The Best Trout Fishing Spinners

While there are many lure options available to trout anglers, few beat a spinner. Consisting of a spinner blade, weighted body and hook, these simple lures provide the flash and vibration that trigger trout into striking. Spinners allow anglers to cover a great deal of water since they are easy to cast and retrieve.

Mepps Aglia

Mepps proclaims the Aglia to be the world's best lure, and it may very well be with all the trophy fish that have come to the bank on the Aglia. Available in a range of blade sizes from 00 to 5, there is an Aglia spinner to fit the need of any trout angler.

For small stream or pond trout, use the smaller sizes like 00, 0 or 1. These ultra-light spinners won't spook fish in clear water.
If you target trout on larger streams or rivers, use size 2 in clear water and size 3 if the water is off-color.

Trophy trout anglers can also utilize the size 4 or 5 to elicit strikes from the largest of trout in big watersheds. Trout that are measured in pounds, not inches, are looking for a big meal, and these large spinners are just the ticket.


Blue Fox Vibrax

This spinner's unique two-piece body design emits a low frequency vibration that predator fish, such as trout, can home in on. The spinner blade on the Vibrax rotates at a 45 degree angle to the spinner shaft, making this spinner a good choice for flowing rivers or still water lakes since it provides enough vibration and lift to keep it above underwater obstructions.

Available in blades sizes from 0 to 6, there is a Vibrax spinner to meet the demands of trout anglers. Use the smaller blades, like the 0, 1 and 2, for smaller streams, and the 3 and 4 blades for larger rivers and lakes. No matter what size Vibrax you use, be sure to use a slow retrieve to keep the blade of the spinner rotating. The combination of the vibration of the body and thumping spinner blade will call in the trophy trout.

Panther Martin

The unique design of the Panther Martin spinner starts with the concave blade that sits directly on the spinner shaft. Rotating on a brass bead, this spinner will rotate with very little resistance and can be worked slower through a likely looking pool in the river, just teasing the trout to bite. This special spinner also emits a different vibration frequency than other spinners thanks to the blade design, which can make all the difference on opening day of trout season when the fish see a lot of pressure.

Try using size 1, 2 and 4 Panther Martins for small stream trout, and go to the bigger sizes like the 6, 9 or 15 when pursuing trophy-size trout on bigger rivers.



Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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