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My 35+ year old hand painted spinner still can catch trout..
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:08:35 pm »
Hit the river at 6:00 am in what was bloody cold conditions, around 4 degrees.. Fine after 9:00am once the sun was high in the sky. Spent just on 6 hours chasing trout in started off poorly with me hooking & losing the first seven trout before I finally landed and small brown on the Mepps #0 Aglia brown spinner.. Lost another three after that, then decided to use a 35+ year old spinner, one that I had hand painted when I first bought several of them during a clearance sale for 50 cents each. The blades were originally chrome & the lures themselves were made in Japan. Any way no sooner had I put one on I was onto my second trout of the session, to cut a long story short I went on to catch & release another 11 trout from fourteen hook ups. A complete turn around to how that day started that's for sure. Went home feeling quite satisfied of how the day turned out in the end... After finding the three 35+ year old spinners in my lure box I remembered I had a few more tucked away in a lure box in the shed somewhere.. Had a hunt around for them today & found them.. there's the original rubber Floppy lure, Wonder Wobbler, JJ'S Lures (probably Stumpjumpers I reckon), Flatfish, Jensen insect spinners and several other old 35+ year lures most of which I hand painted when I bought them all those years ago..


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Adrian.

** PS: Click on photo to enlarge,,

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Hell it was cold here..
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First trout of the day thanks to the aglia brown spinner.
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That little brown (above) was caught in the small flat water opposite side of river..I never bypass any water in a river..
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The little 35+ yr spinner with it's first trout for around 25 years, it's been a long time unused, was used quite often in the rivers in Sth Aust catching trout & redfin..
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Another brown falls to the little spinner..
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Couple of trout caught here.
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A few trout taken here as well all from the RHS of the river, they were hard up against the river bank in narrow flat water..
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A lovely brown..
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Ready for release..
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Last trout of the spin session..
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Called it a day here..
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The little lure that turned it around for the better..
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The mixture of old lures I had in the shed..

« Last Edit: February 02, 2019, 03:21:00 pm by meppstas »
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My 35+ year old hand painted spinner still can catch trout..
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 02:25:30 pm »
Aaah, Adrian.  What a lovely day on a lovely clean river in lovely clear conditions!

A couple of nicely plump trout there, too.

Thank you so much for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 03:19:15 pm »
Thanks Paul, one thing I forgot to mention was I hooked two small (310gm) rainbows in the river today of which just the one was landed.. they're a rare catch in the Meander River now days as it's been a long time (2014/15 I think it was) when the IFS stopped stocking the river with them. The last time I caught a rainbow in the Meander was back on the 9th Jan. 2016 a fish that was around the same size. 
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