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 Post subject: Trico Spinners
PostPosted: July 19th, 2018, 8:36 pm 
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Can either be frustrating as hell, or provide epic fishing.

Today on the Missouri might just be the finest day of Trico Spinner Fishing I’ve personally ever had.

The MO has been very high this entire season. It’s lower than when Hutch and Gussa we’re here last week, but still over 6000 FPS,......way higher than I’ve ever fished her.

Today we rented a drift boat and floated lower down than we normally fish it. We were on Trike Spinners from about 9 am through 1:15 pm. Just freaking epic.

No Browns....all Rainbows......and some real pigs in there. I ended on a legimite 22”er. She took me three times into the backing.......that 80’s version Hardy LRH was just screaming . God.....I love that reel.

The pattern of choice this morning for all three of us was a Bead Head Sunken Trico Spinner tied on a short shank #20 scud hook.

A Guide once told me that for every fish you see up on top eating floating Trikes there are five to ten underneath chowing down on the drowned Trike Spinners. That advice has stood me in good stead over the years out here.

I can’t possibly tell you how many Rainbows we put in the boat between the three of us.......how many we broke off on 6X......and how many pulls we had without hooking up....... but it was a ####load. That much fun should be illegal.

We’re done on the Mighty MO as of tomorrow morning.......heading for a week on the Bighorn.

Will report in from Ft.Smith in a couple of days. Until then.....

Dave M

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 Post subject: Re: Trico Spinners
PostPosted: July 20th, 2018, 5:59 am 
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That report made my morning coffee taste even better. Glad to hear of your good times!


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 Post subject: Re: Trico Spinners
PostPosted: July 20th, 2018, 7:03 am 
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Sounds like life is pretty good out there. Always a great day when the fish are on the feed and you have what they want!! How's the weather?


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 Post subject: Re: Trico Spinners
PostPosted: July 20th, 2018, 8:05 am 
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Great report Dave. Is there a chance you could post a pic of your beadhead sunken Trike spinner pattern, or even just list the recipe?
Also any general advice on fishing Trico hatches on the surface?
Headed west next month and Tricos appear to be the main course.

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 Post subject: Re: Trico Spinners
PostPosted: July 20th, 2018, 9:04 am 
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No picture until I can get home, but these are butt simple to tie up.

Bead: 1 or 1.5 mm gold bead

Hook: Tiemco 2487 scud
Size: #20 (1XS)
Thread: white Bennecci 12/0
Tail: Whiting tailing fibers......tied very long (3xhook shank)
Body: Tying 5hread
Thorax: Black Superfine dubbing
Wing: White Z-Lon

Fish it dead drift through feeding Trico’s

I often fish these 18”under #22 Floating Trico Spinner fished on the surface.

Fish at least 6X......probably 7X on the surface. Very long tippets.......I like at least 36”......sometimes up to 4 feet.

This can be frustrating, but when done correctly it can be just epic.

Dave M


PS: The two guys with me didn’t have any, but luckily I had about two dozen in my Spinner box. A Buddy on the trip broke off as I was playing a trout.....so I had him take that box out of my vest. He said Wow......how many Spinners do you tie up, anyway? Luckily for us I had plenty for all of us, with plenty left over for this week.

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