Thursday, May 31, 2012

More Double Bites!

The Colorado and Fluted Indiana blades arrived!

These are spinners for large predatory fish. Takes a lot of hardware to build spinners above 2 ounces and almost 9 inches long. Lots of components. Double blades, double skirts, dressed trebles. Once you get the parts, they are a lot of fun to build though!

Hefty in your hand and a real tug going through the water. No wonder fish take notice, they cause turbulence. You know when they engage and you know when they don't...

I found that I had problems using the S clevis on the 2oz+ Double Bite Colorado blade spinners.

Several observations.

Big Double blade spinners have a couple unique behaviors that can cause issues.

Some blade types misbehaved and did not spin well.

I found the #8 Colorado blades did not spin well in the S clevis. Indiana's worked, Fluted Indiana's worked, French Blades worked. Colorado's seemed too wide for the balanced S clevis to get the other side started. I believe the Colorado blade's more circular shape causes interference between the blades. When big spinners don't spin, it's immediately apparent. Early slow speed collisions between the blades kept them from both engaging and balancing out. The single Colorado blade on a single clevis worked fine.

I tried a variety of changes, trying to solve the problem, increasing drag by adding a bigger buck tail, more weight adding more components, less weight removing components, just no luck with the S clevis and Colorado blades.

I finally went to an intertwined two clevis blade attachment for the Colorado's. Two clevises provided enough flex and clearance during startup to allow both blades to start independently and not collide.

This fixed the problem on the Colorado blades and also worked on other bigger blade styles. Lesson learned.

Another symptom with the double blades, was that I got far more leader hangups. The leader's swivel would bind between the blades and stop rotation.

That irritating retrieve where the blades are not spinning and the line or leader is wrapped or tangled between the blades. Sometimes it can happen on single blade spinners, but definitely more often on doubles.

My leaders swivel clasp folded over as the spinner sank, deep enough, during some of the landings that the first blade rotation slipped over it and the metal to metal (clevis to swivel clasp) contact locked up the blade rotation.

To solve this issue I added a couple of bearing beads above the clevises. The bearings moved the blades down the wire enough to avoid the metal to metal (clevis to swivel clasp) contact and let the cable slip out on the first rotation. A couple more beads fixed that problem.

Much Better! Spinner misbehavior solved.

Here's some new pictures.

Fish Creek Spinners FluorGreen 2.5oz Double Bite Skirted Armadillo
This one has zonker strips banded on the 2/0 treble vs tied buck tail. Two bands, one for the fluorescent green then three shorter blacks and another band. I like it, so will the fish! Ultra fluid when wet, lots of color combo potential and much quicker to dress a hook.
Fish Creek Spinners Nickel 2.5oz Double Bite Skirted Armadillo w/Zonker

Fish Creek Spinners Green 2.5oz Double Bite Skirted Armadillo


Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Red Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Brown Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Fluor Orange Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Psycho Yellow Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Purple Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Blue Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz White Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Perch Double Bite Skirted Armadillo

Fish Creek Spinners 2.5oz Pink Double Bite Skirted Armadillo
If you fish Muskie or Pike, you already have the tackle to fish these. Put a few in your tackle box while the discount codes are still active!

Double Bite Skirted Armadillo's


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