of the better baitcasters for fishing micro spoons. Daiwa has replaced it with the Presso ST 60LB, which I have not yet seen. Based on the Presso ST spinning rods I have seen and fished with, I think it will be a very nice rod for fishing the 1.8g micro spoons.

Although micro spoons are the most popular lure for fishing the Areas in Japan, they are also effective for fishing in streams, with two caveats: 1) they are light weight, so they do not get very deep. 2) if you fish downstream, the current will force them to the surface. I have done very nicely with them in smaller streams that do not have fast current, casting upstream and up-and-across into little bank eddies.

It was an eye-opener to see a Japanese YouTube video of a guy fishing micro spoons in a mountain stream with an extra ultralight rod designed for fishing in Areas. It was a very soft rod, and would not have done well with the heavy sinking minnows most steam anglers use in Japan. With the micro spoons, though, it actually worked very nicely.

To get the best action, attach the spoon to your line with a nonslip loop knot, a snap or a split ring. Snaps and split rings are offered at the bottom of the page.

Most of the photos below do not show hooks. Each micro spoon comes with a single barbless hook.


Micro Spoons by Weight

Photos are not to scale. Length and width measurements are approximate.

.5g

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker

Length 13/16", width 5/16"

Rodio-craft is a small Japanese company that makes spinning rods, spoons and plugs for fishing in Areas. Their .5g Blinde Flanker spoons are slightly smaller than the now-discontinued Daiwa .4g Vega spoons. The Blinde Flankers are 20mm long and 8mm wide. The Vega spoons were 23mm long and 9mm wide.

At .5g, they will not be too heavy to fish with tenkara rods.

Being both heavier and smaller than the Vega spoons, the Blinde Flanker spoons should fish a bit deeper than the Vega spoons, which will be an improvement, particularly in streams.

The Blinde Flankers come with a single barbless hook.

Gold
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Gold - $6.00

Silver
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Silver - $6.00

Impact
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Impact - $6.00

Black
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Black - $6.00

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker Yellow
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Yellow - $6.00

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker Pink
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Pink - $6.00


.6g

Forest Chaser

Length 13/16", width 5/16"

Action is more rolling than wobbling.

SOME PHOTOS SHOW THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE SPOON. THERE IS ONE SPOON PER PACKAGE.

Photos do not show the hooks. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Silver - Front View and Back ViewFron
View
Back
View
Forest Chaser
#1 (Silver) - $6.50

Chaser #9, Front View and Back ViewFront View
Back View
Forest Chaser
#9 - $6.50

Chaser #11, Front View and Brown BackFront View
Brown Back
Forest Chaser
#11 - $6.50


.7g

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker

Length 13/16", width 5/16"

The Rodio-craft .7g spoons are the same size as the .5g spoons. They are just a little thicker.

They are still not too heavy to fish with tenkara rods, but the casting will be a bit jerkier.

However, they should fish a bit deeper than the .5g spoons, which will be an improvement, particularly in streams.

They come with a single barbless hook.

Rodio-craft .7g Blinde Flanker Silver
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Silver - $6.00


.9g

Forest Marshal Tournament

Length 15/16", width 5/16"

The Forest Marshal Tournament spoons were recommended to me by an angler who had used them very successfully in Japan. I have gotten favorable reviews from people who have used them here.

Photo does not show the hook. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Marshall Tournament #6#6
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.6 - $6.50

Marshall Tournament #9#9
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.9 - $6.50

Marshall Tournament #11#11
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.11 - $6.50


1.2g

Daiwa Presso Eve

Length 15/16", width 3/8"

The action is rolling more than wobbling.

The Daiwa Presso Eve comes with a single barbless Daiwa Saq Sas size 8 hook.

Gold
Daiwa Presso Eve
Gold - $6.50

Silver
Daiwa Presso Eve
Silver - $6.50

Yellow Dagger
Daiwa Presso Eve
Yellow Dagger - $6.50

Spoons in stock are 1.2g, not 1.0g.
Daiwa Presso Eve
Gold Dust 1.2g - $6.50

Forest Chaser

Length 15/16", width 3/8"

Action is more rolling than wobbling.

Photo does not show the hook. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Forest Chaser Spoons
Forest Chaser
No.1 1.2g - $6.50

Forest Chaser
No.9 1.2g - $6.50

Forest Chaser
No.11 1.2g - $6.50

Forest Factor

Length 15/16", width 5/16"

The Factor spoons were designed to be fished at an intermediate speed. They have more wobble than the Forest Chaser or Daiwa Eve.

Some photos show the front and back of  the spoon. There is one spoon per package.

Photos do not show hooks. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Forest Factor Spoons
Forest Factor No.10
1.2g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.13
1.2g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.15
1.2g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.16
1.2g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.17
1.2g - $6.50


1.4g

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker

Length 15/16", width 3/8"

The outline looks very much like the Daiwa Eve, which as proved to be very effective. The Blinde Flanker has a bit more aggressive curvature, which should give it more wobble and less roll than the Eve. The hook is a barbless size 6.

