Blade Types and Their Uses

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Colorado Blade

The Colorado blade is one of the most popular blades. Designed by John J. Hilderbrant, in 1899, it has been catching fish, for almost 100 years. Due to the Colorado blades being almost round in shape it has a large amount of water resistance and a rotation angle around the spinner shaft at about 50 degrees. Use the Colorado blade for slow retrieve situations and light currents.

It is a popular blade for walleye spinner harnesses, spinnerbaits, Colorado spinners, weighted spinners and of course the popular unweighted baitholder spinners.

Colorado blades are ideal when you require a spinnerbait that will buzz the surface on a slow retrieve and for free falling (helecoptering) spinnerbaits on short arms.

Deep Cut Colorado Blade

This blade is very similar to the Colorado blade in shape. It is almost round in shape except it has a deep cut on the bottom of the blade. This deep cut enables the blade to spin at very very slow retrieves.

Use the deep cut Colorado Blade for extremely slow rolling spinnerbaits and walleye harnesses when you will drift or backtroll very slowly and require the blade to spin. Don't forget to use them on bass when the water is cool in the late fall.

Indiana Blade

The Indiana blade is slightly more narrow than the Colorado blade and has a rotation angle of about 40 degrees. It is used on all lures that the Colorado blade is used on. Use for situations where a slow to medium retrieve is required.

Due to the blade being slightly more narrow than the Colorado blade, it is very popular in current situations. The flash given from this blade is greater than with the Colorado blade.

Indiana Blade

The Indiana Blade is great for walleye harnesses and spinnerbaits where more flash and less vibration is required.


The willowleafblade is a very long narrow blade. It spins very close to the shaft and has an angle of rotation of about 20 degrees. The blade spins very fast and tight to the shaft so it is ideal for quick retrieves and swift currents on weighted spinners. Due to the tight spin, it gives a lot of flash. It's most popular use is on spinnerbaits, lake trolls and extra large bucktail spinners for big pike and musky.

Use the willowleaf when speed and flash are needed. It will allow you to get deeper than any other blade on quick retreives because there is minimal lift from this blade. The willowleafblade will maximize flash because of the tight angle of rotation.

The willowleaf is fantastic on spinnerbaits when fishing weedlines because this long slender blade seldom gets hung up on grass, weeds or brush.

When the game fish are feeding on minnows use a willowleaf blade to imitate the flash of the shinny bait fish.

French Blade

The French blade was developed in France over fifty years ago. Since then it has been most commonly referred to as the French blade. It is used many of popular weighted spinners. The French blade is used on more trout spinners than any other blade. This blade's angle of rotation is about 40 degrees. The idea is the recessed domed blade creates a fish-calling sonic effect. This blade is a medium depth running blade and is good for still to slow moving currents.


The French blade is generally use on weighted trout spinners in sizes 0 to 3. It is also very popular with pike and musky anglers in the larger sizes on bucktail spinners. Although not very popular on spinnerbaits it does work extremely well for bass and pike when rigged on spinnerbaits.

Swing and Ripple Blades

The swing and ripple blades are both transplants from Europe. They are used on many very popular spinners. It is quite similar to the willowleaf blade except that they are more rounded on the ends. One brand alone sells over 7 million spinners annually. Both blades have an angle of rotation of about 20 degrees. They are good for quick

retrieves and swift currents. Little lift is created by these blades so they will run deep with properly weighted bodies. The ripple blade is different in that it will reflect light in all directions because of the unique bends in the blade.

Sonic In-Line Blade & Pro Sonic In-Line Blade

The Sonic In-Line blade, originally from Italy, is a uniquely //II § |j\\\ designed blade. It is the one of the few self clevising blades. The / III //In in-line blade does not require a devise to attach to the spinner [ l\\Vw/y/I shaft. The Sonic in-line blade has a direct to shaft rotation giving I \V/J this blade the ultimate in spinner vibration. It spins extremely fast \ \\ /J i around the shaft which produces a lot of flash. The sonic in-line \ /

blade is the standard blade found on the popular Italian spinner \ /

while the pro sonic in-line blade is a redesigned version of the original.

The pro in-line blade has a ridge somewhat similar to the French blade. Is stamped out of a heavier gauge 0.025" and creates a louder more fish attracting vibration. It is not available in as many sizes as the more popular traditional sonic in-line blade.

The in-line blades are popular on weighted spinners for trout in smaller sizes and bass, pike and musky in the larger monster sizes.

Fluted Blade

The fluted blade is a much sought after blade in the bass, pike and musky angler community. Many musky and pike spinner manufacturers use this exact blade in the manufacture of their oversized pike and musky bucktail spinners. This is the largest blade we sell and boy do we sell a lot of them. It's design is similar to an Indiana blade that has been somewhat longated with diagonal ripples down the back half of the blade.

The ripples create extra flash and vibration. The angle of rotation is about 37 degrees and it creates a lot of lift because of its large size.

The ripple effect creates a different sort of turbulence and a lot more resistance in the water. This is definitely the blade for big bass, pike and musky. I don't think there is a single musky hunter out there who does not have a dozen or so big fluted musky spinners ready at all times.

June Bug Blade

The June bug blade is considered by many as an old timers blade. Originally used as a bait hook spinner (unweighted spinner with a removable hook locked in place with a coil spring or hook snap wire shaft). The angle of rotation is derived from an adjustable | arm attachment which come from the centre of the blade to the j shaft. The shaft passes through a hole in the from of the bade and ' then the arm attachment (no clevise is used), the adjustment of the arm determines the angle of rotation. The major advantage of this blade is it can be retrieved at any speed and will always spin at the correct angle.

Propeller Blade

Propeller blades are amazing little blades. They are generally available in two styles, pointed and round and in several sizes.

Every angler should have a few ready to put to use. Propeller blades will spin rapidly at the slightest movement. Excellent for use on crawler harnesses, various spinners, and both surface and underwater plugs.

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    How to use indianablade?
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