A spoon is a fishing lure that is made from a piece of spoon-shaped metal. In British Columbia, spoons are used to catch salmon, trout, char and steelhead.
Spoons come in different sizes. The most common sizes are 1/16oz, 1/8oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz, 1/2oz, 5/8oz, 3/4oz and 1oz. The size of your spoon used depends on your target species. For trout and char, 1/16oz and 1/8oz are ideal. For salmon and steelhead, 1/4oz or larger are best.
Spoons also come in different metal finishes and colours. Silver, nickle, copper and gold are the most common metal finishes. Colours are added to make them stand out more. When choosing the metal finish and colour of your spoon, pay attention to the water clarity and lighting.
A spoon can simply be casted and retrieved at a constant speed. This constant swim action often triggers a fish to chase it. In rivers, spoons can also be casted and drifted with the current. The fluttering action can often trigger a salmon or steelhead to bite because it resembles a small fish that would like to feed on their eggs.