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    Guys,

    I'll bet that some of you tie flies, or in some way, play around with/modify/tweak/customize/revolutionize lures-spoons-etc.
    And I don't mean a pro who does it for re-sale, and I know we have a few gifted lure makers aboard.

    I mean just a weekend warrior who is into it and likes to see what he can come up with.

    I know guys who add skirts, spinner blades, glow, mirror tape, etc.
    Regular Dr. Fishin' Frankensteins. The tinkerers....

    If you DO, it would be cool to see what keeps you busy between trips or in the winter months.
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    The last few years in Rivers Inlet, all kinds of salmon were being taken on a "Wonder Stripe" spoon.
    I get that it looks vaguely like a "Wonder Bread" wrapper, but I don't remember ever seeing anything
    native to the Pacific Ocean that looks pink, white and blue, and is a natural food of salmon.

    Be that as it may, I started to experiment a few weeks back with my new toy, the airbrush, and
    did up a bunch of variations on the damn thing. I added enamel dots using pencil erasers of various sizes
    dipped in paint, and here's what I came up with.

    I sent one to a buddy in Washington, and he bagged a 28 lb and 41 lb Chinook,
    and enough coho to not pay attention and eventually re-tie it, and he ended up
    surrendering it to the fishing Gods. He has asked for several more.

    I'll add some 'gills', stripes, etc and fart around with combos.

    It's a bit like Tyingflies, I suppose. Head out to the 'lab', get a few photos in front of you for guidance,
    crack a beer and let it rip.

    Some look better than others, but it's a lot of fun to see what you can come up with.

    I've done a bunch of other color combos and will add pics later.
    Doing some pilchard patterns now and they are looking pretty good!!

    PLUS, after buying blanks and paint, they still only cost me about 40 cents apiece.

    And I'm not about to give fish enough credit for being able to tell the difference between mine and any other.

    The white in the center is actually a powder paint, applied first and with heat, and the colors are sprayed-on enamel. The white is "Glow", by the way...apparently a tasty combination.

    If anyone wants one for free, PM me. I'll send up a bunch to one guy and you figure out the rest.

    And of course if a pro wants to chime in, so much the better!

    Cheers!

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    Mike, that's awesome!

    I get why coho eat up the "wonder bread" patterns, it has to do with the crab larvae they gobble up... not sure about chinook.

    Is it too late to send you my address?

    DF

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    PM me.

    But gimme til after the weekend. Wife doing a girls road trip this weekend,
    so I can paint like mad in peace, not shave, drink right out of the orange juice bottle,
    hang my clothes on the floor, feed the dog steak, etc.



    My "Cop Car" and "Army Truck" versions are also looking nice...
    Plus..."Devil Dancer", pilchard patterns, and others taking shape.

    "Party Girl" gonna slay tyee in August.

    Will pm u back. Will send plenty pal. A few for the boys included.
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    nice work Mike, the gf is impressed and so am i, i think im gonna get on this as well, but with casting spoons for the rivers and lakes.....holmes*

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    Thanks!
    Its a gas holmes.
    Fun to experiment and try to copy patterns that have killed in the past.
    Ill send you a couple.
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    Been doing the same for a considerably long time. Plugs and spoons. Will again be running a large run of plugs this winter (~ 250 or so) once the hunting season is wrapped up. Chiefly pilchards.

    I'd be interested in seeing the pilchard pattern for the spoons you produce.

    I'll load up a pix or two of the plug pattern once I get rolling on them...

    Cheers,
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    Hey I got a couple from Scott (Canoehead). He and I are going to pull them on Okanagan Lake this winter for some big Rainbows. Just curious as to the one pattern - copper with a slash or red paint at the end- does that represent any bait or just trying something different.
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    BGM...remember the original "Super Duper"?
    The "U" shaped trout killer? Gold body, square red head. Google it.
    Same colors, bigger spoon, bigger fish.
    Whothehell knows what fish think. We boated 5 spring on it to 23 lbs
    and one of the nicest coho on the trip, a solid 16 lbs on a version of that.
    "Bloody Nose" is what I call it. Give it a run. I just got some nice 3.5" blanks.
    Ill do a couple more for trout. I have a winner color for Rocky mountain rainbows...give it a shot in BC.
    Cheers
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    Looks good Mikey!

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    I like those MP ones alot Mike. I like the wonderbread looking ones too. If things are slow for us on the banks I always throw out some cheap bread.
    "I'm not talkin bout pleasure boatin or day sailin
    I'm talkin bout workin for a livin". - Captain Quint

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