Sunday, December 30, 2012

Day of the Zonker

I was sitting around waiting for the Bronco's to play at 2:30 pm MT and decided to do some prep work for this seasons Transformer spinners.

Here's a few pictures from this mornings industry - Hiding hooks with industry..


Setup - Skirt tool, Skirt bands, Zonker hides, #6 3x trebles, Hair cut shears

I found that a fly tying scissors just didn't cut it. Some of the Magnum strips off a old buck rabbit's neck can be mighty tough! I use the heavier shears, to get quicker cleaner cuts.

The skirt tool is a handy and inexpensive addition to any tackle junkies tool arsenal. Skirt bands have other interesting uses as well. I use them on open loop spinner baits to keep the leader from slipping up out of the loop. Even started putting them on some of the new display pegs during transport.

In this application, the tool provides a quick attachment of the zonker to the hook and avoids hundreds of wraps, half hitches and a good amount of buck hair aggravation!

Slide the bands over the needle nose, remove it and ready for action

Snip, Snip, Snip goes the scissors and pinch the 1 inch zonker into the three treble troughs

Use a twisting slide into the sleeve to get the zonker to behave. Then  'carefully' push a band  off the tube over the zonker

They bushel quick. You'll likely do some trimming above the zonker when it comes time to put them on a spinner.

Blaze Orange zonker banded treble hooks

Red ones

Crayfish 

Fluorescent Yellow


Plenty more to make

Fun, Fun, Fun
And some tri-colors

Anyways, I put a small buck tail from a batch Ben tied on the first prototypes and really liked the drag a dressed hook provided in combination with the June Bug blade. The first few were twisted on.



At first, I was going to use buck tails to dress them out, but tying them for smaller spinners was tedious and they're expensive to buy. I still use buck tail on some of larger spinners.

Tying for your own use, in small numbers, no problem. You can definitely get some awesome custom multi-color buck tails in your favorite colors if you tie your own.

Small steps and incremental cost improvements.

The prototypes turned the corner from tied bucktail to banded zonker. Because the zonker had such variety on color choices, I decided to use the slip R bend on the treble hook to enable swaps on the colors and hook replacement as needed. You can also substitute single hooks for trebles, add weedless hooks or barbless, depending on regulations on your favorite waters.

Here's a few pictures of the Transformers as being sold around the country today.




Here's a link to the Medium Spinners category web page 


and the Transformer web store detail for more pictures June Bug Transformers

The Bronco's won. Cheers and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

1/5oz Armadillo seeks Angling Adventure


Enjoys time in water and resting on rod guides.
I'm attached to knots and swivels and really love pictures with fish.

Attracted to fishermen that like to walk along the water, enjoy nature and aren't afraid to get their feet wet.

I'm noisy, but hey, a little friction is good, right?

1/5oz Glass Armadillo multi-species fishing spinner - put some on your line!


Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillo fishing spinner Beaver Pond Colorado Cutthroat caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillo
The 1/5oz Glass Armadillo is a newer design, first built in 2011. Lots of color choices are provided.

It uses faceted glass body beads and is highly reflective on sunny days in clear waters. Fish notice and chase these glass spinners. Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillos use #5 Fluted Indiana blades. Friction discs protect the glass beads and contact the fluted blades during rotation, causing noise and vibration. Check the underside of the blade after a period of use, and you'll notice the contact wear lines match the disc spacing, regardless of no contact at rest.

These spinners catch all species of trout, and any fish that strikes spinners.

You can listen to the sound differences between Glass and Metal Armadillos on the Noise page. Scroll down to find the Glass Armadillo.

Friday, December 14, 2012

FCS Angler Interface - New Look and Feel

Website traffic has slowed down, page rank took a dive, and Google's been tweeking the index algorithms. Time to rethink the web site format. 

A word to the wise - refresh your cache to pick up changes.

I've always known I had too much info on a page. The whole 'above the fold' deal. Most of the good stuff was not visible on entry - hidden treasures never seen.

With this as marching orders, the web site content and navigation has changed and will be changing again as my inclination rises to the challenge.

In doing so, I think it's worth some time to point out what's changed with some pictures and a few words.

Here's a collection of screenshots with high lights noted by red circles and limited descriptive text.

I hope it's interesting and helpful. Regardless, I still feel compelled to write it down. Persistence is a virtue, right?

First the Home Page

Fish Creek Spinners Home page
Now the high lights

Promotion box Alert shows active promotion codes available in the store. Launches the info when you click it.


