Must have spinners for the backcountry.

Must have spinners for the backcountry.
Must have spinners for the backcountry.
When I am not flailing with the long rod, one of my favorite things to toss would be an in line spinner on a light action spinning rod. They have long been a favorite of trout fisherman and have caught many a trout dinner. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and brands.  I am going to familiarize you with three of my favorites which are my must haves for any of my adventures into the backcountry.  They are versatile enough that you can fish them either in streams or those high mountain lakes. They will catch every trout species I know of from the brook trout to the cutthroats that frequent those high country waters. I have slayed countless rainbow and brown trout with them as well.
The first one I will talk about is my all time favorite. If I'm getting skunked, its time to switch to the black and orange
This second one I had never used until I moved to Colorado. It's called

There are a couple of extra ways to rig these as well. The first is to reduce the amount of line twist that you are getting. Simply insert a swivel into the line. This can be done by cutting a three to four foot piece of line off to use as a leader. Then attach the swivel to the main line and attach your leader and spinner to the other. The swivel eliminates most of the line twisting caused by the spinner. Yet another way to rig these lures is to do the same as above but to use a leader as long as your pole, six or seven foot, and place a casting bubble above the swivel. This will allow you to cast the spinner farther even if using the smallest size.If you fill the bubble up completely it will sink. Once again, I like to let it sink to just above the weed beds and then start reeling it in. So, next time you're field stripping your tackle box, and trying to figure out what lures you want to use on your trip. Make sure to pick up a couple of these in line spinners to torment those wild Colorado mountain trout.

Rick Schroeder

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