I fell in love with the Spoonfly the first time I held one. It also helped a bit that the first cast I made with a Spoonfly hooked a fish. The Spoonfly is an epoxy creation of Capt. Jim Dupre (352-371-6153), a Gainesville, Florida, fishing guide who, with his father A.J., spent countless hours testing and perfecting a fly-rod lure that had the same fish-attracting action as the venerable Johnson Weedless Minnow. They succeeded by producing a smaller, thumb-size fly version of the Johnson lure that every inshore saltwater angler worth his skiff owns.
The Spoonfly is made of flashy Mylar covered and sealed with clear epoxy on a long-shank 2/0 Mustad. The fly is then adorned with a bit of colored hackle and a wire weed guard. The fly is only available in one size, but colors are almost limitless. Standard hues include gold, silver, copper, burnt orange, silver prismatic, pink-and-black and black prismatic. Dupre can make custom colors if necessary.
What makes the Spoonfly so unique and such a fish-catcher are the same things that make the Johnson Weedless Minnow a hit for bait-casters and spin fishermen. The Spoonfly is about as weedless as the Johnson lure. It retrieves through pencil reeds, spartina grass, over rocks, oysters and through brush as well as any weedless lure. Yet it has good fish-hooking capabilities. Best of all, redfish love it. It has a unique wobbling action when retrieved that's identical to a Johnson wobbling spoon. It flashes and dances so well that it's easy to spot even 100 feet out in thick grass and cattails.
Du're won't divulge exactly how he molds epoxy into just the right shape to produce a replica wobble of the Johnson spoon. He will say, however, 't wasn't easy to develop. If the precise concave shape isn't made, the spoon will plane to the surface during the retrieve rather than wobble. On the inshore saltwater scene the Spoonfly has few peers. It's death on redfish, with gold and silver models remarkably effec'ive. I've also caught flounder, ladyfish, bluefish, jacks, Spanish mackerel and snook on Spoonflies. And I'd bet striped bass and salmon would go bonkers for 'em too.