AT R&R QUALITY REMAINS AN ON-GOING GOAL
I want to state that I am a better fisherman than I am a writer, but I will try to make this information as useful as possible. I have been working with the R&R Lure Company the last few years to test various colors, patterns, lure sizes, and techniques. I have found that the R&R lures have been the top producing lures for me especially in the spring and early summer fishing when our main species are Brown Trout, Steelhead, and occasionally Salmon.
I believe there are two key things that make these lures work so good for many anglers. The first reason for using R&R Super-lite & Silver Scale Series Lures is that they are speed forgiving. Many lures have an optimum speed range, which they must be run at to have any effect. Many lures when used at slower speeds do nothing to attract fish, and if used at a slightly faster speed the lure spins out of control. The R&R Lures can be run from 1 mile per hour to 3.5 miles per hour and still work great. The larger speed range of these lures helps anglers adjust the lure to fit their preferred presentation. Many fishermen like to troll slowly, while others find that pulling their lures faster works best. Everyone has to find a speed that works on his or her boat and try to repeat it until they are not getting any more hits at that speed.
Depending on water temperatures and water clarity the speed used will make a difference in how many hits you get. In colder or muddy water a slower speed seems to work best. While in warmer or clear water when the lures can be seen a greater distance the faster speed seems to be the most effective for getting hits. When I first saw these lures I thought of the old flutter spoons that had to be trolled slowly to be effective. This is not so with the R&R Super-lite & Silver Scale Series Lures as the cup and special bend in these lures allows you run about any speed you desire. Personally, I don’t like to troll slow as I am impatient angler. I am always thinking there are more fish ahead of me and I want to cover as much water is as I can! Once I find a good fishing hole, or I am getting lots of hits, I will work that area over hard.
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The second key reason for using
R&R Super-lite & Silver Scale Series Lures is the great variety of
colors. The special paints and sparkles
that look like real scales are amazing.
When they dance through the water and reflect the light it is hard for
any fish not to take a bite out of them!
Our best color two seasons ago was monkey puke (on the color
chart #11 and size 2 ¾” and 3 ¼”). We
caught Brown Trout, King Salmon, and even Walleyes on that color. Last year it was still good but the
watermelon (on the color chart #13 or #17 black dot or grape dot) color worked
the best. We usually start with 6 or 8
colors in the morning and we let the fish tell us what color they prefer on
that particular day. Last season by the
end of the day we were running 5 or 6 watermelon lures. Try a variety of colors as every area of the
Another great advantage of the R&R Lures is that the paint is very durable; it will not peel off after catching a fish or two. Some manufactures are having a hard time getting their paint to stay on the lures. It is frustrating to have the right color lure working for you, but after catching a fish or two you realize you are running a plain silver lure and no longer catching any more fish.
I have found that the most critical part of this set up is to run the R&R Lures (or any other lure that does not have a ring on the front) with a good quality snap swivel with a “Duo-lock snap”. A cross lock swivel will hurt the action; you want the lure to swing free with no restrictions. Another way of rigging your setup is to put a small barrel swivel on your line two or three foot of fluorocarbon line tied to a “Duo-lock snap” at the end. This will help eliminate line twist. We run these lures in the spring off planner boards 80 to 100 feet back with no weight added. This allows the lures to run just below the surface, and you can run in close to the shore and not get hung up. If you get into a situation where there is grass or weeds floating then just add a small sinker or split shot three feet up the line. This will catch the weeds before getting to your hook on the lure. It is also a good technique when the water warms up slightly, and the fish start to go deeper.
If you are
Good luck and tight lines!
Capt. Clyde Keck
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