has closed and has nothing left to sell, other than a few used books. I have decided to leave the website up as a resource for people interested in fishing with light rods, light lines and light lures - true finesse fishing.

Plug Fishing Update

by JJ
(Upstate SC)

Pretty water

Pretty water

I’ve managed a couple of trips to prime trout country, despite being a bit under the weather. I’m trying to get at least one trip to the mountains in each week, and one or more local “sessions”. As I have stated before, I am mostly a hike-in fisherman, and the longer day lengths help with that.

I’m really enjoying fishing with plugs, and am finding that I am catching more brown trout than I have in the past. That is in waters that hold both rainbows and brownies. Because I have to travel a bit to reach trout waters, I am not generally on the water early, or later when brown trout are more active. So it seems like plugs are enticing enough to get some movement from a fish that is notoriously shy during bright midday conditions.

I’m slowly building my JDM plug supply to give myself some variety, and size options. I have found the Duo Spearhead Ryuki 50S "Wakasagi", and the Daiwa Silver Creek 44S "TS" both very effective. The Tennessee Shad color of the Daiwa and the Duo Spearhead Ryuki 38S are what I have caught 90% of the brown trout on. These Japanese lures cast great, sink quickly, and have such natural looking movement, that I have abandoned my smaller Rapalas for stream fishing. They will always have a place in my still-water box, but just aren’t as effective in moving water. I’m keeping my Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow in for now. I like fishing them, they cast fine, and the movement seems enticing, but they aren’t producing for me.

That’s it for now. I will give another update down the road, to see how things are progressing.


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