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Part Two of Southern Appalachians

by JJ
(Upstate SC)

A Long Pool

A Long Pool

The rod is the Tenryu RZI50UL-4. I absolutely love this rod. The five foot length is a great middle of the road size to handle the larger open pools, but not be too cumbersome when things get real tight. I tend to find both scenarios on a lot of my outings. The fact that it’s a four piece and fits in my smallest pack means it will be with me on every journey from now on. Even when I add the 3’9” Tenryu that is on my short list, this rod will ride along.

The reel is just a place holder until I can convince my wife that I “need” the Shimano Soare to make the set complete.

I made the mistake on this trip of leaving my spoons at home in favor of testing some homemade spinners I have been making lately. I wanted to give them an honest test, so I thought I would remove all temptation in case things went poorly. As I stated earlier, I did catch fish, but wasn’t satisfied with the overall activity and response from the fish.

Since I have started spin fishing again, one of the things I am getting used to is at least coaxing the largest fish in the pool/run out for a glimpse. I may not catch it every time, but with the ability to work something at different depths I now expect to at least see the big one.

It just wasn’t happening today. There of course are other factors at play, it’s just always easier to blame the lure. Besides, the very next day I got some abbreviated time at a couple of different streams to do some comparative testing and the response to spoons was consistently better. As in one case where I threw 4 different spinners thru a run without as much as a flash or bump, and on literally the first cast with a 2.2 gram Daiwa Presso Adam in Area Mocha it got nailed. It was a downstream and across drift as I had started with the previous 4 times.

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Jul 18, 2018
Keep sharing
by: Les Albjerg

JJ - I really enjoyed your pictures and write-up. What beautiful country. I have been comparing spinners and spoons too. I have come to the following conclusion, spoons are more effective, but they are harder to fish. I'm continuing to take notes, and will be writing a blog post soon talking about my discoveries.

I have also compared some of the USA made spoons with the JDM spoons that Chris offers. The JDM spoons are much higher quality, and allow many more manipulations than the USA made spoons.

I found Frank Nale's spinners to be very effective too. I caught fish in the last month on Mepps Spinners and Panther Martin spinners as well.

The presentation, accurate casting, and proper retrieve of both spoons and spinners are key to a "Many" day fishing experience. Best of all, I am having fun! I love my Tenyru Spectra and Shimano Cardiff combo! Talk about spoiled!

Jul 18, 2018
Having a blast.
by: JJ

Thanks for the comments and encouragement. I’ll keep at it. I am certain that I spooked a lot of fish that I might not have had I been in "full fish mode." I’m certain I will find a balance between fishing and photography as I go forward. I look forward to reading your upcoming post, as I too am figuring out the sometimes subtle differences between lure selection. I agree that approach, presentation, and lure action/ manipulation seems to be a big part of the success.

Jul 18, 2018
by: Terry Farmer

Great post! I look forward to more. I too have just started spin fishing again. These posts were quite inspiring.

Jul 19, 2018
great report
by: Jerry in SC


Nice report, some of the spots look very familiar :)

A caution about using #2.5 or #3 JDM line...It will twist very easily when using inline spinners. I've used the Rooster Tails in 1/16 oz in rainbow since the mid seventies and caught thousands of trout with them. But they will make a mess out of the higher end Sunline monofilament.

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