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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-11-2018, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Dressed or undressed and why...

I personally prefer and have only fished with undressed treble hooks for at least the last 25 years. However, in the last 2 weeks I've had several anglers ask me for dressed treble hooks. So, I whipped out the vice and made a few this morning. I still have some odds and ends to work on if I decide to make some with dressing, but what are your thoughts on dressings?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-11-2018, 03:08 PM
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I use only undressed hooks. I havenít used dressed hooks on spinners in a long time.

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From personal observation I've seen that trout will almost never hit a spinner if there is a little bit of algae (or aquatic weed) on the hook. If you are fishing a stream that has a good bit of algae, it won't take long for the dressing on the treble hook to get dirty and look and smell like algae. Therefore, I never use spinners with any dressing on the treble hook. I fish my spinners naked.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-11-2018, 08:40 PM
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Rooster tails used to work excellent for me at times. I think dressed hooked are pretty effective on stocked trout during the early season. Don't know how they work for wild fish however.
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Rooster tails used to work excellent for me at times. I think dressed hooked are pretty effective on stocked trout during the early season. Don't know how they work for wild fish however.
I used to use Roostertails a long time ago and agree they work better on stocked trout.
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I like my spinners just like my woman..... for obvious reasons.
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I play it by ear. Most of my stuff is undressed but there are a few that are. When they work they work and when they don't....well you get it.
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