Mouseover Pop Ups - larger pictures with short text descriptions and fish caught on each model. Slide the mouse over the spinner grids and see larger images. You'll need to have pop ups enabled to use this function. If it bothers you (and it might be a little too much), turn on the pop up blocker on your browser when you see them show up.

Fish Creek Spinners Home page Mouseover Pop ups
New pages listed by size and new individual model pages. The size page summarizes each model, the individual pages have links into that model in the web store, and grids showing fish pictures by model.

Fish Creek Spinners Small Spinner category page
When a size category page launches, the spinners models for the category will be listed in on the left side navigation stack.

Spinner model Detail page

Each Spinner Model has detail page (or will once I'm finished). Each model has a description and a grid showing a picture, with fish species pictures returned by FCS customers. Each small picture can be clicked to expand it picture on the upper right side. The left side picture has a link to the model in the web store.
Fish Creek Spinners Nitromite model detail page
Medium sized models category page

The size category's models are listed for selection in the left navigation stackEach size category page has a grid at the top with it's primary models pictures. Each picture has a mouseover pop up that expands into a larger photo. The pop up blocker needs to be disabled if you wish to see these. 

Fish Creek Spinners Medium size model category page

Metal Armadillo Medium Spinner detail page

 A grid with each spinners picture and fish photo's caught on the model and links into the web store; one as text and one on the upper right spinner picture.
Fish Creek Spinners Medium size model category page
Large Spinner size category model page

By now you've figured out each Model category and each Model detail pages have similar formats, and I'm about done. Oh yeah, one more thing.
Fish Creek Spinners Large size Category Page
Need picture link


Fish Creek Spinners Need A Picture challenge
If you come across entries in the model detail pages that are text only, these link to the Fish Photo page that describes how you can get free spinners by sending in fish pictures caught on Fish Creek Spinners. Think about it...

That's about all I have to help describe the new website changes. We still have the fish species pages and pages on type classes of tackle - Spinnerbaits, Walleye bait rigs, and trolling cowbells. Either on the home page navigation or on the left navigation in the web store.

Hmmm, one last comment. Because content is changing frequently, your launch may not look like these because an older version is being selected from your browser cache. I suggest doing a browser refresh to rebuild the cache and pick up new content changes.

Here's a link to get you started - Fish Creek Spinners home page

This got pretty big and I still have to do the document the web store, oh well, think that will be  another post. 

Cheers and Merry Christmas!










Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Seasons Greetings!


Seasons Greetings from Fish Creek Spinners!

and a Happy New Year to all of you

From all of us!





Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fish Creek Spinners Bullseye bait rigs

Fish Creek Spinners Walleye BullsEye bait rigs

Fish Creek Spinners Bullseye bait rig - crawler haulers
This design's went through a few shake down modifications this summer. I started with double hook rigs behind the prop spinner, but based on fishermen preference, I've decided to go with slow death hooks on future models. Also threading the spinner on stainless wire, I love the extra vibration the propeller churns up against the wire shaft.

As far as hooks, feedback on the slow death hooks has shown me the rigs are well worth the extra steps to assemble this trailer assembly. 

Put some on your line and see for yourself!



Step 1 - Prism Head
  - Stick on prism eyes
  - Flat Glass head beads
  - Lacquer and dry cycle

Step 2 - 4 inch slow death rig
  - Crane swivel
  - cut six inches of 20# Silver Thread monofilament trailer line
  - Mustad Slow Death hook 
  - tie hook and swivel to trailer with two modified cinch knots, cinch and trim knots

Step 3 - cut lengths of 4 ft leaders
  - 20# Silver Thread monofilament line

Step 4 - Assemble Prop Spinner
  - Stainless Wire
  - Large Propeller
  - Prism Head
  - tail beads
  - trim Stainless wire
  - Wireformer R bend
  - thread 4 inch Slow Death rig on R bend and twist loop
  - tie on leader with modified cinch knot, cinch and trim

Step 5 - cut 1x2 inch styrofoam leader blocks
  - Styrofoam cutter
  - styrofoam block

Step 6 - Label and Package spinner 
  - UPC label
  - Fish Creek Spinners logo label
  - Clear plastic clam shell  
  - Wind 4 ft leader around styrofoam leader block and label back
  - Insert Spinner into clam shell and store for 2013 sales

Fish Creek Spinners Bulleye prism heads on drying rack and finished heads

Fish Creek Spinners Bullseye Walleye bait rigs on the rock
Back to work!

