Artificials for big trout

The great advantage of spinners, spoons and plugs is that trout pick up on their vibrations and hit them out of curiosity, aggression or both.

The top contenders

Here are nine well-established artificials which have taken their share of trout over the years. 1. Fly spoon A simple form of spinner, the fly spoon consists of a single hook, a small, pear-shaped spinning blade and a swivel -all joined together with a wire ring. Fly spoons are normally used in conjunction with a couple of maggots. 2. Mepps Aglia Of all the spinning lures, the French-made Mepps, with its whirling, spoon-shaped blade, is perhaps the most famous. The angle and speed at which the blade spins around the wire shaft vary with the rate of retrieval. The Mepps is a spinner that performs well in slow to medium-fast moving water. 3. Blue Fox Super Vibrax This is another French design which has a bigger blade than the Mepps, producing large vibrations through the water. Both spinners have either a weighted shank or beads to allow the angler to cast them easily. 4. Toby Lures Tobies come in a wide range of colours – gold, silver, copper and multi coloured ones. The weight of the lure is in the curved metal blade. Two red fins at the rear aid the balance and the wobbling effect in the water. The ones with scaled surfaces scatter light in much the same way as the scales of real fish. 5. Devon Minnows Devons are hollow, torpedo-shaped lures made from brass, alu minium, wood or plastic with fins either side. They come in varying weights and sizes and in several colours. The lighter ones need weighting to be cast well.

As it is drawn through the water, the hollow body spins around the central wire core. The two side fins make it revolve uniformly and easily when it is retrieved. 6. Flying Condom This spinner has become a sensation over the last few years.

It features a conventional revolving blade at the eye while the barrel is heavy and cov ered with a sheath of rubber. 7. Wobbling Spoon The smaller sizes of these convex-shaped spoons are generally more useful to the trout angler than the larger versions. But light spoons are difficult to cast – though they’re useful when trolled near the surface from a boat. Some spoons feature hammered surfaces that reflect light in all angles. 8. Floating Rapalas Devised in Finland,

Rapalas are made from balsa wood and are popular throughout the world. If you stop retrieving, the lure floats up. Making it bob on the surface is a great way to imitate floating fry. 9. Shad Rap Another Rapala pattern, the Shad Rap is painted to imitate the scaled body of a small bait fish. With its large, spoon-shaped lip, it dives almost vertically. And the faster you retrieve it, the deeper it dives. This lure is a must in any really deep water.