How Tay Minnows Are Made
Floating Devon minnows are just as effective – sometimes more so – than Rapalas, Vision 110s and other fancy modern lures, and much better value. If you break the front bib off a Rapala, you might as well throw it away. Break a fin off a Devon minnow, and you can repair it easily and cheaply. Devons can last for decades!
Most of my Devon minnows are reclaimed and rejuvenated, then sent back out for a wee swim to try and catch even more salmon. Here are just a few of the stages in getting a minnow ready to meet Salmo salar.
This is a vintage wooden Devon minnow, in the condition I usually find them.
I'm always on the lookout for old and damaged minnows to revitalise, so if you have any that haven't seen light of day for a while, please let me know!
After the sandpaper has been out... body rubbed down and ready for painting.
Now I have got the undercoat and top coat on...
Two coats of varnish, new fins and eyes, and ready for a swim...