This is article 1 in our Best Trout Lures of All Time series.
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When it comes to backcountry trout fishing, simplicity is often the best choice. Spoons are among the simplest lures in the world, but they usually do the job. They are also cheap, meaning that they are a great option in areas with a lot of snags.
We have drawn on all of our collective backcountry fishing experience to bring you this list of the top five best spoons for backcountry trout fishing. Included are classics like the Acme Phoebe and the Mepps Little Wolf, but we have also thrown in a few different designs like the Dardevle Original.
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Have a look at the lures below, choose your favorites, and make sure that you add them to your backcountry trout fishing tackle box!
1. Acme Little Cleo
The Acme Little Cleo is a lure designed by trout fishermen, for trout fishermen. It incorporates decades of fishing expertise, and has quickly become one of the best backcountry trout lures in the world (in my opinion anyway!).
The Little Cleo has a range of features, including:
- An innovative design which creates a wild, irregular swimming action, but which doesn’t result in line twisting like many other spoons.
- A hump backed shape which creates a wiggling movement that has never failed to draw fish in. It is designed to look like a confused, injured baitfish.
- A textured look that is designed to appear like scales while reflecting the light in a way that is bound to draw predatory fish in.
- An aerodynamic design for optimal casting distance, making it perfect for using in backcountry alpine lakes.
When these features are coupled with needle sharp hooks and a decent swivel, you really do have the king of spoons. If you don’t have a Little Cleo in your tackle box, get one – you won’t regret it!
2. Luhr-Jensen Hus Lure
Silver metal lures have been used for decades to entice predatory fish to strike. The Luhr-Jensen Hus spoon is no different. With a unique ‘bent’ design and an erratic swimming motion, the Hus has the ability to cut through surface currents and reach deeper waters where the big fish lie.
The reflective coating is designed to catch and concentrate whatever sunlight there is, meaning that this lure will work well in all light levels. In fact, I have even had moderate success using in on a moonlit night.
The Luhr-Jensen Hus is perfect for backcountry trout fishing in small streams and rivers. It is designed to be used in strong currents, where the movement of the water will ‘work’ the lure and draw fish in. However, it will work equally well in still waters, but you will just have to work the lure with your rod.
Play around with your retrieval style, as different styles seem to work better on different days. Sometimes a very fast retrieve works well, but sometimes I find that a slow, jerky retrieve will excite sleepy fish and entice a strike.
3. Acme Phoebe
The Acme Phoebe is an extremely simple spoon which is nothing more than a piece of sheet metal cut out into the shape of a fish. It is painted with highly reflective patterns that are designed to imitate common bait fish, so it is very important to be aware of what the fish you are targeting feed on. Choose a color which matches popular baitfish in the area.
If you’re not too sure about what color to choose, the silver, gold, or blue variations are always good choices. They are highly reflective, they will catch the sun as they move, and they will undoubtedly bring the fish in. If possible, you need to try and find an area of stiller water to fish in for the spoon to have its full effect. Look for somewhere that a rock or fallen tree has broken the current flow, and cast there. Retrieve in a jerky, irregular motion and wait for the strike!
4. Mepps Little Wolf
The Mepps Little Wolf is another relatively simple spoon which is designed for targeting small trout on light gear. Although similar to the Acme Little Cleo, the Little Wolf has a different swimming action and different color schemes, making it an absolute must for any serious backcountry fisherman.
The Little Wolf comes in a number of different colors, but as always, it’s very important to select the right color for the waters you plan on fishing. Try and match the color of your lure to the baitfish in the area, but if you can’t do that, I would recommend the blue/silver variation. In all honesty, I have rarely missed when using this color, and I don’t see any reasons why you would.
With razor sharp, strong hooks and a cleverly place piece of red tubing around the shank of the hooks, the Little Wolf really does have it all. If you don’t already have one in your lure box (and I’m sure that some of you do!), then you need to get one before your next fishing trip!
5. Dardevle Original
Although the shape of the Dardevle Original is anything but original, the color schemes that this lure offers is something that has to be seen to be believed! Although most lures try and imitate common baitfish and other prey from an area, the Dardevle seems to do the exact opposite. Rather than imitating anything, it presents itself in a range of flashy colors that – for some unknown reason – seem to do the trick!
One of my favorite styles is the red/white variation. Its strange colors, combined with its unique wobbling motion, seems to make it a favorite among larger backcountry trout. If you’re looking for a new lure to try, then consider adding this one to your arsenal!
Spoons are simple, easy to use, and they work great on trout and other species. If you are planning a backcountry fishing trip in the future, grab yourself a few of the spoons above. They are all proven to work, have a reliable design and construction, and they will be sure to help you land a few nice trout!
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