Several years ago I met Gary Miralles of the Shasta Tackle Company and a great friendship quickly developed.
Gary's name is a prominent one among West Coast trout fishing aficionados.
is a life long trout angler that began designing lures during his
In 1988 Gary's hobby became his
That year he founded the Shasta Tackle Company and started manufacturing trout tackle on a full time basis.
These day's Gary's innovative gear holds a number of patents and he
has risen through the ranks to become one of the west's most respected trout and land locked salmon guides.
My interactions with Gary
have had a profound impact on the way I approach trolling.
I now view trolling as a systematic strategy that allows me to quickly gage the temperament and activity level of the trout.
heads out for a day on the water the first thing he
does is access what type of forage is available to the trout.
Color selection is one of the areas where Gary
and I disagree to some extent.
When it comes to imitating baitfish, Gary
is of the opinion that you should vary the color of your baitfish imitating lures based on depth and the color spectrum.
"When choosing lure colors consider the rainbow.
Red is the top color followed by orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple.
Near the top of the water column reds and oranges are highly visible.
As you descend in depth yellows and greens stand out well.
In deep water, blue and purple patterns are the most vivid colors," Gary
and I agree that this is best accomplished by using brightly colored highly visible lures.
Red, orange, chartreuse, hot pink and firetiger are colors that really shine for triggering reaction bites.
These same colors are good when dealing with stained murky water or when fishing during periods of low light.
One of the things that distinguishes Gary
from a lot of other trollers is that he
prefers to troll quickly, only slowing down when he
This philosophy is reflected in two of Gary's marquee lures, the Hum Dinger and the Cripplure and his
signature Sling Blade Dodgers that can be trolled at much higher speeds then traditional herring style dodgers.
has not been skunked for a long time, years in fact, and he
attributes this amazing accomplishment largely to the effectiveness of the Cripplure.
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A sound basic strategy when going out for a day on the water is to assume that the trout are actively feeding and begin covering various levels of the water column quickly with lures that work well at relatively high speeds.
This is when Gary
puts out a spread of Hum Dingers.
Some of them are fished naked while others are teamed with Sling Blades.
If the fish are in an active state they will let you know it in short order.
If you don't get hit while moving quickly don't get discouraged.
The trout are simply telling you that they aren't feeling too energetic.
Start slowing down gradually, until you begin getting some action.
When it's time to slow down, Gary
puts out a spread of Cripplures.
Generally you don't need to run Cripplures with dodgers to get hits, but if you want to pair them with a Sling Blade go for it.
If you find that you aren't getting much action out of the blade a lower speeds, take the blade and bend a slight curve in it by apply pressure up and down the back of the blade with your thumbs.
The more curve you put in the blade the more movement you'll get at low speeds.
When it's time to troll fast again, simply straighten the blade out and go to work!
offers an extensive line of lures, blades and accessories for landlocked salmon, trout, ocean salmon, halibut and more.
To check out Gary Miralles's
full line of innovative tackle visit the Shasta Tackle website at http://www.shastatackle.com.