Finally a nook

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Allright kinda a long story but i'll try and keep it short. So I got off work a little early today and decided i'd try and go pick up a steelie or two on the clack. I spent sunday doing my level best to tie up a spinner on my own that would actually catch some fish. I started twisting them up about 3 weeks ago but had yet to make something fish would actually hit. It's always been my dream to build a spinner and catch a fish on it but until I met Osmosis, Kodiak and Bill my spinner abilities were pretty bad. After my sucess with TCO's I kinda became obsessed with building one on my own( with a lot of help). Last week my gear got grabbed by 2 steelies and a few trout on but nothin but trout came to the bank. So I decided i'd sit down and build a sure fire winner last night. So back to the fishing. It was hot, I was sweating horribly and the fish just didn't seem to wan't to play this afternoon. After about 2 hours I finally got a break and a summer grabbed my
spinner. Midway through my usual " please don't come off, please don't come off" prayer I feel slack and reel up to find nothing there. Now i'm super pi***d and feel like my head was gonna explode:mad:, so I decided to change location and head to my honey hole and see if anyone wanted to play. On my third cast my spinner gets hit, and I think right on another steelie, oh how wrong I was. I wen't from thinkin I was gonna play around with a summer to literally brawling with a freight train. I had just hooked into a monster nate nook and he was ready to fight:D. It took over 45 minutes and over 20 full force runs but he finally came to the bank, just before my arm totally gave out. By my rough mesurments he was around 40 inches and weighted dang near 30lbs. This was my first nook to the bank this year and on my own spinner to boot:dance:. Btw check out that spinner, he totally wrecked it:lol:.
 
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Congrats man. too bad it had to be a native!!!
get real used to seeing spinners getting that bent up, when you get more than two fish between rebuilds you're on a winning streak. Gotta LOVE success on your own creations!

40 inches puts it around 20.64 lbs but chinook sure fight like they are trying to break your rod in comparison to steelhead that do a couple backflips and a few runs then pretty much come right in.
Gotta love a fish that gives you a workout.

Was it a TCO blade?
 
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D Y N O M I T E ! Nice work, on your own lure even. :clap: When can I place an order? I want a straight one though.
 
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YAAAA Sam!!!! Congrats brother. Beautiful Chromer there...Nice work.
 
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Holy smokes!!!! Nice job on that 'nook on your own lure!

Back when I was in highschool I used to tie up my own flies, talk about satisfaction when ya catch fish on something you made. I have been thinking about trying to twist up my own spinners.. hmmm might have to give it a shot.. :)
 
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Congrats man. too bad it had to be a native!!!
get real used to seeing spinners getting that bent up, when you get more than two fish between rebuilds you're on a winning streak. Gotta LOVE success on your own creations!

40 inches puts it around 20.64 lbs but chinook sure fight like they are trying to break your rod in comparison to steelhead that do a couple backflips and a few runs then pretty much come right in.
Gotta love a fish that gives you a workout.

Was it a TCO blade?

Ya your probably right, in my adrenaline fueled mine he was a lot bigger than 20lbs, but i'm not real great at guessing fish weight. It was awesome to actually bank a fish on my spinner. That blade was actually one i painted myself, i'll post a pic where you can see the blade.
 
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Nery Nice!!!..It's about time. Always fun to chuck your own stuff and come up money...Congats brotha!
 
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:lol: we'll go and hit that hole this weekend.

:shock::shock::shock: I want to come I want to come I want to come...... WAIT..... Car still broke!.... but if i get it fixed and ninja if you dont mind if i tag along lol and well you too sam:lol:

And the real reason i got on here is to say one hell of a job man!!! i just must really be bad luck for you or something lol at least you know now all your time and money you put into your own spinners wont go to wast.... ur going to tell me what hole you pick him up out of... looks like you and osmo will have to show me how to tie up some of my own too!! maybe next time we hit the sturgeon hole
 
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Congrats man. too bad it had to be a native!!!
get real used to seeing spinners getting that bent up, when you get more than two fish between rebuilds you're on a winning streak. Gotta LOVE success on your own creations!

40 inches puts it around 20.64 lbs but chinook sure fight like they are trying to break your rod in comparison to steelhead that do a couple backflips and a few runs then pretty much come right in.
Gotta love a fish that gives you a workout.

Was it a TCO blade?

Congrat's on a nice fish!

I don't know if I necessarily agree with your formula....lots of variables that affect the weight of spring chinook. The fish looks thick in the pic, if it is 40" or close to that, being that bright I would go with a little closer to 30 lbs.

A 38" 25-1/4 lb springer.
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41", 28 lb springer
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metalmania

Thank you all for the kind words. I think this fish will keep me up at night for quite some time, dreaming of catching another like him. This was more of a team effort then all on my own. Hey kodiak that spinner looks kinda familiar don't it:lol:. I tried making them from bullet weight bodies but BC rarely has any 1/3oz bodies since Osmo always gets them before me, so I wen't with a stacked body style. I tried a lot of different patterns, and finally got close with 3 painted circles that get smaller from the bottom of the blade to the top. That pattern kinda worked so I switched to the arrow shaped pattern and they wen't for it.
 
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My chart is actual scale weights (food service digital scale, that is truly zero'd, not just some cheesy spring scale or even worse a bathroom scale.) from specifically clackamas fish. I've caught and recorded more than enough fish to have a rational graph on this.

Metalmania landed one hell of a fish, especially for a clackamas chinook. I havent seen any others that large out of the clack this year at all.

you are right there are plenty of variables. but a 38 chinook like the one in your upper pic will weigh in the 19.61 range more often than not. Especially a skinny one like that.

Sorry for the hijack on your thread MM. I use more 1/8 bullets than 1/3. the 1/8th plus the bearing bead and the 4mm brass bead is perfect for a #4.
 
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