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 Smith D-S line spoons have a more pronounced "S" bend than many
spoon designs. This shape gives it good movement at a low retrieve
speed. The raised front will also make it dart one way or another with
slight pulses of the rod tip. The "D-S" might or might not stand for
"Dart and Swim," but the shape does allow more manipulation than you
could ever get with the familiar US spoon brands. On the other hand, the D-S could stand for Deep S-bend, which you also won't get with familiar US spoons.
The back of the spoons have orange and chartreuse dots. I have not
yet had a chance to fish with them, so I cannot confirm if the Sight
Marker actually does allow you to see the spoon more easily during the
retrieve, or if the Bite Marker actually does give the fish a target to
It is the face of the spoon that intrigues me. The Smith D-S
line spoons have a crosshatch either machined or stamped onto one side
of the spoon face. It definitely catches the light as you move the
The image of the Yamame Silver spoon (below) shows a highlight along the crosshatching, and a darker area below that. The darker area is just how the light plays on the very shiny silver. There is no gray paint on the spoon. There is some white paint along the edge opposite the crosshatching. It is very similar to the orange paint that is more easily seen along the edge of the Yamame Gold spoon.
I think many people, perhaps most, fish lures too fast. Some of the underwater videos I have seen of Japanese anglers fishing minnow plugs are perfect illustrations. The plugs dart too and fro in such a quick, crazy way that it is surprising any fish are prompted to strike at them. As the videos often show, many of the attempted strikes are misses because the lure zigs just as the trout zags.
Watch the video below, for a good illustration of an almost lazy retrieve that looks much more like an injured or disoriented minnow, and also makes it much easier for a trout to catch the lure.
The Smith D-S line spoons, with their pronounced S-curve, have very good action with a slow retrieve.
Currently I have Smith D-S line spoons in three colors: red-gold, gold yamame and silver yamame, and two sizes: 3 grams and 4 grams.
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.