No such defects will be found with the "darter." The amateur can play it with ease; in fact, you can just let it loose in running water, near or far, and it gayly swims along near the surface of its own free will from place to place, just like the natural minnow. When grabbed, the hook holds securely, is quickly released, and ready in a second to resume operations. Its natural attitude in the water, its effectiveness, is not interrupted for a moment by not spinning or working right. This same happy condition for the angler's comfort applies equally well to the different size "feather' and "terror" minnows, which, immediately they touch the water, work right, and continue to work right till grabbed by the fish.
After finding the two and three inch darters so effective for browns and rainbows, I concluded that the big five-inch silver shiner and gold chub, used for pike, muskellunge, and salmon, would be vastly improved if made on the same lines, having a powerful hook of large bend placed right under the middle of the body, and the upper part bare of feathery plumes; with a solid mass of shining silver underneath, and the upper part painted true to life. Both for trolling and casting some lead is required to keep them down, the weight depending on the rate of movement in the water. The "streamers" with hackle head and solid-silver body are made in three different colors, brown, gray, and pure white. They are an improvement on a pattern sent me to be made for a well-known Maine guide, whose patrons have used them with excellent results. They are made either with a strong single or double hook. As they are exceedingly light, they require some lead, the weight being dependent upon the rate they are trolled through the water. Lead is also required in casting if the distance cast is over thirty feet.