While color has it's importance, matching the color of the lure to the color of the water and the pressure that a fish receives is the key to making a fish strike.
Through many years of discovery, the following are the colors Craig recommends;
- Clear Water = Polished Brass
- Slightly Stained Water = Nickel
- Dark or Brown Water = White
While the above will work on Pressured Fish, sometimes you need to mix it up because the fish have seen enough Brass and Nickel for the day.
Chartreuse, Pink and Black are our go to choices to make a pressured fish strike.
Color is not for the fish alone! Matching the spinner color to the water condition so you can see the spinner is just as important. With polarized glasses, you should be able to see your spinner so you can take advantage of sight fishing as well.
Craig's Lures are available in two different blade choices to suit your fishing preference. If you are not sure of your preference, try both and see what you like.
French Blades offer a little bit of resistance when reeling due to the relieved edge of the blade.
Indiana Blades offer very little to no resistance when reeling due to their smooth edge.
How to Use Craig’s Spinners
Always cast Craig's Spinners directly upstream or at the least, a 45 degree angle and smoothly reel Craig's Spinners down with the current, keeping your rod tip 6” above the water. Casting upstream and reeling in Craig’s Spinners with the current is very important! This is the way the fish faces.
Craig recommends using a 6:1 ratio reel to keep the spinners travelling smooth and fast. Craig’s Spinners are heavy and will sink quickly to get to where the fish are, reeling fast and smooth will increase hooksets and prevent snags.
Do Not use Swivels!
Do not use a swivel with Craig's Spinners. I have done extensive testing with snap and barrel swivels while fishing with my spinners and have found that a swivel creates a pivot point that will make the spinner turn when a fish strikes from an angle. Think of it this way, if you run into a door that is half way open, it stings a bit but because the door is on a hinge, the hinge acted and took some of the energy. Now run into the door with it closed, that's going to hurt! as you will take all of the impact like a fish will when it strikes.
While any knot will work, I highly recommended using a Palomar Knot. A Palomar Knot is super easy to tie once you learn how to (Just Google Palomar Knot to learn how) and it will not slip. It's fast to tie and is also easy to tie with cold wet hands.
A general fishing tip about knots. After using a spinner or any other rig for an hour, always check your knot to make sure it is standing up. Also check your line for any chafing just above the knot. The moment you throw a spinner into the water with a chafed line is when that big one will strike, it is just angler's luck!
Always wear protective eyewear while fishing with Craig's Lures or any other of type of rig you use.
The hooks used in the assembly of Craig's Lures are sharp and can cause injury. Please be careful while using Craig's Lures and do not allow minors to use without adult supervision.
California Proposition 65 Warning:
The parts used in the assembly of Craig's Lures contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Do not place these products in your mouth or your hands in your mouth after handling these products. Wash your hands after handling these products.