One more topic / question. How do you handle deep pools in the fast waters? Any specific spoons / spinners good for these. You would need some weight on the lures so that they go down fast.
Well if you are fishing deep pools that are fast flowing or even fishing fast deep rapids with spoons (i assume we are talking masheer here), well i have found that the angling shop "Karmakar" opposeite Shealda station in Kolkata makes some great 3" and 5" silver spoons with the fish scale design on them.
A picture of this spoon is available in Rod in India or Circumventing the Masheer (will check and get back). They are called Myitkyana spoons and were used in Burma for big masheer.
These spoons are rather heavy and need to be refitted with extra strong trebles as the trebles that they come with, crumble when they hit a rock in the water.
The first time i hit a big fish with one of these spoons was just below Kengal on the Kaveri, in one of the biggest rapids in the area. The spoon came back to me with just the shank of the treble. All 3 hooks missing.
I have since refitted them with extra strong hooks and swivels by brazing them on.
The method of spinning with these spoons is well described in those wonderful books.
By the way, i was given some spinners that look more like torture instruments (pictures of which are shown in the above mentioned books), by an aging angler, but have not used them till date.
Thomas in Rod in India firmly believed that a dead fish properly mounted on one of these jigs and spun in the water, makes one of the most effective baits for masheer, and is the only way to catch masheer in coloured water conditions. I remember one of these spinners as being called the "Coxon Spinner".
We sometimes get so used to tried and tested methods, that we sometimes neglect to try out different approaches which could produce even better results.
I must take this stuff out to the river and try it out myself and post the results.