Weighted Forward Spinners

Weight forward spinners are popular spinners for walleye on lake Erie and many other walleye lakes. The advantage with these spinners is that they are one of the best lures for suspended fish. They take many thousands of walleye, bass, pike and many other game fish each year. They also troll extremely well and don't twist line.

These spinners consist of a straight wire shaft (looped), a molded on lead head, a spinner blade (usually a French blade) several beads and a hook. You can mold your own heads or you may purchase the weight forward heads already molded. Some anglers prefer to paint the weighted lead head while others do not.

Weight Forward Components

Weight Forward Spinners
Assorted Beads Assorted Weight Forward Head Styles

There are several styles of weight forward spinner heads. It is soly a matter of angler preference. The purpose of the head is to act as a keeled weight. The most popular sizes are the 3/8oz. and 5/8oz. heads. There are several Do-It Molds available for molding your own heads.

Assembling Weight Forward Spinners

  1. First paint the weight forward spinner head if you desire a painted head. Then slide the spinner blade (usually a French blade) and clevise. Ensure the blade is facing the right direction.
  2. Next slide on the desired beads (colour and size). Use hollow metal or plastic beads so as not to unbalance the spinner.
  3. Using your round nose pliers follow these three simple steps to form a hook snap (safety pin snap). Use a hook snap style loop so you can easily change hooks.
  4. Using your round nose pliers follow these three simple steps to form a hook snap (safety pin snap). Use a hook snap style loop so you can easily change hooks.
Weight Forward Spinner Molds

Recommended Blade Sizes and Hooks

Look over the chart below to determine the best blade and hooks sizes.

Weight Forward Spinner Component Chart

Spinner

French

Indiana

Clevise

Bead

Hook

Hook*

Weight

Blade

Blade

Size

Size

Size

Style

3/8oz.

3

3

2

5mm

1/0 or 2/0

072 or 261

5/8oz.

3 or 4

4

2 or 3

6mm

2/0 or 3/0

072 or 261

* Eagle Claw Hooks - Style 072 has a longer shank than style 261.

There are many suitable hook styles including trebles. The major problem with trebles is they tend to snag up on bottom while a single hook is less likely to.

If you are molding your own weight forward heads use 0.030" lure making wire. Also look through the Real Pro's SportFishing catalogue for pre-molded heads.

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