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Mike, do you have a bet going on which lure is going to be the killer. If you do which ones have been chosen. I think I know which one I'd be using. Seen pictures with it hanging out of a nice springs mouth a while back.

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No bets, Oly. but we have our suspicions. I haven't seen a lot of the spoons Hmmmm did...
But he has all of mine in his possession.

I shipped them to a mutual friend, and he got them to Canada-
I'd never be able to get them across without hassle/tariff.

I'm going with the Green/Yellow "Sick Boy" right out of the gate...

But I'm going to predict--a sneaking suspicion---that Tomic Plugs will carry the day for the bigger springs.
And we have a ton of those as well.
 

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Hey Mike,

You are so amazing with the beauty art on the spoons and the plugs. I would like to buy some of your spoons. I would like to give them swimming in Sooke.

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The spoons aren't just for salmon anymore--

My Buddy Bill, just north of Monterey, Ca with a dandy 45 lb white sea bass taken on a Cool Mint Pilchard.

A BIG spoon--6" size.

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Funky new look of an old favorite. ."Irish Cream".
Bright white base, UV green and a loud yellow glow accent.
This will take salmon...

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I only really paint these things in winter---and I spend a lot of the previous summer researching color combinations that have been effective.

Many don't change much....but I saw a video clip of a nice spring taken on a spoons with yellow and red, so I jumped on it.

Can't wait to run these in Rivers Inlet in July---

The "Banana Split"


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All the orders for guides and lodges are filled--now it's ME time....

Part of the arsenal headed to Rivers Inlet in the summer....
The salmon don't stand a chance!-


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A buddy in Winter Harbour who loves the 'Sick Boy" asked for a tweak on the theme....saying something about stripes.

So here goes....I already have a "Lemon Lime", so this baby is the "Lemon Slime".

And again...the phone cam does little to show off the bright colors and shine.

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Tommy! Long time no see. I'll check your note, but I'll bet it's about a BC trip or two you're going on. You will go well-armed..
 

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Our Alaskan friend and member here--JKD1--- took this nice Tyee with the "Sick Boy" spoon-

(Dressed out, the fish was 29.5)

Man--that spoon is KILLING 'em..


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Hi BigFishMike:

That looks awesome! I'm not sure if your into making your own lures, but here is a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeDDCk6zZYw that shows how to make some awesome stuff. Check out the rest of his channel to see how he makes divers, crankbaits, and recycles old jelly worms.

He also gives some tips on how to paint/finish lures to give them an authentic look.

Hope you enjoy!
 

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Posted today on Facebook by my friend, salmon guide Adam Watson in Tofino, BC, of Tofino Fishing Adventures.

Mike , Your 'Snail Tracks' spoon was on fire today! 15 fish to the boat today in two hours - 11 of them on your spoon.

We had a mishap with a hook set today that broke the main line ...must have had a nick or something. Right after chatting with my guest about how 'Snail Tracks' was hot. Good news is the line stayed in the clip and we retrieved the gear and released the little dink on the end.

Expect more pics of your gear doing work in the upcoming weeks...bite is on in Tofino - with a bunch of smileys and even the odd tyee in the mix.

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These lures look amazing. Really motivates me to start learning how to paint.

Can you recommend a make/model of airbrush, compressor and paint brand to get started with? Seems most recommendations I see aren't lure specific.

Cheers,

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These lures look amazing. Really motivates me to start learning how to paint.

Can you recommend a make/model of airbrush, compressor and paint brand to get started with? Seems most recommendations I see aren't lure specific.

Cheers,

Salted
Will do, in August. I'm heading up to Van today, and Duncanby Lodge on Tuesday. Message me please to remind me.
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It's August (August 1st, but hey, it's the forum equivalent of first light!) - any tips regarding airbrush, compressors, paints are appreciated. Happy to hear from any forum members in the know (I just asked BigfishMike because well, it's obvious he knows what's up)

From what I can tell the Iwata airbrushes are good to great, depending on how spendy you want to get. I've heard their cheapo 'neo' airbrush does decent work, but requires thorough cleaning after each use. Maybe all brushes do, is that true?

Is spending more worth it? From what I can tell the only thing worth spending more for is the ability to handle more/thicker paints. Is adding glow pigment powder to paints something the requires a certain type of brush or PSI on the compressor? Seems like theres lots of cheap low psi compressors out there, I definitely want the ability to put on glow.

And the final (and most important) question: Which paint brand/series have you had success with?

Any help in figuring this stuff out is very appreciated.

Cheers,

Salted
 
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