Finesse-Fishing.com is located in New York City, which is essentially locked down.
Package pickup has been suspended. My neighborhood post office is closed. I go outside as little as possible because I am in an "at risk" group.
Finesse-Fishing.com is still open, for now, but I do not know when I will mail packages again.
Most international flights have been cancelled, so there is no ETA for out-of-stock items that come from Japan.
The same international angler who recommended the Smith Niakis spinners also recommended the Smith AR-S spinners. The basic design is similar to the familiar Panther Martin, but the Smith AR-S SH model comes with a built-in swivel and a single hook. As he told me with the Niakis, these Smith spinners are the real deal, fished them lots on mono, no line twist."
Smith makes several models of the AR-S spinner. The ones available here on Finesse-Fishing.com are intended for fishing in Areas (private pay-to-fish lakes), and come with a single, barbless size 8 hook (with split ring attachment).
The two gram size is perfect for spinning gear and heavy enough to cast with BFS gear.
When using these spinners, be ready for an immediate strike. Smith writes that they are effective on the fall. A start-stop, darting retrieve is also possible with this spinner design.
The first time I tried them I was fishing a Tenryu Rayz Alter RZA61L-T, which is also designed specifically for Areas. However, I was fishing in a wild trout stream. As it turns out, the Alter does very nicely fishing a small stream if you fish micro spoons or small spinners. The Smith AR-S was very effective, and it produced a many, many day.
If you like fishing spinners you will like the he AR-S. For that matter, if you have avoided spinners because of what I had written for years about line twist, you might want to give these a try. They truly are the real deal.
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.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.