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02-14-2017, 06:58 PM
Hey guys I'm going to be building some Salmon trolling spinners... Got a few general questions for you all... Give your opinion/answers to the questions below or preference.. Just looking for feedback...

1. Nickle vs. Silver plated blades vs. brass

2. Double or Single blade

3. Bead/Blade colors

4. Trebles or Singles

5. Hook tube yes/no

02-14-2017, 07:22 PM
I like the trebles on double bladed spinners.

We got some fish on single siwash hooks in the river last year so they do work pretty well, but I'm sticking with trebles when allowed.


02-15-2017, 01:37 AM
1. Silver plated or painted blades

2. Double

3. See below

4. Trebles

5. No

Color I'm beginning to think is more for the fisherman than the fish. I put one salmon in my boat this year (can't count how many on other people's) after trolling all morning with the go to chartreuse and red spinners for nothing and Sportygirl says "put the pink one on"....not even 5min BOOM! Had she not been there that pink would have sat untouched because I've never had any luck with it. Timing is the key

JMHO, I know it's a bit more expensive but I love the titanium through wires. Inevitably, when when you catch d cent sized fish on a Silvertron you're going to bend, and it will never run true again. Gone through my fair share and nothing worse than having one that produces several fish and then it bends beyond repair. I've been running Shasta Tackle Scorpion spinners since before they came out (knew someone on R&D that had "extras") and I love that I can bend them. For the price, it's worth it just in what you spend replacing bent ones

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02-15-2017, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the input fellas... Im going to build 1/3 of them with the titanium... and the rest with .035 wire which is a notch thicker than Silvertron... I want to fine tune the crimp process... before building them all out of titanium... I had good luck with 4 color combos last season... but my success wasn't reproducible until I got the speed down... Once I got the speed dialed in it was on... Hopefully some pics soon....

02-19-2017, 11:32 AM
Well got the supplies all ordered up last week... blades... beads... clevises... .035 wire... split rings... and the titanium wire coming from a different supplier... Picked up crimps yesterday... just need to buy a crimper... Went to Sportsmans but arrived way to early(wasn't open for another 45 mins) so will go later today or tomorrow to grab some crimpers... My order seems to be traveling all over California just not to my house LoL... I'm stoked... Always wanted to build my own spinners... but never really like the blade options from places... Finally found a place that has close to what I wanted so pulled the trigger... Probably doesnt hurt to have 50-100 extra spinners on hand :bananasplits:

02-19-2017, 02:21 PM
1. Silver is what I use the most. I also like Silver that are half red and half silver.(I paint them myself) Last season brass or copper worked well for me. I used a brass body and shiny brass double blade blue fox and it was killer.

2. Always double blade. I think double blade gives out a little more vibration and flash which seems to bring out their aggressive response.

3. Beads - red, pink, yellow. The same or in combination. I don't know if the bead color makes any difference but red is my favorite.

4. Trebles

5. No

looks like you'll be ready to roll when the season starts.

02-19-2017, 06:55 PM
See we are all in agreement on the hook tubing LoL... I wish they didn't put it on but it hides janky looking wire twists... First thing I do when I buy a spinner is cut that stuff off... Or at least enough off so the hook moves free...

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02-23-2017, 05:30 PM
Tinkering with a few...


This crimp look OK..?


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02-23-2017, 06:00 PM
Dam looking good!!!

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02-23-2017, 07:37 PM
Nice twist job in the .035
Crimp looks nice

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02-24-2017, 12:12 PM
Lookin good. Looks like you could start Monkeys Magic Salmon Lure Co. Now for the looooooog wait for the season to start.

02-24-2017, 11:02 PM
Thanks fellas... There is definitely a learning curve on building spinners... The actual .035 wire would be easier to work with than the titanium wire if I had a wire former tool... Still contemplating that... All places in town are out... Right now the titanium is easier to work with...Im hoping the titanium is rigid enough for them to run right... Bending that .035 by hand is not easy if you want a good looking loop... I already found out to give myself a little extra for the titanium wire LoL... You'll get a few holes in your fingers if you try to bend a loop in it with not enough extra wire... Only time will tell. They both have pluses and minuses... But if they run right... and the crimps hold up titanium would definitely be the way to go... No more bent spinners would be a good deal... Probably not for lure companies tho... LoL...

03-06-2017, 06:03 PM
I'm having a bit of trouble with some of the crimps I'm doing on the salmon spinner's I'm building... On about every other crimp its cocking my straight inline loop... I haven't managed to figure out either a wire position or crimp groove in the crimpers to avoid this... Nothing like ruining a spinner last crimp... Any advise appreciated... Its on the titanium wire...

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03-12-2017, 10:17 AM
What do you guys think..? Hook closer to spinner blade..? or further away..? Opinions please... Silvertrons are close as it gets... LoL... I got a old spinner builder saying close as you can get... and newer generation guys looks like they leave some room...

03-12-2017, 11:57 AM
Here's the situation... Same lure side by side... 1 lure just split ring... 1 lure swivel + split ring then hook... Do they look to far apart..? The blade to hook gap..?



Hard to tell from the pics I should of hung them up right...

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04-20-2017, 04:22 PM
Run then both in the water. I like it tighter so when you are rolling that bait slow that hook doesn't drop down

04-29-2017, 08:24 AM
1. Silver plated {silvertrons} work best for me.

2. Always double blades but it depends on currents.

3. The fish like blue sometimes, maybe green, pink, red. They arent always the same. My favorite is a bead then a pearl then a bead then a pearl. I catch big girls that way. I think they like the extra bling. I even put an occasional wedding ring on there.

4. Trebles are best for sure and only singles if you have to.

5. Never a hook tube as they absorb the wiggle I think. I run my wire through the eye and under the bottom of the treble and back up through the eye. That gives you a better wiggle that sends out a much better wobble signal??? lol Your hook will always be rigid and straight that way.

When it comes to salmon spinners. Salmon tend to like some better than others alot. I really think it comes from the wobble to attract them. Then they see the colors. But they have long smelled it before the colors so i put a lil something something on the end of the last few beads.

One of my best ways to set up a spinner is 3 beads/small silvertron colorado/4 beads/large silvertron willow/3 beads/treble hook.

But dont forget you have "weighted metal beads" as well that you throw in there to balance your spinner.
The wobble is the number one thing in a spinner i think.

06-18-2017, 11:25 AM
Pics of a few out of the 50 or so I built in the off season... Bring it...


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06-18-2017, 11:40 AM
Don't give up your day job...:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

06-22-2017, 05:42 AM
Those look like winners monkey 916 Good luck :fishing5: