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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 the 2.5 gram spoons I sell to be micro spoons. I'd always thought micro spoons were smaller.

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.

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.

With 1.8 grams (1/16 oz) being the upper limit (based on my definition), the lower limit seems to be .4 grams. I have not seen any rods rated for lures of less than .4 grams, although Tenryu gives a lower limit for their Rayz Alter "Area" rods of "approaching zero."

Tenryu 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.

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 is 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Daiwa Lupin 1.8g (discontinued), Daiwa Area Bum 60L-B 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 is one of the few baitcasters designed for fishing Areas, and is thus one of the better baitcasters for fishing micro spoons.

Micro spoons are extremely effective lures for trout and panfish. The lightest ones cast well with fly rods and tenkara rods. Most cast very well with UL spinning rods. The heaviest of the micro spoons cast well with BFS gear. Give 'em a try!

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, using a Daiwa Presso AGS 54XUL-S, which is an extra ultralight rod designed for fishing in Areas. It is a very soft rod, and would not do 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.

.5g

Rodio-craft Blinde Flanker

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

Yellow Front
Olive Back
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Yellow - $6.00
Pink Front
Light Pink Back
Rodio-craft
Blinde Flanker
Pink - $6.00

.6g

Forest Chaser

Silver - Front View and Back ViewFront View
Back View
Forest Chaser
#1 (Silver) - $5.50
Chaser #9, Front View and Back ViewFront View
Back View
Forest Chaser
#9 - $5.50
Chaser #11, Front View and Brown BackFront View
Brown Back
Forest Chaser
#11 - $5.50

.9g

Forest Marshall Tournament

Marshall Tournament #6#6
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.6 - $5.50
Marshall Tournament #9#9
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.9 - $5.50
Marshall Tournament #11#11
Forest Marshal
Tournament
No.11 - $5.50

1.2g

Daiwa Presso Eve

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

Forest Chaser Spoons
Forest Chaser
No.1 1.2g - $5.50
Forest Chaser
No.9 1.2g - $5.50
Forest Chaser
No.11 1.2g - $5.50


Forest Factor

Forest Factor Spoons
Forest Factor No.10
1.2g - $5.50
Forest Factor No.13
1.2g - $5.50
Forest Factor No.15
1.2g - $5.50

Forest Factor No.16
1.2g - $5.50
Forest Factor No.17
1.2g - $5.50

1.4g

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

Shimano Slim Swimmer

Gold
Shimano Slim Swimmer
Gold - $7.25
Silver
Shimano Slim Swimmer
Silver - $7.25

1.6g

Forest PAL

Forest PAL Spoons
Forest PAL No. 5
1.6g - $5.50
Forest PAL No. 14
1.6g - $5.50
Forest PAL No. 17
1.6g - $5.50

Forest PAL No. 18
1.6g - $5.50
Forest PAL No. 22
1.6g - $5.50
Forest PAL No. 23
1.6g - $5.50

Forest PAL Limited

Forest PAL Limited Spoons
Forest PAL Limited spoon No. LT36 - $5.75

1.8g

Forest Factor

Forest Factor Spoons
Forest Factor No.10
1.8g - $5.50

Forest Factor No.13
1.8g - $5.50
Forest Factor No.15
1.8g - $5.50

Forest Factor No.16
1.8g - $5.50
Forest Factor No.17
1.8g - $5.50


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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Warning:

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