After more than 60 years experience of angling, my favourite spinning baits are devon minnows, metal or wooden.
They hook better and very few fish are lost using them.
My favourite colours are brown and gold and yellow bellys, 2 – .5” in early season are very effective.
Flying C`s 18gm for the spring, black and silver, red and silver, yellow and gold.
For warmer water black and silver still, copper and black, red and silver, yellow and gold.
Toby spoons, preferably 18gm silver for spring and zebra, when the water warms, gold or copper tobys work well, unfortunately this lure looses a few fish due to the long hard body making it a more difficult bait for the fish to take. Toby`s should sometimes be bent slightly more than they come as to make their action more appealing to the target.
Make sure your clutch is set properly on both fixed and multiplier reels, the drag should not be too severe but tight enough so that when the fish pulls the clutch will slip a little but will still set the hook properly. If you get a pull particularly in mid stream do NOT lift the rod immediately, wait for the fish to pull on the clutch as well as the rod before you lift in to it.
Many fish are lost by people reacting to the first tug, patience should be shown and your catch ratio will improve.
Do not try to cast for a mile down or up stream, cast straight across the river then alternate the winding between fast and slow, as a a turning bait will be far more effective than a straight or hanging lure.
Next time, some advice on fly fishing.