This year, trout fanatics and light weight aficionados will have a serious ally in the feather weight realm of fishing: the Gamera HW. The smallest minnow of the Gunki has been in the gym and is now heavy enough to go and get those trout even in the deepest corner!
Much needed in the range, the Gamera HW has been designed to be able to withstand the fastest flowing streams and fish the deepest rivers. The streamlined silhouette, low centre of gravity and perfectly angled bill convey optimal stability to the lure. The swimming action is crisp and fast with an impressive rolling. On the descent, it wobbles from side to side almost calling to be eaten! If you twitch it, the lure will produce an enticing erratic swimming action.
The Gamera HW is available in 2 sizes: 50 and 63mm weighing in respectively at 3.5 and 6.4g. These lures will enable you to cover most of the situations you will meet when fishing for trout. While the Gamera 63 HW is a bigger mouthful, ideal for larger bodies of water, don’t forget to try it when fishing smaller streams because some days those extra centimetres are just what it takes to catch that brown beauty.
There are 6 colours in the range, from front to rear: Impact Brown Trout, Stripe Gold, Silver Head, Snow Chart, Rainbow Trout GB & Copper Trout. This range will cover all the conditions you will meet, and to help you chose, stay tuned as I have written an article purely on how to choose that winning colour!
How to use them:
Cast the lure downstream towards the opposite bank and retrieve. The lure will position itself parallel to the current and under its pressure will evolve in a semicircle trajectory before reaching the bank where you’re standing. Punctuate the retrieve by multiple little twitches to create that killer erratic action. This is the basis; it is simple and works in most situations. The key is the angle of the cast: the stronger the current the more you will need to open that angle. By doing this you reduce the pressure on the lure and line thus enabling you to fish slower. By varying the angle of cast and by using the current, you can fish with the same lure at different speeds and at greater or shallower depths.
This is a more aggressive style of fishing which produces a maximal amount of stimulus and often results in hyper violent attacks! Cast, let the lure sink, jerk the rod upwards, let the lure sink, jerk the rod upwards… The rods’ action makes the lure “vibrate” and flash like mad on the rise and wobble on the fall; irresistible for a moody trout! Let it fall freely so that the lure is not retrained by the tension of your line. To achieve this presentation, keep the tip of your rod pointing upwards. Most of the time you can fish like this by casting ¾ downstream but, as the water warms up, casting upstream.
The “big loop” :
The trick is to let the current create a loop in your line once you have cast towards the opposite bank. When you tighten your line (by closing the pick-up of the reel), the line is swept away by the current and so is your lure. Your lure will cross the river, slower and more naturally than if you where manually retrieving it. As the loop “opens” itself in the current, the lure will progressively accelerate until it’s parallel to the bank where it will suddenly stop and that is just like asking to be hit by a trout!
So next time you’re fishing for trout, cast a Gunki Gamera HW and get ready to catch one!
David Pierron, Fishing Guide in the Est of France