Mike Stevens – KNEE DEEP

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Design the next WON-exclusive Rooster Tail
For the last few years, I have been granted the super-cool honor of designing a custom Western Outdoor News Rooster Tail that cannot be bought in stores, online or otherwise. Custom, exclusive, limited run. I imagine there may be some street value to them, but they’d have to command an absurd percent markup were you to buy them on the black market out of the trunk of a shady dude’s car parked in some sketchy alley.

As an Eastern Sierra Jedi Trout Master, it’s safe to say my designs were incredible: dual-colored blade? Check. Red hook? Why not? Tail and body colors the good folks at Yakima had to retool for because they’d never been conceived by anyone else? Done!

THIS CUSTOM ROOSTER TAIL was only available (they could not be bought) for those subscribing to WON (or renewing) at the Fred Hall Shows. The 2020 version will be designed by a WON reader who submits his or her specs and is selected by WON staffers as the winning design. WON PHOTO BY MIKE STEVENS

These one-and-done wonders don’t just go to anyone, either. These collector’s items go to those subscribing or renewing to WON at the Fred Hall Shows until they’re gone. Sure, some recipients put them on a shelf prior to undoubtedly passing them down from generation to generation, but as I have come to find out, some do actually hit the water. I know this because at the WON booth, I’m constantly approached by WON readers telling me how great they worked, from the Sierra to the stocked lakes in San Diego and everywhere in between. I even autographed a few, although no one seems to care about that.

Anyway, I just don’t have the bandwidth to handle it this year. So, against my better judgment (it wasn’t my idea), I’m going to take one for the team and let one of you design it. The idea was to run it through the WON Facebook page and have everyone attempting to match my supreme trout-lure design skills by entering their ideas as a comment under an upcoming Facebook post.

Realizing some of you don’t have Facebook, go ahead and e-mail your submissions to me at mike-s@wonews.com, or even mail it in to 1211 Puerta Del Sol, Suite 270, San Clemente, 92673. Attn: Mike.

This is what you need to include:

1. Blade color/pattern

2. Body colors

3. Tail colors

4. Red hook (yes or no)

Here’s a little advice from the Michelangelo of Rooster Tail masterpieces: take a look at the vast array of options already available at YakimaBait.com for ideas and a baseline. Use what’s already available at your discretion, but absolutely find a way to make it your own, and feel free to come out of left field with something completely original on one or several components.

WON staffers will sift through the submissions and pick the winner. We’ll send the design outline to Yakima, and prior to the next Fred Hall Shows in March, they’ll send us a bunch to give away to subscribers. I suppose we should make sure the winner gets a few, along with the pride, fortune and glory that’s sure to follow.

So, let’s see what you’ve got. Follow the WON Facebook page and stay tuned for the call to action, or jump the gun and shoot it to me right now.

There are also custom WON Thomas Buoyants at the Shows, but I’m not ready to let one of you screw those up yet.

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Reader Comments
Follow me closely Mike It’s a tandem designed bait Front section 1/32 rooster tail body Hologram blade (flashy) Light grey with black triangle lines wrapped Back section Connected to a 1/8 rooster tail body Hologram blade (flashy) Darker gray body White triangle lines wrapped White tail feather Black crime hook Any questions please contact me
Chip Gilbert
Blade: Silver with orange and black spots Body: Light purple with white spots Tail: Light brown Red hook: Yes
Jack Carver
Blade: Gold w/ 2 pearl white dots Body: 1/2 light tan 1/2 white pearl with glitter Tail Colors: light tan and white Hook: gold Name: OC Troutslayer
Joe Aguirre
1. Blade Gold 2. Body UPS Brown with Gold Flake 3. Tail Feathers Brown And Gold 3. Brown Hook
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