is fishing with any artificial lure other than an artificial fly.
The lure or spinner is usually designed to represent a small fish.
Spinning has an important part to play in many
fisheries around the country. Spinners are the most popular lure
when trolling on lakes or on rivers.
The equipment used is different as the spinning
lures are heavier than an artificial fly and are cast with a threadline
rod and reel.
Some anglers employ a combination of spin fishing
and fly by using a bubble float where a fly is tied below the float
and allowed to drift downstream.
When spin fishing or spinning, the lure the angler
casts carries the weight which pulls the line out from the reel.
Because it does not require a back cast, spinning is much better
suited to fishing in very confined spaces where vegetation closes
in on the banks of the river. It is also much less subject to the
wind and is generally an easier technique to use and so often
favoured by younger anglers.
There are many waters around New Zealand where
spinning is not permitted. Several major rivers are designated flyfishing
only and there is often a restriction on spin fishing where a river
enters a major lake.
Also, in many regions only a single hook is legal
so be careful to check the relevant regulations before using.
To see more about spin fishing download the free Fish and Game pamphlet