Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Twin Spin Experiments

I have been playing around with several different designs of twin spins.
Testing different configurations of blade sizes, type and connections.
The head sizes are 1-1/2 ounce, 2 ounces & 2-1/2 ounces.
6/0 Mustad hooks, 7/0 trailer hook, .062 main wire & .051 blade arms.

After limited testing I was surprised to find that the double/double 7's didn't really pull as hard as I figured. Even with the four blades there wasn't much difference between it and the one with just 2 #7 blades.
The free swinging arms worked really well though, they allowed blades to spin as the bait sank.

The single blades that were attached with swivels also worked well on the fall. Another cool feature is that they could also be tuned so that the blades would strike each other and make the bait sorta chatter.

My biggest surprise was the willow blades. These were the loudest of all the designs. When pulled next to the boat you could hear a loud raspy sound of the clevis, much louder than the others.
After about 10 minutes of casting the hair skirted willow I had a small 30" class fish strike it.

One thing I did notice is that the blade arms make for a very efficient weed guard for the hooks. I bumped and banged these through several lay down trees and brush piles without hanging them.

Time will tell if these designs are worth keeping in the arsenal or if they'll end up hanging on the shop wall as part of the decor.
Either way it nice to make and test something a little different for a change.   
Left is double-double 7's on free swinging arms.  Right is fluted 8's on swivels

Hammered willow blades, fixed shaft, clevis mounted.
#7 Colorado on left -  #8 Colorado on right ... both on swivels

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