 Bottom line - There's a whole lot of component assembly steps, to fill up my spare time this winter!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fish Creek Spinners home page in a blog

Here's the real one if you care to compare - Fish Creek Spinners home page

Exceptional hand crafted fishing spinners for your best fishing adventures.

Large Fish Creek Spinners overview

The large Fish Creek Spinners model range from the 1/3oz Metal Armadillo up to our largest spinner the 3oz Double Bite Skirted Armadillo. These spinners catch large predatory fish in both freshwater and saltwater. They are strung on heavier gauge .051 inch stainless wire and typically have larger hooks, blades, and body components that add extra weight and endurance to match the challenges of heavier and more aggressive fish.

These large fishing spinners are Muskie fishing spinners, Pike Fishing Spinners, King Salmon fishing spinners, Chinook Salmon fishing spinners, Chum Salmon fishing spinners and also work well as Saltwater fishing spinners when rigged with Stainless hooks.

They've been fished successfully to catch Musky and Tiger Muskie, Northern Pike, Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, Chum Salmon, Steelhead and King Fish, Jack Crevalle, and last but not least,Tiger Fish.

3oz Double Bite Armadillo skirted Muskie Fishing Spinner

Fish Creek Spinners 3oz Double Bite Skirted Metal Armadillo
Jack Crevelle caught in Angola on Fish Creek Spinners 3oz Double Bite Skirted Metal Armadillo
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The 3oz Double Bite Skirted Metal Armadillo is our largest fishing spinner and new this year. It's made for predatory fish like Musky, Tiger Fish, and all other large fish that strike spinners. They're new this year, but off to a great start; sold coast to coast and even fished on other continents. I'm very proud of this large double blade model. The body is strung on .051 in stainless wire and assembled from 9/32 inch nickel plated solid brass beads. Beads are painted with powder coat paint and baked to provide a durable finish. Sixteen blade and color variations are available by dropdown choice. See the 2oz version for pictures.


Double Silicon Starflash Skirts provide lots big fish attracting combinations. The Double #8 or #9 blades are .040in gauge Gold or Nickel. This blades chop some water and will create a wake over weedbeds, if retrieved with your rod tip raised. Colorado, Indiana, French and Fluted Indiana blades choices are available. Double Silicon Starflash skirts hide banded zonker treble hooks from #1/0 up to size #5/0. If you have the tackle to handle the big lures, you'll be very happy with this spinner models' performance.

2oz Double Bite Armadillo skirted Muskie Fishing Spinner

1oz Double Bite Armadillo skirted Muskie Fishing Spinner



1oz Double Blade Hula skirted muskie fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1oz Hula Spinner
Tiger Muskie caught in Washington on Fish Creek Spinners 1oz Double Blade Hula Spinner
The 1oz Hula Spinner is a good spring Musky fishing spinner. This was our first double blade spinner with interleaved clevises and it's had mixed results, catching some nice fish, but we've gotten a couple complaints about having to jump start it on entry to the water. It seemed to perform best with a fast retrieve.

If you prefer slow retrieves, I suggest the 2/3oz skirted June Bug Armadillo.

The Hula's body is strung on .040 inch stainless wire and assembled from a large nickel plated solid brass body component, accented with friction discs and faceted glass. Bodies are heated then dipped with powder coat and baked to provide a durable finish. Nine blade and color variations are shown. The Double #6 Colorado or Indiana blades are .028in gauge Brass or Nickel. This may be light for certain anglers, and we went with heavier blades on the 2-3oz versions. The double blades stir up water and will create a wake over weedbeds, if retrieved with your rod tip raised. A Silicon Starflash skirts hides hooks from #1/0 up to size #5/0. A single hook choice is available.

1oz Squid Salmon fishing spinner

1oz Spike Pike fishing spinner



2/3oz June Bug Armadillo salmon fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 2/3oz June Bug Skirted Armadillo fishing spinner Need a Fish Picture for the Glow Spinners
The 2/3oz June Bug Skirted Armadillo is a late arrival this season. It didn't get much time on the market or in the water and no fish pictures were returned. No worries, on this one!

The spinner has a couple unique attributes that should jump start it's success, next season.

First, the large June Bug blade has two points of rotation along the wire. The blade's perpendicular brace provides a fixed angle of rotation and a very unique reflective strobe. The fixed axis points also enable fixed rotation at very very slow speeds. Starting ad stopping frequently, gives the silicon skirt and zonker strips time to swell and compress in a fish enticing pulse.

