Trolling Spinners for Salmon


Over the years more and more anglers are catching on to the effectiveness of using inline spinners when trolling for salmon. Unlike the cast and retrieve style spinners used by bank anglers for centuries trolling spinners require the use of weight or a diver to get the spinner down to the desired depth. They’re also designed to work effectively when trailed behind a flasher. This requires a lighter spinner with a spinner blade the rotates consistently at slow or varying speeds. Among the most effective blades for exactly that, are the Colorado blade and the Cascade blade which is what we at Stone Cold Beads use on our Dirty Troll and Dirty Troll Elite lines of Trolling Spinners.


Trolling spinners for salmon is not only very effective it’s actually much simpler to do than you might think. The example riggings below are among the most basic setups that even someone new to trolling spinners can tie up fairly easy. The rigging consists of a three-way swivel with a lead dropper and fair amount of leader with a spinner attached to it.



Example of a basic trolling spinner setup for our Dirty Troll Elite

Another somewhat more advanced setup is trolling spinners behind a flasher. This is achieved by either adding a flasher to the basic rig above or running a downrigger with a 10lb-15lb rigger ball with the fishing line attached to a release clip with flasher and trolling spinner trailing behind.


Example setup using a diver and flasher with SCB spinner

Another common salmon trolling set up that incorporates a diver in front of a flasher and a trolling spinner trailing behind is also very effective for catching salmon and steelhead or trout.

Example setup for our Colorado blade Dirty Troll SCB spinners


Other tactics used when trolling spinners is the application of bait or scent and can assist significantly in improving your hookup ratios. Another element that is generally not mentioned in regards to trolling in varying speed based on the species you are targeting. For example, when fishing for chinook trolling at slow speeds tends to produce the best results. In contrast when targeting coho speed your troll up and you’ll find that your hookups with coho will become more frequent.


These are just a few effective trolling setups that can be applied when fishing Dirty Troll spinners. Next time you hit the water we recommend you give one a try.











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