Interesting you should ask young gun...
First off though, I should thank Fisherforever for posting that, Thanks FF!
Second, I have a copy of an article written by a former member of this site. It directly describes in detail an answer to young guns question.
Just as there are variations in techniques with float fishing, or any other method, there are variations for spoonfishing as well. The article describes yet another style of fishing spoons that might add to what Fisherforever wrote and give anglers in BC more choices in how they fish.
As Fisherforever, and many others can attest to, spoons work!!! :thumbup:
Below is the article, reproduced with the authors express permission. It is a good little piece that is well worth the read...
This is what he wrote, word for word:
Spoons are most easily, and usually most effectivly, fished with a down and across presentation, much like the wet fly swing. What you dont want to do is cast out and start retreiving right away. Your spoon will be just under the surface instead of down near the bottom.
Stand just up river from the holding water at the head of the run and identify what your dealing with. Lets say its a medium depth choppy run about 4' deep with roughly walking speed water.
Select a spoon. Krocs and other slim designs are good for faster and/or deeper waters. Koho and other mid range designs are good all around designs for many different water conditions and KO's and the like are good for shallow and/or slow waters.
So we select an average spoon, say a 35 Koho in copper.
Put your first cast in close, say 15' or so. Cast directly across from you. Let the spoon sink. If you tap bottom take a couple quick cranks, then stop. As the spoon swings, follow it with your rod. You should be able to find bottom by quickly lowering your rod. If not you must feed line into the drift by simultaneously lifting your rod straight up and releasing line at the same time with out disrupting the natural drift of your spoon. What you want to happen is for your rod to go from the 9 o'clock position that it began in to the 12 o'clock position with out jerking your spoon through the water. You now have about 15' of extra line to to add to your drift simply by lowering your rod tip as you follow the spoon through the water. Sounds harder than it is. If I'm using a spinning reel I prefer to back reel line out rather than open the bail. If your using a level wind its a piece of cake.
Repeat the rod lift and line feed as necessary through the drift. You only need to bump the bottom once or twice, tops, per drift. Ideally you would like your spoon to be about a foot off of the bottom for the whole cast.
Cast a little farther every time, maybe a foot or so until you reach the oposite side of the holding water or you begin to lose line control. An out of control spoon is an ineffective spoon.
Once you have made your farthest cast, take a small step down river and repeat your farthest cast. Continue to cast the same distance across the water and taking small steps down river until you have covered the run.
As the run shallows into the tail out you will need to angle your casts slightly down river and will probably not need to lift and feed line as much, or at all, to effectivly cover the water.
To make it easier, instead of manipulating the spoon through the rod you can simply change spoons to acheive more depth. If a 2/5 koho isnt getting to bottom then a 1/2 kroc or a 3/4 koho will get down with out having to do the lift/feed but at the expense of lessened spoon action.
Do not reel in unless your hitting bottom.
The variables are almost infinite but the basic down and across will get you started and on your way.
Many thanks to the author, Oliver, aka too many internet names to list...
and of course again to fisherforever sharing his techniques.
My comment...Despite what the author, Oliver, describes...I don't think his method is easier than the method fisherforever described, in fact I think it is much more difficult. But it is another way of fishing spoons that can work wonders out on the river...