These are so many choices when purchasing spinners for trout. Different brands, sizes, styles and colors just to name a few. Does lure color matter to trout? You bet it does. While they are always exceptions to every rule, these guidelines will help you land more trout.
Generally speaking, I like to use lures that match the color of the water and light conditions. On bright sunny days, I try silver spinners first while on dark overcast days I’ll use brass, copper and even black spinners. While this is not always true I find that you should follow this general rule first.
I follow these general rules when picking a lure color and pattern.
1. Plain Color Spinners
I generally start with these simple colors, nothing too flashy or fancy. Solid silver, brass, gold and black spinners are my go to colors. These are generally well received in most rivers and lakes on most days.
2. Spinners with Trout patterns
If my go to colors are not working, I move to spinners with fish or trout patterns on them. Remember that while most fish do not strike spinners because they are hungry, some do. You would think that this pattern would not matter, but for some reason it dose.
3. Flashy Fluorescent Colors
Fluorescent lures seem to attract some fish and aggravate them enticing them to strike. I find these spinners work best in very clear water.
4. Spinners with Rooster Tails
Admittedly, these are my least favorite, but some of the biggest trout I have ever caught have been on spinners with rooster tails. These seem to combine the best of both worlds – A spinning blade and a tail simulating a small fish, bug or fly. When all else fails, these are certainly worth a try.
TIP: While fishing spinners in a river, I almost always throw the lure up stream and across towards the far bank. Fish generally face upstream so this keeps me out of their view and brings the spinner right to them as it is retrieved. Try different speeds and depths. I even like to bounce the spinner off the bottom as I retrieve it. You may lose a few lures this way, but you will catch more fish.
We Fish Utah Staff Writer