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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-03-2016, 06:39 AM Thread Starter
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Name of attractor for Fly fishing.

My friends returned from fishing Rainbows in Alaska.
On the leader above the fly they had a small fan like thing that gives off vibration from its rotating blades.
What is the name of this device ??
Thinking to try it over here for stubborn Atlantic Salmon.
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Was the fan thing like a two-bladed propeller? Are you familiar with Pistol Pete flies?
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Could it have been a Spin and Glow? This a small-bodied winged lure that is produced by the Yakima Bait Company. It is usually strung on the leader above a bait hook and is widely used by salmon and steelhead bait fishermen in the Pacific Northwest.
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Surprised this set up would be legal for Atlantics, check your local regs
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Yes it is the two blade propellor type thing. Never seen Pistol Pete flies, but will have a look online.
Im sure this may work for stubborn fish in residential lies.

the vibration will cause a similar effect as the whiskers on francis flies.

Is their a name for this device ?
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It's the modern take on the vintage Hardy "Aero" fly accessory - which was a tiny metal two-bladed propeller type device in Hardy's 'Aero' flies.

The modern take is called the 'Gazelle', and is advertised in the UK by 'Flyman UK' on his webpages.



I'm fairly sure that you would be able to get an able engineer to make you a metal punch of the right shape & size, and you could have these made out of copper or brass sheet for pennies.

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If the hook rate goes up it'll be offset by terrible casting characteristics. Watch your six… they can come in low .
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They work for steelhead. They will eat it or run back to the ocean, nothing in between. LOL


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My friends returned from fishing Rainbows in Alaska.
On the leader above the fly they had a small fan like thing that gives off vibration from its rotating blades.
What is the name of this device ??
Thinking to try it over here for stubborn Atlantic Salmon.
Do you mean the Propeller Style Spinner Blades from Cabelas?
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I've used them as a vibrating attractor befor my pike streamers and the work.

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Pretty sure they are called cheating! LOL
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Cheating?

75% of guides in all trout states in America fish worms followed by an egg...How is a simple propeller riding above a fly on a floating line cheating.

I wonder if it was one of these Pro Sportfisher Propellers? They are designed well, spin like crazy, will not tear up leader, will not twist leader. Just need to sit the propeller slightly above the fly with a nail knot or else the propellers have a tendency to suck materials forward from the fly and jam. Different distances for different types of flies are necessary...large flowing materials on an Intruder type fly need the propeller a bit further up the leader.

They come in 3 sizes and lots of different colors. Good for off-color water for sure and might temp difficult fish. The fat injection molded end is closest to the eye of the fly...orientation does need to be addressed for them to work properly.

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Here is a sample of some "aero" flies that Speyducer referenced, I have heard they were difficult to cast due trying to pull them out of the water. There were made by Hardy I believe for Salmon in large rivers in Norway.

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