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    Hey guys...

    The trip to Rivers Inlet, was, as always, a special week. My 8th consecutive July visit.
    Fog delayed the float planes by a day, so last week I returned to work, missing Monday.
    There are worse places to be stuck! Full report after I rehydrate, and sort through MILES of GoPro footage.

    Paasche airbrushes kick butt over all of the others for what I do.

    Grandpa always used to say "Good shit ain't cheap, and cheap shit ain't good."

    I'll address a bunch of stuff to get you started in a bit....,
    and I'm posting a killer video a buddy did at Duncanby Lodge the week before I went up.
    Be well, make friends, catch fish.

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    Duncanby Lodge guide Andy "Eagle" Taylor, with a dandy 25 caught on my "Sick Boy" spoon, still in-jaw.
    Great young man and excellent fisherman...

    At "The Wall" Rivers Inlet BC, on July 28th.

    I LOVE seeing this stuff..

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    Awesome BFM!

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    Living The Dream....Steelhead on the brain 24-7-365, Coho and Loops Trout do help pass the time....

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    A contrast in methods/styles and time management.

    To maximize any success in producing lures for sale--- the secret is to minimize the production time.

    My buddy Jimmy Gull does some very remarkable work--see the first photo-- but with all of the prep/dry time/several passes---hell's bells...it takes him about 15-20 minutes to paint one of these beautiful Kokanee spoons.
    He sells them primarily through on tackle shop, and does well.

    If he sells them for $7--or $8----well.....do the math. 3 an hour? Less if he takes a break-

    Again, I am a HUGE fan of his detail, I could never do that---but I'd starve if I could only make 3 or 4 an hour...also get bored to death.

    He also never does free-hand work, always uses stencils and patterns, and does exceptionally well with them.

    I, by contrast, ONLY paint free hand....aaaaaah...the beauty of different styles-!


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    I am narrowing my salmon spoon selection to 6 or 8--that's it. I have 8 that hardly ever disappoint.

    I've done hundreds--- if not thousands--- of different looks, mostly prototype---but now have enough
    input from my hundreds of test pilots to know what seems to work consistently.

    I LOVE this look--and found a way to paint 2 or 3 per MINUTE.

    I re-purposed an old hand-held orbital sander motor, had one of our ace metal fabrication guys--
    MANY THANKS, Dee Robinson--who did some cool tweaking to it.

    He attached a stainless steel plate to where the sandpaper goes, and it has hooks to attach several of both size spoon blanks, and I use a high-heat industrial engine paint--and it vibrates while the paint is applied, causing this lightning effect.

    So, in theory--in an hour I can paint 100+, he can paint maybe 4.

    We both have full time jobs....so I really have to cut as many corners as I can.

    But I will always dedicate fishing time each day to have one of his spoons in the water when stacking rods, and also one of Hmmm's.

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    These new additions to the arsenal--old favorites that I tweaked a bit--- are already slaying down deep, but we finished the season strong with them last summer.

    CRAP--can't upload the pics--stand by--
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    Blue Spruce....the contoured blanks--prism, hex, and hammered-- throw light like crazy---it's all chrome on the belly.


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    The "Glow Job"
    Properly loaded, you can see this from the moon.
    Again, the prism blank is a killer-

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    "Lime Slime"--

    I have no idea what salmon think this is, but it doesn't matter.
    They lunge at this baby.

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    And these gooey, slicker-than-snot UV/Glow/Fluorescent "Snail Tracks" are always one of the first to hit the water.

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    Another take on the glossy, slick proven green and yellow-

    LOVE this look...so do chinook.


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    am i the only one watching this thread...
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    from page one back a few years, that hammered or hex pattern green spoon might be from Ontario. Looks like a Northern King, maybe. I bought something similar to it, in yellow/green and it was very successful on springs up at the Charlottes.
    I was bored at work doing shifts at evening ,etc. so I thought why not try making a spoon or two. I gathered thin sheet metal, mostly brass. I made patterns of sport spoons by stripping off the split rings, etc. and using masking tape to make a paper pattern. then apply to the brass and cut out a piece of metal with tin snips. punch holes with the sheetmetal punch hand held machine. Painted with underwater primer, then white marine enamel, then some coloured spray paints overtop. re-attach the hardware.
    the old gibbs gypsy 3.5 and 2.75 proved successful, as did coyote 3.5, and 5. the sheet metal has to be thin to flutter as these spoon will do, but soon get bent by the fish/ net landing procedures. Fun tho!!!
    Last edited by james e; 07-09-2019 at 12:05 PM. Reason: clear up some confusion re page 1 reference.

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