Blinde Flanker GoldGold
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Gold - $6.00

Blinde Flanker SilverSilver
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Silver - $6.00

Blinde Flanker ImpactImpact
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Impact - $6.00

Blinde Flanker BlackBlack
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Black - $6.00

Blinde Flanker Yellow Front, Olive BackYellow Front
Olive Back
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Yellow (olive back)
$6.00

Blinde Flanker Pink Front, Light Pink BackPink Front
Light Pink Back
Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Pink (lt. pink back)
$6.00

Blinde Flanker Brown CowBrown Cow

Rodio-craft 1.4g
Blinde Flanker
Brown Cow
$6.00


1.5g

Daiwa Presso Adam

Length 1", width 7/16"

Adam is the core of the Daiwa Presso line of spoons. It is intended to be an all-around spoon, the one you would tie on first. The 1.5g weight is effective for fishing shallow to middle depths.

Daiwa Presso Adam Green Gold Yamame spoonGreen Gold Yamame
(reverse side is gold)
Daiwa Presso Adam
Green Gold Yamame - $6.50

Shimano Slim Swimmer

Length 1 1/8", width 5/6"

The Shimano Slim Swimmer has a gentle roll rather than a wide wobble, reducing the tendency to rise in the water column. The gentle roll also makes it easier for a fish to catch it, thus making it easier for you to hook the fish.

Gold
Shimano Slim Swimmer
Gold - $7.25

Silver
Shimano Slim Swimmer
Silver - $7.25


1.6g

Forest PAL

Length 1", width 3/8"

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 - more than I could keep in stock. The spoons in stock are all 1.6 grams.

Photos of some spoons show the front and the back of the spoon. There is ONE spoon per package.

Photos do not show hooks. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Forest PAL Spoons
Forest PAL No. 5
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL No. 14
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL No. 17
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL No. 18
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL No. 22
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL No. 23
1.6g - $6.50

Forest PAL Limited

Length 1", width 3/8"

Photos show the front and the back of the spoon. There is ONE spoon per package.

Photos do not show hooks. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Forest PAL Limited Spoons
Forest PAL Limited spoon No. LT36 - $6.50


1.8g

Daiwa Presso Adam

Length 1", width 7/16"

Adam is the core of the Daiwa Presso line of spoons. It is intended to be an all-around spoon, the one you would tie on first. The 1.8g weight is effective for fishing middle depths.

Daiwa Presso Adam
Dark Forest - $6.50

Daiwa Presso Adam
Gold Dust - $6.50

Daiwa Presso Adam
Orange Mango - $6.50

Daiwa Presso Adam
Yellow Dagger - $6.50

Forest Factor

Length 1", width just over 3/8"

The Factor spoons were designed to be fished at an intermediate speed.

Some photos show the front and back of  the spoon. There is one spoon per package.

Photos do not show hooks. The spoons come with a single barbless hook.

Forest Factor Spoons
Forest Factor No.10
1.8g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.13
1.8g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.15
1.8g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.16
1.8g - $6.50

Forest Factor No.17
1.8g - $6.50


1.9g

Daiwa Presso Lumion

Length 15/16", width 3/8"

The 1.9g Daiwa Presso Lumion is just 1mm longer than the Eve but it is stamped from thicker metal. It will achieve greater depth than the Eve, and may thus be a better choice for fishing larger streams. At 1.9g, it is heavy enough to use with BFS gear.

The action has a more pronounced wobble than the Eve.

The photos are not accurate representations of the hooks. The gape is not nearly as narrow as the first 5 photos depict, and the hook shape is not as round as in the Yellow Dagger photo. The spoons come with a size 6 Daiwa Saq Sas hook, which is incredibly sharp.

Dark Forest, 1.9g - $6.50

Flashing Green, 1.9g - $6.50

Glossy Black, 1.9g - $6.50

Gold Dust, 1.9g - $6.50

Salmon Basil, 1.9g - $6.50

Yellow Dagger, 1.9g - $6.50


2.5g

Daiwa Presso Eve Gekiatsu

Length 15/16", width 3/8"

The spoons come with a single size 8 barbless hook (Daiwa Saq Sas size 8). The action is rolling more than wobbling.The 2.5g spoons are the same length and width as the 1.2g Daiwa Presso Eve spoons. They are stamped from thicker metal. They will cast like bullets and fish deeper in the water column, making them a better choice for fishing streams. They are the smallest JDM spoon I've found that is easy for a beginner to cast with BFS equipment. Also, they are not too large for sunfish, so BFS for bluegills is a real possibility.

Blue-Silver, 2.5g
$6.50

Gold Dust, 2.5g
$6.50

Yellow Dagger, 2.5g
$6.50


Snaps and Split Rings

Tairiki Snap
Cultiva Tairiki Snap
Pkg of 6 - $5.00

Micro Snap Swivel
Cultiva Micro Snap Swivel
Pkg of 4 - $4.50

Split Rings size 00
Cultiva #00 Split Rings
Pkg of 22 - $4.50


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