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There are situations where traditional lures fail to succeed.  There are seasons, when our prey switches to food which is very difficult to imitate using artificial spinning lure. Finally, there are species, which are picky by their nature. A ready scenario for fishing failure? Nothing like that. This is an ideal place for a special mission lure. This is a situation in which the smallest member of Salmo family – Tiny – will succeed.


Do not let be deceived by a small size. In this small, 3 cm long body some great strength is hidden, which, since its introduction to mass production in 2004, has let to outwit many extraordinarily smart specimens.  At first glance it is a traditional lure – just a mini version. As it often happens, though, small details decide about its attractiveness. When we get to know the secrets of this lure, we achieve a very effective tool for catching not only traditional predators, but also the fish, which were beyond our reach before. It is produced in two versions – swimming and sinking, and in 9 colour options.

To fish with Tiny -


some finesse is essential. The sinking version weights 2.5 g, and the swimming one is half a gram lighter. As you may guess, comfortable fishing would require using light rods. Here, the first and enormous advantage of Tiny appears. Despite relatively small mass, it is well centered and, as a result, gives the lure good flying properties. When using thin line and a rod equipped with a delicate tip, one can cast with such a light lure on a dozen or several dozen meters, which lets to put the lure in a place of choice. Keep in mind that fish hunting for insects patrol surface parts of water which makes us very visible. A relatively long cast enabled by Tiny, can turn out to be essential. It is good to remember about a rule of thumb that the thinner the line, the longer the cast is.

It is good to have a common sense, because a small lure does not mean a small fish. In the summer both small rudds and several kilo weighing chubs or trouts feed on insects. So, the type of a fishery and predicted size of fish  that we are fishing for should determine the thickness of a line. If there is no obstacles like floating plants, lying trees or river-side shrubs then, with a well regulated brake of a small reel, a line of 0.14 diameter and 2-3 kg strength is suitable. If we are fishing in an overgrown river, though, which is full of underwater obstacles (tree trunks, branches, stones), and in addition to that we have be prapared for a take of a vigorously fighting specimen, it is worth to give up several meters of the cast at the expense of reeling in a definitely thicker line- 0.18- 0.20 (3-4) kg. In case of this lure, even a thin braid line can prove to be unsuccessful. We attach the line to the lure by using the smallest snap avaible, or some small split ring.

Using a thicker line, it is good to remember about adjusting the size and strenght of trebles. Change of size of a small trebles when keeping the obvious proportion will not significantly influence lure’s performance. I also encourage to experiment. Often, when I spot, that fish attack the lure from beneath, I do not attach the back treble at all, just leaving one bigger one on the belly. This decreases the number of entanglements and increases effectivity of the strike. You may also find your own way of successful „armament”.

Summer delicacies


There comes the time, when many species fully change their diet to the one composed of insects or fry. After a long and harsh winter, when every movement was calculated taking into account energy loss, after long expected spring, when winter losses had to be rebuilt with large and fulfilling bits, there comes a warm summer, when one can afford feasting on delicacies. Not a suprise that typical predators such as trouts instead of chasing other fish consequently prefer to skim the flies from the water surface, mayflies, may bugs and beetles, or overeat with spring fry, what has been perfectly mirrored in the colour range of Tiny’s available models. It is good to remember, that many ther fish feed just the same way. Perches, chubs, ides,bass, rudds,  roaches and daces. You haven’t tried to fish for some of these on spinning? The best time to start is now.

By the surface


If we notice increased activity of fish by the water surface, their splashes, characteristic circles any other signs of surface feeding, left after collecting food from the water surface, this is a visible sign to begin adventure with Tiny. Small lip causes a regular, wiggling tail action, diving it into small depth. In case of swimming version that will be, dependable on the pace, leading it a dozen to 30 cm under water surface altogether, and a sinking version should be easy to dive up to half of meter under water. Of course, we can fish with Tiny just above the bottom. To do this, we have to use additional load and, with a triple barrel place it half a meter before the lure. Nevertheless, the lure shows the array of its possibilities just by the surface, so fishing on lower parts of water should be left to other lures. Just as in case of trolling. Releasing a lure on long and thin line we will wait till the catch, but a typical casting is definitely much more spectacular.

