When conditions dictate, fishing for salmon with a lure can be very productive. Popular types include spoons, Abu Garcia Tobies, Flying C, Kynoch Killers, Rapalas, even heavier Droppen and Mepps can be effective. However, one of the most effective and productive lures which has stood the test of time is the Devon Minnow.
The 'Devon,' as it's affectionately known, has an impressive track record and can be extremely effective throughout the season, yet a lot of anglers favour the modern spoons and Vision Onetens as their weapon of choice when spinning from the bank or boat. Devons have taken many salmon over years and were once the 'go-to' lure for many anglers fishing the Tay, Dee, Spey, Don and Ness to name but a few.
|Megabass Vision Oneten|
|Reuben Heaton Sinking Devon Minnow|
|Savage Gear Ball Bearing Swivel|
|Alcock Wooden Devon Minnow - Floating|
|Alcock Devon Minnows - Metal|
|Stillwater Bouning Betty|
So with the salmon fishing season upon us, it's worth considering and resurrecting the humble devon minnow. Granted, there are a plethora of amazing lures out there, for example, the Vision Oneten, Rapala, and Tobie etc, but sometimes the traditional methods that have stood the test of time can be the most effective, and of course, satisfying.