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Fishing spoons are very effective at covering lots of holding water. Here are a few tips to successfully fishing steelhead with spoons (particularly Len Thompsons).
Spoon sizes really make a difference in how they fish in current. Adjust the type of spoon to match your fishing area to get the proper wobble action. I commonly carry the same spoons and colour finishes along with different sizes to help me be prepared for all conditions.
Make sure your lure is getting to the bottom to maximize your coverage of the hole. Retrieve your lure so it has just enough action to scrape the bottom occasionally. As the lure starts to swing across the river, dip your rod to counteract the push of the current causing the lure to rise. Spoons should have a nice thumping action as they work their way down stream and start to swing. Pay attention to your rod tip and feel of the spoon thumping. Not as easy as it seems but that is the key to good spoon fishing!
Larry Davidson | Pro Staff, Ontario