In 2016 the Heavy Weight (HW) version of the GUNKI GAMERA 50 SP was added to the range and this year, it was the 39F and 39HWs' turn to join the team. Click here: GAMERA 39, to read the latest article by David Pierron on these little trout magnets. The GAMERA 50 HW is the heavier version of the GAMERA 50 SP but not just. It has also been redesigned with a thinner body. Add to that an overall weight of 3.5g and you have the perfect small hard minnow for fishing fast flowing rivers.
Colour wise, a large choice of different ones are available and the 2 new ones for 2017, Fario (brown trout) and Vairon (minnow) are just the ones that were missing. Here’s a little tip, if the water is dirty or when the light is low, try the awesome UV reactive colours. The Snow Chart is an absolute must have for murky water and the UV red dots of the Copper Trout will give you that added visibility early in the morning or late at night. In low light conditions, the UV reactive colours will reflect the blue light (UV) and make your lure easier to spot for the fish, so make the most of this cool feature!
The swimming action of the GAMERA 50 HW is a perfect mix between rolling and wobbling, ideal to swim naturally trough the flow of the river. It is really great to use with the GAMERA 50 SP version which tends to find its limits when the current gets too strong. It’s the perfect lure for the start of the season or when the levels rise due to heavy rain. What’s more, big trout really seem to like it!
I mainly use it for fishing open areas where it’s great to cover water. To fish upstream, here’s a diagram explaining how I use it:
In these conditions, the GAMERA 50 SP can be used but, as soon as you have to go deeper or if the flow is strong, the HW version will be more effective. I also start by fishing the downstream part of the spot before moving upstream. Simply because if I start by the “top” of the spot and hook a fish, it’s quite likely, especially if it’s a nice fish, that it’ll run downstream and scare any other trout. So always work your way up the spot.
I’ll cast to the opposite side and then work my way up. I use the flow to make my lure swim back towards me and then fan out towards the top of the spot. Like that it will be facing the trout as they lay in wait for their meal to be brought to them by the current.
A nice trout on the 3rd cast with the GAMERA 50
Then I’ll start on the top part of the spot. This would be quite complicated with the SP version, even more so if the river is flowing fast. This is when the HW version excels; this is how I use it:
As before, I always fish with the lure going downstream but, this time, I start by my side of the bank and then work my way towards the opposite side. Like that if I hook a fish it is less likely to kill the spots that I haven’t yet fished.
A nice 39cm trout caught on a downstream cast with the GAMERA 50
When you come across visible hot spots, you must try and fish them bearing in mind a few important bases:
On these easily identifiable spots, I always start on the lowest ones, for the reasons mentioned above. So, in this case, cast 1 and 2.
Then, cast 3 to 5. These are two really hot spots that you just have to fish!
Casts 6 to 9 are to fish the open area but, they still have to be precise as the different obstacle funnel the food and therefore make it a prime hunting zone.
Here’s a tip that has caught me quite a few fish: let the current create a loop in your line once you have cast towards the opposite bank. When you tighten your line (by closing the pick-up of the reel), the line is swept away by the current and so is your lure. As the loop “opens” itself in the current, the lure will progressively accelerate until it’s parallel to the bank where it will suddenly stop and that is just like asking to be hit by a trout!
A trout caught on a downstream drift with a GAMERA 50
To finish, I then fish the lower sector, in these diagram, a small water fall with some big blocs break the flow of the water and generate multiple currents of different speed. Here the best advice I can give you is to follow your instinct: fish whatever looks promising and then fish the rest but, always try to think what will happen if you catch a fish, will it scare the others? Use the different currents to make your lure swim at different speeds and more or less intensely. More often than not, it is when your lure accelerates or decelerates that the fish will attack!
A trout caught just after the lure entered a faster flowing zone on a GAMERA 50
I hope that these few tips will help you fish your local rivers, and don’t forget, the GAMERA 50 SP and HW are best used together!
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