So, as you may suppose, we are going to be looking for shallow fisheries, rarely exceeding the depth of 1 m. In the lakes these are the waterside littoral zones, areas of reed, free water surfaces between groupings of water lily leaves, as well as water sides shaded by drooping boughs of waterside trees and shrubs. In case of rivers and streams, the matter is less clear, because fish can be found at any width of the riverbed. It does not mean that it is advisable to start with any type of shallow areas, overhangs of grass and tree branches, overflows above underwater obstacles, corridors formed among underwater plants. After all, it is likely that fish themselves will tell us the place of their prey. All you need is a moment of focus and patient observation of water, to spot the places where our prey feeds or hides. Do not underestimate shallow spots, as just in the summer even a several-kilo fish can occupy the stands, where a backfin is hardly hidden under water surface.

Both in lakes and rivers, we fish with Tiny in a traditional way. After casting, with a variable pace, we retrieve the lure back in our direction. There is a number of tricks, though, which should be kept in mind. Most frequently, we will be imitating a sinking and fighting for life insect. We have to be fully focused already at the moment of cast, because it happens very frequently, that the take happens when the lure touches the water. Using the swimming model, it is good to pause line retrieve and let the lure swim to the surface. The moment when the lure sticks out of the water, and the characteristic circles appear on the calm water surface, may be very attractive for the fish. We retrieve the lure along the current, or across, similar as naturally swimmimg food. Fishing in a strong river current, or in a stream, we can pause line retrieve and let the lure work at the place, just varying its action with delicate movements of the tip of the rod. This trick proves to be effective on stony reefs and overflows, where an undecided fish will not be able to resist such a provocation. Fishing against the current should be paused letting the lure move back a several dozens of centimeters. At least, what an insect is strong enough to continuously swim against the current. It is also advisable to swim the lure under obstacles of any type such as: weed overhangs, tree branches hanging just over the water surface, or tree boughs. Even quite a big fish like to hide, and frequently feed in their shade.

Sight fishing


This is my favourite method, but I warn you, it may be dangerous. Dangerous – because it is fully engaging. I use it in fishing for chubs, ides, rudds and trouts, and Tiny is excellent for that. It combines hunting magic of chasing, prowling and masking with most spectacular takes. Imagine a picture of a beautiful, golden-scaled chub, majestically fanning the water with its tail, in the  rhythm of rocking plait of underwater plants. We sneak on our knees to avoid a smallest grass movement scaring him away, we make a careful cast and our small, insect-like ‘candy’ lands half a meter from the chub. The chub turns slowly, stands in the current to make the approaching delicacy almost freely swim into his calmly opened mouth. The mouth is closed, and in the circles spreading out we can see no mark of Tiny. We cstrike at the part of a second, and a hooked fish finishes the take with a geyser of water. Can there be anything more beautiful?

Sometimes no retrieve of the lure is needed. It is enough to let it swim freely, controlling and pulling the free line only.  This is something like fly-fishing but on crank. If fish ignore the freely swimming bit, it is good to move it. After a number of takes we will know what is the most successful type of presentation on the day. Especially in large rivers, an exceptionally effective way of presentation is based on such placing the crank, to make its action just slide on the water surface. We can achieve this in two ways. One is by keeping the tip of the rod very high, and slow retrieval of the lure to avoid it to dive under the water surface. It requires a lot of practice, though. Tiny has a very ductile lip, enabling the change of its positioning angle. All you need to do is to pull the lip downwards using your thumb or pliers, so as it forms righ angle to its longer axis. This slight modification will make the lure undivable thanks to the water resistance.This way, we can adjust the depth of action to the most desired in a given conditions. Doing it suitably carefully, we will avoid breaking of the lip.

Tiny is an universal lure because of its size. According to the rule that a small one will be eaten by everything, the list of all species caught all over the world is endless. Even the fish which are usually not associated with artificial lures let themselves be chated by this tiny one. Remember, though, that despite small size, it can attract real specimen. Most of all, it often is the last resort when picky, sluggish, summer predators ignore traditional lures.


Mateusz Baran



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