Spurky sent me another guest post this morning, and I really like where he is going with this. I know when I pick up my fly or tackle box, my fingers subconsciously go to certain patterns first, regardless of conditions. Spurky explores this a bit, then gives his own personal example:
We all have a favorite go to lure, the one we drag out when fishing gets tough. Some of us even tend to get disheartened when even it does not produce.
Last year found a "magic lure" so to speak. I had been having amazing success with a blue over chartreuse crank bait. I decided to search for a minnow hard bait in that color, which turned out to be almost impossible. I found something close that caught my eye at Bass Pro Shops and grabbed it. A floating Rapala in the color called Cold Steel.
I took it out on my next wading trip,and gosh have mercy on my soul, it was a killer! I mean everything from sunfish to juvenile muskies - they all just beat that poor thing up. Then I lost it on a sunken tree and got that disheartened little boy feeling. I did well on the crank, but it was not the same.
This year that new poor lure has been beaten up so bad by smallies and pickerel the hooks broke and had to be replaced. I do not do number games, but many a trip I switched lures to get a rest!
One question/oddity about this lure is that a lot of times it gets throttled sitting on the surface right after a cast. I got to the point of waiting 5 or 10 seconds before bringing it in, and all but 2 or 3 times the "hammer" has been smallies!
It is amazing that 1 thing can bring so much joy, fun, excitement, and smiles to an already great day on the water.
That is my "magic" lure, what is yours? Why?
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