Salmo Hornets are a fantastic little fishing lure. I’ve used them for years and even have my own color that I painted and sent to Salmo. It’s a Rainbow Dace pattern and looks a lot like those rainbow minnows that we always used to dig for in the minnow bucket when trolling for walleyes with spinner rigs. I’ve pretty much left the live bait world primarily because I’ve had SO much luck with artificial lures. I tried various, good artificial fishing lures right next to standby live bait and I have come up consistently with this conclusion: If they are biting, they bite what is in the water, live or undead with the “undead” being a good plug. What puts good fishing lures way out in front of live bait are these factors: Weight, temperature sensitivity and bait mortality (it dies), cost ( it dies and you can’t reuse it), and drag. Dragging a minnow bucket around with you if paddling a canoe is a pain. When you run out of minnows, then you have an empty bucket to carry around – another pain. Finally, with all the invasive species issues and strict laws with expensive fines, having a baitwell in your boat can prove to be a risky and expensive venture.
A good lure doesn’t croak on you. It can be used over and over. When you pull it out of a fish’s lip, you can throw it back in the water and fish even faster. No re-baiting needed. This is particularly true with hardbodied lures like Salmo Hornets and Salmo Friskies. I’ve used both lures with great success on walleyes. For me, lugging around a minnow bucket of minnows gasping for air on the long portage, simply makes no sense.
In this video, I explain some fo the features of the two different Salmo Lures. If you are going to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness at Ely, MN, trolling Jasper lake at Northwind Lodge, or fishing with 9 rods hanging off the back of your fishing boat on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, you should be looking at these little gems from Salmo.
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