Tuesday, January 25, 2011

FE January Saltwater Lure of the Month: Hopkins Spoon

January 2011
Saltwater Lure of the Month
Hopkins Spoon
The Hopkins Spoon was first hammered out by hand from a knife handle in the 1940’s by Robert Hopkins, an avid saltwater fisherman with an itch for a better lure.  It was Hopkins’ aim to create a lure with two key characteristics. First, Hopkins wanted the lure to cast unusually well into the wind. He succeeded wildly in this.  Hopkins also needed to create a lure that would land a number of different saltwater fish.  Mission accomplished. Two lures the NO=EQL and the Shorty, and one lure manufacturing company followed on the coattails of the “Robert Hopkins Experiment”.

It’s true that Robert Hopkins’ original spoon was crafted from everyday cutlery.  However, today’s Hopkins’ Spoons have come a long way, undergoing a rather complicated manufacturing process.  First the spoon is forged from stainless steel. Next it’s plated with copper, then plated with copper, then plated with nickel, and finally the spoon is chrome-plated for the finest finish possible.  All of this hard work pays off the very second the Hopkins Spoon hits the water.  Whether cast, trolled, or jigged, the Hopkins Spoon emulates a wounded or sick minnow with an action that drives fish of nearly every species out of their heads.


Cast the Hopkins Spoon and slowly retrieve allowing the lure to evoke its unmatched life-like minnow action.  The Hopkins Spoon is also deadly when jigged over areas holding bait or large fish.

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January Trout Fly of the Month: The Blue Dun

January 2011
No other pattern is known under a wider variety of names, or dressed in a greater variety of methods.

The Blue Dun dates all of the way back to the days of Charles Cotton and Izaak Walton.  Cotton was an English fly-fishing authority and author of The Art of Fly-Fishing.  Wallton the legendary fisherman and author of The Compleat Angler.  The two met in 1655 and later collaborated on the 5th edition of the venerable The Compleat Angler, in which the two wrote about the Blue Dun and other renowned patterns.  Because a bluish-gray hue is prevalent in so many natural insects, the Blue Dun is an essential pattern for fly fishers everywhere and in all conditions.  In fact, due to its popularity there may be no other fly pattern referred to under so many different names, nor tied in a greater variety of methods than this honorable and classic mayfly imitation.

The intrinsic characteristics of the natural dun make the artificial Blue Dun irresistible to trout.  Upon hatching, the dun rests on the water’s surface where it must wait for its wings to thoroughly dry.  Depending on the weather, its wings can dry in several seconds or, if raining, the drying process can takes a number of minutes.  This drying time makes the dun particularly vulnerable prey for feeding trout.  During an obvious early season hatch with little surface activity, the Blue Dun tied as a wet fly (enclosed), is a highly effective sub-surface selection.

Featured fly: The Blue Dun

Sizes enclosed: #10, #12, #14

Type: Wet fly

• Hook: Ball-eyed
• Hackle: light blue hackle
•  Body: Blue-gray fur dubbing
• Tail: Light blue hackle
• Wing: Pale gray duck feathers

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Monday, January 10, 2011

January Freshwater Lure of the Month: Husky Jerk

January 2011
Freshwater Lure of the Month
Husky Jerk
Lauri Rapala of Finland created the Original Minnow in 1936.  It’s the venerable inspiration behind this month’s selection.  Rapala, a fisherman by trade, invented the Original Minnow out of the necessity to increase his daily catch.  Hoping to double his effectiveness, the idea was to design a lure he could troll behind his rowboat while at the same time towing his nets below.  Always while fishing, Rapala closely studied the action of the actual baitfish that larger fish were feeding on.  He found that the baitfish attacked were those sick or dying, and they all had a fish-attracting wobble.  When off the water, Rapala designed his lure using tree bark and bits of foil that closely mimicked the enticing movement of the wounded baitfish he so often observed. Lauri’s lure caught fish.  Word spread locally and demand quickly grew for Rapala’s Original Minnow.  Worldwide demand would soon follow.

The wildly popular Husky Jerk enclosed is a direct descendant of Lauri Rapala’s classic Original Minnow.  The Husky Jerk boasts many of the same characteristics that made its predecessor a worldwide sensation (in fact, wild fans of the Husky Jerk actually brought it back from premature retirement just a few years ago). The two lures share Rapala’s trademark minnow shape and wounded-minnow wobble.  In addition, Rapala added a few new elements to the lure that are destined to make it, too, a classic.  The Husky Jerk’s most notable feature is the fact that it is delicately balanced to suspend in the water perfectly.  As a result, it can be retrieved at any speed and with any technique and still retain its enticing action. Rapala added a rattle chamber to mimic the sound of frenzied baitfish.  The weight of the Husky Jerk also makes this one of the best casting lures in its class.  Premium quality hooks and fittings are included to ensure a long and trouble-free life.  And, of course, the Husky Jerk is hand-tuned just like Lauri Rapala’s 1936 prototype. 


The Husky Jerk was designed to dive deep, and has built-in suspending characteristic.  Use both to maximize your success.  The minnow will also produce spectacular strikes when cast out and left to rest on the surface quietly for several minutes.  Give the lure a twitch or two, letting it rest again for up to a minute.  The Husky Jerk can also be trolled, the method practiced by its inventor, with great success.

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Right now we are getting crushed with snow. Got me to thinking about ice fishing. I have never tried it, largely because I don't do well in cold weather. And if it is anything like these guys... no thanks, I'll pass. Love the accents though.