Spinner Harnesses

Making your own spinner harnesses is extremely quick and easy. They require few tools and can be made virtually anywhere. I clearly understand why most walleye anglers today make their own spinner harness rigs.

Harnesses can be made on monofiliment line or nylon coated stainless steel wire. As a general rule walleye harnesses are made with monofiliment and pike harnesses are made with nylon coated stainless steel wire. Always use the lightest line practical to avoid spooking fish.

There is an endless number of spinner harness designs. Think about the many different styles of spinner blades, sizes, colours and finishes. Generally, that alone is enough to create confusion. So I will concentrate on the most popular types of harnesses. There are two main types of harnesses, the long spinner harness type (36" to 48" long) and short harness type (6" to 17" long). Each uses the same style of blades: Colorado, Indiana, and Willowleaf. Look over the section on spinner blades on pages 14 thru 17 and the chart below to help you decide which blades are best for your water conditions. Both harnesses and casting-harness anglers should follow the same general rule on blade choices.

Blade Size Chart Guide

Colorado

Indiana

Willow

Cold Clear Water

00,0,1

00,0,1

0,1,2

Cold Stained Water

2,3,3/

2,3,4

2,3

Warm Clear Water

1,2,3

1,2,3

1,2,3

Warm Stained Water 2.3.3^.4.5

3,4,5,6

3,3/,4,5

Blade Colour Chart Guide

Colorado

Indiana

Willow

Cold Clear Water

Nickel/Brass

Nickel/Brass

Nickel/Brass

Cold Stained Water

Red/Chart./Orange

Red/Chart./Orange

Red/Chart./Orange

Warm Clear Water

Nickel/Green/Blue

Nickel/Green/Blue

Nickel/Green/Blue

Warm Stained Water

Red/Chart./Orange

Red/Chart./Orange

Red/Chart./Orange

White is an excellent all around colour. Chart. is chartreuse.

White is an excellent all around colour. Chart. is chartreuse.

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