Last fall, we modified the design of the blades on our OG spinners. This modification removed the clevis attachment and created a self-aligning blade. In addition, we modified the rudder design.
When I tested the new blades in our test tank, the action looked good.
Next up was a test on Rock Lake last winter--and the results were solid. But, I wanted to make sure that this wasn't a one-off.
To help with this effort, I enlisted several serious fishermen in western Washington state. One of them, Dennis K., ran several tests for us. Below is his most recent report as well as photos of the results:
I’ve fished Riffe Lake twice in the last week and enjoyed essentially equal success with each of the Old Goat spinners you’ve provided. This most recent trip I had a friend run a couple just to make sure it wasn’t just my mojo catching fish and it isn’t. They performed well for him likewise. We targeted landlocked Coho but invariably end up catch many of the plentiful trout the lake is stocked with. I’m attaching photos of the Coho I kept this last trip, fishtailing as whole fish, then filleted and finally smoked.
It’s been a pleasure trying these out for you and I’ll spread the word in the West!
Dennis: We really appreciate your help in running the tests and reporting the results!
Mark Damron, who guides for Kokanee and trout in California, just sent the following report and photos. (UVR is Union Valley Reservoir.)
"Donn, The pink/blue is still producing. Ran them behind RMT 4.5 Bahama Mama dodgers for a great bite. Even landed a 3 lb. Rainbow, we released. Since getting your lures I've hardly touched my APEX's. UVR kokanee are schooling up and getting much more aggressive. Good news since UVR did not receive a plant 2 years ago; so, there is a natural self-sustaining spawn. Back at it on Tues. Thanks again Donn for painting these up for me."
Mark: It was our pleasure to paint the new color. We absolutely appreciate the suggestion! (It's become one of our top selling kokanee lures!)
Captain Parker Bambenek of Superior Pursuits mailed us the following report and photos from his outing yesterday afternoon on Lake Superior:
"3 for 5 on this set up this afternoon."
He's fishing the 5" OG2 in blue/black-scales for the Lake Trout.
Appreciate the report and the photo! (If you're looking for a fishing guide in Duluth, Minnesota, I'd recommend Captain Parker!)
Mark Damron, who guides on Lake Berryessa, had requested a new color for our 1.8" OG1 several weeks ago. I decided to paint up a few extras and put them on the store.
It turns out that this color (fluoro-blue/fluoro-pink/fluoro-white) has become one of our most popular kokanee lures.
Mark just emailed me the below report and pic:
"Donn, the Berryessa kokanee love the 1.8 OG blue and pink you painted up for me. Great color combination, Thanks"
(If you're looking to fish Kokanee in northern California, I'd schedule a trip with Mark!)
I'll try to keep the blog updated every so often: posting pictures submitted by customers, notes about recent tests, etc.