The second feature is the split ring attached zonker banded treble hooks. The zonker strips are extremely fluid and full of motion when wet. The split ring positions the hooks at the break in the skirt, waving back and forth as retrieved. Finally, the split ring enables Hooks to be switched out or replaced to change zonker colors.

1/3oz Metal Armadillo salmon fishing spinner




Fish Creek Spinners 1/3oz Metal Armadillo Salmon caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/3oz Metal Armadillo
Historically, the 1/3oz Metal Armadillo has been our best fishing spinner for Salmon. Whether in the Pacific Northwestern Rivers and Sounds or the North Central Great Lakes and Eastern Seaways, this fishing spinner is worth getting wet in your salmon favorite waters.

Put a bucktail or zonker banded treble on it and it's caught it's share of Tiger Muskies in New Mexico too.

The body is assembled from 9/32 inch nickel plated solid brass beads. Beads are painted with powder coat paint and baked to provide a durable finish. 26 color and blade variations provide lots of choices. The Super Willow blades can be either Gold, Brass, or Nickel and provide lots of strobe and noisy vibration as they collide with the metal friction disc spacers during rotation. The friction discs wobble along the wire for extra motion turbulence. Be sure to check out it's hydrophone record on the Spinner Noise page.

Medium Fish Creek Spinners MVP fishing spinners


1/4oz Glass Armadillo Salmon fishing spinner




Fish Creek Spinners 1/4oz Glass Armadillo Brown Trout caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/4oz Glass Armadillo
Three glass armadillo models cover a lot of water. Historically, the 1/8oz has more anglers using it, but the 1/5 and 1/4 oz models are catching up. These were first sold lat in the 2011 fishing season and are becoming popular on larger rivers and shore fishing.

Made with highly reflective glass separated by metal friction discs, these spinners are an exceptional new design.

The discs protect the glass and cause friction and vibration as they collide and rub against the blade during rotation. Fish take notice and chase these spinners.

Try a few in your favorite colors and get them wet in your favorite waters.

1/4oz Angle Iron multi-species fishing spinner




Fish Creek Spinners 1/4oz Angle Iron Inline spinner North Carolina Smallie caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/4oz Angle Iron
The Angle Iron is currently our only Inline blade spinner. Its 1/4oz weight makes it a favorite in windy climates (like Wyoming) or in fast turbulent waters. Fish Creek Spinners Angle Irons use #4 Inline blades; Brass, Gold, Nickel and Black Nickel (my favorite).

These catch all species of trout and bass and are a favorite for Smallmouth.

The inline blade provides a thumping noise, different from clevis blades and propellers. You can listen to the differences on the Noise page. Scroll down to find the Angle Iron.

1/5oz Metal Armadillo multi-species fishing spinner




Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Metal Armadillo fishing spinner Colorado River Brown Trout caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Metal Armadillo
The Metal Armadillo is favorite of mine, bringing added weight to the Armadillo design.

This models 1/5oz weight makes for a nice precision cast in larger rivers and lakes. Another favorite in windy climates or in fast turbulent waters.

Fish Creek Spinners Metal Armadillos use #4 Fluted Indiana blades. Solid Nickel coated solid brass Body beads are heated and dipped in Powder Coat paint, then baked to a durable finish.

These spinners catch all species of trout, including sea trout in Denmark!

The fluted Indiana blades collide with the metal friction discs during rotation as the discs rock back and forth on the stainless axis wire. You can listen to the differences on the Noise page. Scroll down to find the Metal Armadillo.

1/5oz Glass Armadillo multi-species fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillo fishing spinner Beaver Pond Colorado Cutthroat caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillo
The 1/5oz Glass Armadillo is a newer design, first built in 2011. Lots of color choices are provided.

It uses faceted glass body beads and is highly reflective on sunny days in clear waters. Fish notice and chase these glass spinners. Fish Creek Spinners 1/5oz Glass Armadillos use #5 Fluted Indiana blades. Friction discs protect the glass beads and contact the fluted blades during rotation, causing noise and vibration. Check the underside of the blade after a period of use, and you'll notice the contact wear lines match the disc spacing, regardless of no contact at rest.

These spinners catch all species of trout, and any fish that strikes spinners.

You can listen to the sound differences between Glass and Metal Armadillos on the Noise page. Scroll down to find the Glass Armadillo.

1/8oz June Bug Transformer fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz June Bug Transformer Fishing spinner Largemouth Bass caught on Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Junebug Transformer
The 1/8oz June Bug Transformer is new this year and off to an impressive start. The June Bug blade has been around along time, but the transformer is the first Fish Creek Spinner model to use it.

