Spinner Detail Leads to SuccessBy Eric Brandriet - June 21, 2021
BladesToday's spinner blades come in a variety of shapes each providing their own vibration and flash. Many are now made of materials other than metal like the poly-carbonate Northland Tackle Butterfly Blades.
While available in countless colors and patterns, it is important to match baitfish colors or present dark and light colors due to current light and water conditions. Larger blades are a great choice for bigger, more aggressive fish where often switching to a smaller Butterfly or prop style blade can entice even the most neutral of walleyes. When trolling at slower speeds, smaller blades maintain rotation easier so they make less contact with the bottom and result in less snagging.
HooksIt is important to have a good assortment of hooks in different styles, sizes and colors. The most important is to match your hooks to the livebait being presented. Octopus to slow-death to circle all have their place. Minnows/chubs and leeches are preferred on octopus style hooks where crawlers are preferred on slow-death or octopus style that can be snelled with 2 or 3 hooks. Remember it takes less force to imbed a smaller hook so using the smallest hook that an angler can get by with is good but don't overlook the potential size of walleyes in the body of water.
BeadsLike blades and hooks, beads come in many shapes, sizes and colors and add attraction to the spinner harness. Besides attraction, beads play an important role in providing space between hooks and blade allowing the clevis to spin freely. Experimenting with different color combinations or lack of can entice more walleyes.
LineType of structure or lack of structure often depicts preferences in leader strength and length. Monofilament or fluorocarbon is usually preferred because of stretch and invisibility. The heavier the line, the more buoyant it will be which can be preferred when fishing over rock/weeds or waters with many pike. Leader length too should depend on spinner blade, structure fished and fish behavior. Heavier metal blades when fished on long snells can lay on bottom or snag up so lighter weight or smaller blades may be preferred. Traditionally, shorter snells are used more for aggressive walleyes whereas longer snells are preferred for more finicky or inactive fish traditionally.