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ok, but of a dumb question here. what's the best way to fish colorado blades? i've never spent much time fishing with them before. when i have i've just drifted them under a float and let the belly of the line drag the lure across the current to impart the action. haven't had any success with this method. am i doing something wrong?
 

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Steelheadstalker said:
ok, but of a dumb question here. what's the best way to fish colorado blades? i've never spent much time fishing with them before. when i have i've just drifted them under a float and let the belly of the line drag the lure across the current to impart the action. haven't had any success with this method. am i doing something wrong?
they work for me with your same set up. However I use very short leaders (20 inch max), and more importantly I drift them not in the current but in almost still water or nice pools. the retrieve is the most exciting part of it and I do it very slowly. the side effect of all this is that I usually get a lot of trouts as well (they love it and they even jump out to get that nice flashy thing in their mouth). I am not sure this is a good way to use it, but it works for me, I got several springs this early summer. :beerchug:

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Just short float it liek you would anything else, blades dont take alot to spin, so hold back just a little bit and that should give you all the action you need. Unless you are fishing frog water and then the slow retrieve is good.
 

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exactly like Pat said just hold back slightly like you would while fishing roe or steely worms. this incurs the action you want. blades arent awesome for springs but work like a hot damn on coho and steelies as well. Try the hammered ones i find them better then just plain flat ones. Oh jack springs do like them though ;D
 

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If fishing them in faster, walking speed type water with a bit of visible current, don't hold back at all, use a little less weight, short float and dead drift the blade...it should "flutter" nicely through the drift...when you think your drift is done, hold back a little while free spooling and make the blade spin and swing...sometimes the coho will go after it at this last stage in the drift...that is if they didn't smash it when it was fluttering through the beginning of the drift of course... ;)
 

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Pretty much what every one else said :thumbup: I dead rift mine completely, I even sometimes have slack line laying on the water (just harder to set hook on the hit). This method works in very fast water all the way to slower walking speed water. I have caught Steelhead, Springs, Coho, and Chum using this method. Colorados are a great way to change it up when everyone else in the pool is fishing roe :thumbup:

Bt the way, smooth silver ones in size 2 outfished roe for me (for both springs and coho) lately. :happy:

Good Luck, :cheers:
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Pretty much what every one else said :thumbup: I dead rift mine completely, I even sometimes have slack line laying on the water (just harder to set hook on the hit). This method works in very fast water all the way to slower walking speed water. I have caught Steelhead, Springs, Coho, and Chum using this method. Colorados are a great way to change it up when everyone else in the pool is fishing roe :thumbup:

Bt the way, smooth silver ones in size 2 outfished roe for me (for both springs and coho) lately. :happy:

Good Luck, :cheers:
Dan
yeah no kidding about the change up ;D i find 50/50 or hammered copper ones :thumbup:
 

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I like fishing them deep, because i hold back weather its a little or alot they rise up , so if the water is 5 ft deep i'll fish 5ft deep and allow the current to lift my blade into position (not recomended in spots with lots of snags or rock gardens) And like stated before i also like to dead drift them but thats more so in slots, behind boulders or along the length of a tree in the water. Colours and sizes vary but 3's and 5's are my main sizes, in brass and silver. A good tip if fishing pocket stuff with them is to put a small split shot half way up the leader from the blade, holds it down just enough
 

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Reason why i would second some of the mentioned techinicuies above is this,they do work for pritty much all species,but don't kid your self if you have a belly on the water while driffting a blade i say chances are big you loose the same fish if it hammers it.Like Rib said above in some situations you have to hold back
and some you can dead drift and some you retrive but I would always keep that tention right to the float at all times,rember this is a piece of metal fish will let loose of this from their mouth really fast and if you dont set the hook the exact moment, I find that many fish in this situations get cought very shallow and eventually spit the hook before landing.
And of course its a cofidence and preffrance issue again some guys hammer blades all day others try 15 casts and say they dont work for them.
What ever you do good luck out there and one more thing I find they work for stealhead later in the season when the fry start to hatch.
 
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