Hello everyone, I’m known as Mac and I’m based in the UK. I’ve been to many parts of the world during my 15 years with the Royal Air Force, but never to your beautiful country.
I read the article about the Devon minnow with great interest as it’s something I fish with a lot for Atlantic salmon and my company makes and sells them. What I can say is the Devon minnow is undergoing a resurgence in both the UK and Europe as a lure for Atlantic salmon. It suffered in popularity some 20 years ago after the introduction of the Flying C but despite the continued popularity of the Flying C, Toby and the Rapala as a lure for Atlantic salmon, it is now in larger demand than at any time in the past 20 years.
I’ve fished with the Devon minnows for the past 52 years and caught many salmon using it, so for me it’s tried and tested. The weighted devon, usually either copper lined wood or copper lined plastic is still used a lot but what has emerged in popularity is the wooden floating minnow. This is particularly popular on the Scottish rivers and in an all red colour, known as Ruby and accounts for a lot of salmon.