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  • Yakima Bait Company

Six Iconic Rooster Tail® Spinners

By Mark Romanack

Arguably the most popular artificial lure of all time, the Yakima Bait Rooster Tail Spinner has been catching fish for generations. The Rooster Tail in-line spinner comes in six different versions, dozens of different sizes and literally hundreds of different color options. It’s safe to say that no matter what species of fish an angler is interested in catching, there is a Rooster Tail Spinner perfect for the job.


The original Rooster Tail is the in-line spinner design all other spinners are compared to. The modified willow leaf blade design makes this spinner perfect for both trolling and casting applications. Dressed with a hand-tied pulsating hackle, no tackle box is complete without an assortment of original Rooster Tail Spinners.

Available in 10 sizes and hundreds of color patterns, the Rooster Tail is the original multi-species spinner. Offered in both single hook and treble hook designs, the smaller models are ideal for stream trout and panfish applications while the larger sizes work great for steelhead, bass, northern pike, brown trout and musky fishing.


The Joe Thomas Rooster Tail is similar to the original Rooster Tail with some beefed up features that make it the ideal in-line spinner for targeting smallmouth and largemouth bass. Used commonly in place of traditional spinnerbaits, this unique spinner comes in 1/2 and 3/4 ounce sizes perfect for buzzing over the top of weed flats or slow rolling near bottom structure.

The JT Rooster Tail comes in eight color options picked by legendary bass fisherman Joe Thomas to tackle clear, stained and dirty water conditions. When the traditional spinnerbait bite goes sour, tie on a Joe Thomas Rooster Tail and get back in the game of catching bass.


The Rooster Tail Minnow incorporates the iconic Rooster Tail modified willow blade and hand-tied hackle with a realistic fish shaped body. Perfect for casting applications, the Rooster Tail Minnow is available in 1/16, 1/18, 1/6 and 1/4 ounce versions. Choose from 15 fish catching colors perfect for trout and panfish.


The Supper Rooster Tail is a Rooster Tail perfect for finesse bass fishing applications! The iconic Rooster Tail modified willow blade is incorporated into a finesse style spinnerbait that features a double hook and hand-tied pulsating hackle. The Super Rooster Tail comes in 15 fish catching colors and three sizes including a 1/8, 1/6 and 1/4 ounce version that are perfect for shallow water casting applications that require fishing in cover. The double hook design fishes clean through grass, wood and other submerged cover.

The perfect choice for clear and shallow water fishing conditions, the Super Rooster Tail is deadly effective on both smallmouth and largemouth bass.


The Sonic Rooster Tail incorporates a French style blade, brass body and hand-tied pulsating hackle into a classic in-line spinner design. Available in 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 ounce sizes and 20 different fish catching colors, the Sonic Rooster Tail is a true multi-species spinner ideal for a host of casting applications.


The Vibric Rooster Tail features a wire shaft that passes through the blade, creating a blade that will rotate sending out flash and vibration at the slowest possible retrieve or trolling speeds. The off set body design of the Vibric Rooster Tail does an excellent job of eliminating line twist problems and helps this lure cast like a bullet.

Available in 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 ounce sizes, anglers can choose from models that feature a hand-tied pulsating hackle or models with an undressed treble hook. The smaller sizes of the Vibric Rooster Tail are perfect for stream trout and panfish, while the larger sizes produce consistent results on steelhead, salmon, brown trout, bass and northern pike.


The Rooster Tail family of in-line spinners are designed to catch all species. North, south, east or west, the Yakima Bait Rooster Tail Spinner has something for every angler and every angling situation.


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