June Bug blades don't use a clevis, they thread on the wire similar to an Inline blade, except this blade has two points of contact on the stainless wire. The perpendicular brace provides a unique fixed angle of rotation, allowing the blade to rotate at very slow retrieval speeds.

Another interesting development on this model is the zonker banded hook. This is also a new discovery this year. The model's called a Transformer because the hooks are attached with a slip R bend that seats inside the big tail bead. This connection method allows hook colors and types to be changed or replaced.
Nice! We've gotten a ton of email positive feedback on the model's performance, it's slow retrieval speeds and zonker hooks, but we still some need more pictures!

1/8oz Glow fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glow fishing spinner Need a Fish Picture for the Glow Spinners
The 1/8oz Glow spinner has a #3 glow indiana blade, glow body cylinders, and a large glow tail bead.

The glow components heat up great with a black light flashlight for night fishing.

Doing any night fishing in familiar waters, you ought to try a couple of these!



1/8oz Glass Armadillo multi-species fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/8oz Glass Armadillo fishing spinner Nice New Mexico Rainbow caught on FCS Glass Armadillo
The 1/8oz Glass Armadillo is our most popular and most sold fishing spinner.

The Armadillo comes in three primary components; Glass, Metal, and Plastic. Plastics are used in certain models for fluorescent and glow properties.

Each of the primaries have models in a variety of weights: 1/10oz, 1/8oz, 1/5oz, and 1/4oz. Large Armadillos in the Muskie/Pike species range from 2/3oz to 3oz.

Armadillos are unique, using the friction disc spaces to protect the beads and also collide with the blade. The Spinner Noise page has several Armadillo recordings for the various types and sizes. This spinner is unique and comes highly recommended for all fish that chase spinners.

I recommend the Armadillo design, if you haven't tried them, I hope you consider giving some a try in your favorite waters. Our brand recognition depends on your buying decisions and increases cast by cast, thanks to your support!

Ultralite Fish Creek Spinners MVP fishing spinners


1/24oz Fire Fly stream fishing spinner - Coming Soon


1/16oz Eye Catcher multi-species stream fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/16oz Eye Catcher fishing spinner Need a Fish Picture for the Glow Spinners
The 1/16oz Eye Catchers are sizzling new going into the 2013 fishing season.

They use a variety of small blade styles; Colorado, Propeller, French, and Indiana. All have prism eyes lacquered on to a flat glass tail bead.

Be the first to get your fish pictures in the grid!

Stay tuned for other sizes!


1/12oz NitroMite multi-species stream fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/12oz Nitromite fishing spinner Crappie caught on 1/12oz Fish Creek Spinners Nitromite fishing spinner
The 1/12oz Nitromite is our most popular Ultralite spinner.

Small #1 Indiana blades in Gold, Nickel, and black Nickel are available.

The bodies are faceted glass accent beads for color and gold or silver plated small metal beads. They have #10 treble hooks but can be optioned with single hooks.

The nitromite is a stream spinner, although many anglers use the fluorescents for crappie.

1/10oz Quad Prop multi-species stream fishing spinner


1/10oz Small Metal Armadillo multi-species stream fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners 1/10oz Small Armadillo fishing spinner Sunfish caught on 1/10oz Small Armadillo fishing spinner
The 1/10oz Small Armadillo is great for streams. A very popular Ultralite spinner across the country.

Small #2 French and Colorado blades in Gold, Brass and Nickel are available.

The bodies are powder coated nickel beads separated by friction discs with a faceted glass tail beads for color variation. They have #10 treble hooks but can be optioned with single hooks.

The small armadillo is available in a large selectoin of colors and blade styles. Fluorescent plastic bodies are also available.

1/10oz Propeller Fire Ant multi-species stream fishing spinner


1/10oz Double Blade Hot Rod stream fishing spinner


Fish Creek Spinners by Type fishing spinners


Walleye Fishing Rigs and Spinners


Fish Creek Spinners 1/10oz Walleye Spinner Walleye caught on 1/10oz Walleye Spinner
The Walleye rigs are new this year and catching fish in northern waters. The Bullseye rigs are the newest of the new.


4 ft Walleye Bullseye Bait Rig fishing spinner


4 ft 1/10oz Walleye bait rig fishing spinner


4 ft 1/20oz Walleye bait rig fishing spinner


32in Trolling Cowbell flasher Category


Ice Fishing Category