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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 26, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Dick Nite Spoons have been hooking local anglers for 80 years

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Here is a story by Seattle Times columnist Ron Judd on Dick Figgins the owner of popular Dick Nite Spoons.

Here is a peek into Dick Nite Spoons, and you can read more by clicking on the link above.

TOP SECRET LOCATION, Snohomish County — It’s not like Dick Figgins is anti-social. The guy is a talker, and he loves visitors. But safety is a consideration.

If Figgins disclosed to the entire world the precise location of the global headquarters of Dick Nite Spoons Inc., well, there’d surely be trouble.

Anglers desperate to find the “hot” lure of the day, sold out at their local tackle shop, would be knocking on his door at all hours, asking for a hookup.

And it would only be a matter of time before millions of sleuthy Puget Sound trout, salmon and steelhead would move upstream and home in on the mother lode of Dick Nite spoons, a Northwest fishing-lure standby since the 1930s.

“Fish have been seeing Dick Nite spoons in the waters around here for 80 years,” says Figgins, 55, his eyes flashing that fish-story glint. “They like them. When guys are out in the water, they open up their tackle boxes, the fish see the reflection of all those Dick Nites in their sunglasses — and swamp the boat.”

He will go on if you let him, telling you how UPS stopped shipping Dick Nites after repeated fish ambushes on bridges over local rivers. And of course he’s lying. But a kernel of truth is in there.

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The fact is (and the author speaks here from experience), the properly fished Dick Nite spoon, a diminutive brass lure sold in three sizes and 84 color combinations, truly will (sometimes) entice a trout, salmon, steelhead or other reluctant fish to strike when other methods fail.

The lure, which claims several world-record fish, has earned its reputation as a go-to standby — a rare lure that will attract a broad variety of fish species. That’s why you’ll see, on almost every online fishing chat board, at least one post ending with this sage advice: “If nothing else works, try a Dick Nite.”

(Photos by Mike Seigel, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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