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Spinnerbaits : Indiana Blade Size ?


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I run mostly 3/8th oz. and 1/2 oz. dual willow leaf spinnerbaits or tandem (front small Colorado ; larger Willow Leaf in the rear) in clear to slightly stained water for added flexibility when I need slightly more "thump" than a Willow Leaf blade can provide ... For the rear , larger blade I'm thinking that a size #4 thru size #6 Indiana would be about the right size for 3/8th oz. and 1/2 oz.  spinnerbait weights with a smaller willow Leaf or Colorado blade up front .  *Key thing for me is I don't want to go too large in the rear Indiana blade size and have the spinnerbait roll on me . What size Indiana spinnerbait blades do you run based on above requirements ? Thanks in advance ! 

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15 minutes ago, Deleted account said:

#5

Thanks - I thought the #5 size Indiana might be a good place to start ... On a tandem Booyah they run a #6 rear Indiana on a 3/8th oz.  and on the 1/2 oz. they run a #7 rear Indiana ... That seemed a bit large !

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14 minutes ago, ChrisD46 said:

Thanks - I thought the #5 size Indiana might be a good place to start ... On a tandem Booyah they run a #6 rear Indiana on a 3/8th oz.  and on the 1/2 oz. they run a #7 rear Indiana ... That seemed a bit large !

Yeah, there certainly is a place and time for a #6, but a #5 is a more versatile blade, I like a small Colorado in front of it. Also, some blades vary in size and cupping, even though they may be labeled and sold as a particular size. 

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Also look at the blade combination used in the Booyah Covert double Indiana because for whatever reason that’s an awesome spinnerbait for me. #3 in front, #4 rear with a 3/8oz head

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5 for 3/8 and 6 on 1/2oz is what I normally use.  Wish they made a 5.5 size Indiana. 

 

Allen 

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21 hours ago, Jason Penn said:

#5 hildebrandts are pretty large. barlows site has blade measurements down on the bottom of each blade page, and the #4 hildebrandt and #6 indiana from whoever makes blades that they sell are more compareable

*So you are saying the Hildebrandt #4 is approx. the same size as others #6 Indiana blade ?

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according to measurements, yes. i have some #6 indiana blades from barlows and also have some #5 hildebrandt indianas and there's a definite difference. i can't seem to resize a pic properly to show the difference, but a #5 hildebrandt is a little over 2" long, and a #6 from barlows is showing 1.6" on their site

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Update : I happened to find on a tackle shelf some Lure Parts Premium Series Brass Lacquer Indiana blades in sizes : #7 , #6, #5 ,  and #4 . Based on what I saw - the #6 size Indiana would be used about 75% of the time on regular size spinnerbaits as the rear , larger blade and the #5 and #4 Indiana blade used on compact frame spinner bait frames. As for the #7 size Indiana blade - there is a big jump in size there from the #6   which I would only use on a single Indiana blade 1/2 oz. or 3/4th oz. spinnerbait where I need a lot of thump .

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Indiana blades sizes vs Colorado blades are the same length with Indiana being narrower with less lift.

If you like #2 & 3 Colorado use #3 & 4 Indiana for the less lift and similar water resistance.

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I like a double Indiana blade bait for the simple fact that the bass have never seen or felt it in pressured waters.  Everyone and their brother is throwing a Colorado over willow chartreuse/white spinnerbaits which the bass can identify by manufacturer.  The double Indiana is something that they have never been exposed to so it works. 

 

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On LPOL under blades, look for Bob Torman Bear Valley blades. They are kind of a cross between Indiana/Colorado. #4 is my favorite for 1/2 oz but use #3 and #5 also. 

They are the same as Stanley's older Vibrashaft spinnerbait's blades and Picasso uses them on their Night Time spinnerbaits. Picasso also built me some with double Indiana/Thumper blade, which looks just like the Bob Torman Bear Valley. Very nice of them.

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Chris, just so you know for future reference. There is no industry standard with spinner blades and each manufacturer is different. Worth, which is the blades I use most, are smaller than Lakeland blades but mainly in the larger sizes. Hagens is larger than Worth but slightly smaller than Lakeland and Hildebrandt is larger than all of them. It isn't just length either, some are a little wider and it is why I stick to one brand. Barlow's sells mostly Worth but they have other blades like Lakeland's Royal blades. LPO sells mainly Lakeland blades but they also carry a Worth blade which is the whip tail blade. If you read some of the reviews on their willow blades you'll see the larger size than others mentioned. I think it is because LPO use to sell mainly Worth blades but then switched to Lakeland. As I mentioned before, Lakeland willows are larger so be careful buying blades from different sources.

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15 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

Chris, just so you know for future reference. There is no industry standard with spinner blades and each manufacturer is different. Worth, which is the blades I use most, are smaller than Lakeland blades but mainly in the larger sizes. Hagens is larger than Worth but slightly smaller than Lakeland and Hildebrandt is larger than all of them. It isn't just length either, some are a little wider and it is why I stick to one brand. Barlow's sells mostly Worth but they have other blades like Lakeland's Royal blades. LPO sells mainly Lakeland blades but they also carry a Worth blade which is the whip tail blade. If you read some of the reviews on their willow blades you'll see the larger size than others mentioned. I think it is because LPO use to sell mainly Worth blades but then switched to Lakeland. As I mentioned before, Lakeland willows are larger so be careful buying blades from different sources.

 

What I have noticed is size 4 and smaller Lakeland and Worth are equal. Once you get over that size they start varying in size.

 

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20 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

Chris, just so you know for future reference. There is no industry standard with spinner blades and each manufacturer is different. Worth, which is the blades I use most, are smaller than Lakeland blades but mainly in the larger sizes. Hagens is larger than Worth but slightly smaller than Lakeland and Hildebrandt is larger than all of them. It isn't just length either, some are a little wider and it is why I stick to one brand. Barlow's sells mostly Worth but they have other blades like Lakeland's Royal blades. LPO sells mainly Lakeland blades but they also carry a Worth blade which is the whip tail blade. If you read some of the reviews on their willow blades you'll see the larger size than others mentioned. I think it is because LPO use to sell mainly Worth blades but then switched to Lakeland. As I mentioned before, Lakeland willows are larger so be careful buying blades from different sources.

*Great information - thank you !

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I use Hildebrandt blades exclusively. For Indiana Blades I'll use a #4 on a 3/8th oz. spinnerbait and a #4 1/2 on a 1/2 ounce lure.

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Helderbranbt blades are heavy gage brass vs most other brands another factor to consider.

I preferred Nichols Indiana blades in holographic colors.

Tom 

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20 hours ago, WRB said:

Helderbranbt blades are heavy gage brass vs most other brands another factor to consider.

I preferred Nichols Indiana blades in holographic colors.

Tom 

Perhaps the Nichols Indiana blades being thinner / lighter may start up faster and spin better at slower speeds than the heavier Indiana blades made by other manufacturers ?

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