2011 Ratchet Spinner 

Author: Gil d'Oliveira AKA treblig

    I thought I would bring this review back.  In 2011 I reviewed and tested on our beaches for salmon a spinner lure re named the Rachet Spinner created by Kevin Roberts of KND.
 
The biggest complaint about using weighted bell spinners is the wear and tear they show and how fast they degrade.  There are a lot of successful spinners but they lack the durability that fishermen require and/or demand.  As a beach  and river fisherman fishing for salmon and steelhead in our large flowing waters and our rocky beaches, these lures take quite a beating. We are not talking about little trout. We are talking about salmon of all species often weighing from 5 lb. to 30 lb. or more.
 
   So often the finish on the blades, the deterioration of the hook, the color on the body, and even their shape show wear quickly after fighting Coho and Chinook salmon. The spinning of the blade is often  suffering from poor performance as the simple attachment ( the clevis ) holding the blade gets out of shape during a fight with a large fish. The farther the clevis holds the blade out from the wire the better blade wobble occurs. I have had the spinner's main wire bent out of shape due to long fights with large salmon.  Once bent it's nearly impossible to get it back true to shape.
    
    
  Long casting into the wind  will effect the cast performance when the main wire, clevis, or blades have been bent out of shape. I find myself (and I know other fishermen are) buying new spinners every year or trying to paint and retouch last year's lures.  Trying to re-obtain the polish of a brass spinner is nearly impossible. Last year after landing a 10 plus pound Coho on a brand new spinner  there were large pieces of color removed from the body of the bell by the salmon's teeth.  I soak my lures at the end of the day in fresh water. Then I hang dry them and yet the blades seem to always show that they are diminishing in their finish. Built in deficiency? Often manufactures brag about special features that we fishermen have to believe. Features like rattle, vibration, blade wobble, etc. Not the Ratchet Spinners. We can see and hear the features they brag about.
    
   
One factor in bell spinners is the sonic sound vibration that attracts or angers the salmon or steelhead to strike. We know from research that fish can feel these sonic sound vibrations. Kevin can prove there is a very big difference from his spinners and the competitors.  We all can hear it. By placing a rod tip in a fast flow river with three feet of line and the competition spinner. Place the end of the rod to your ear and you can actually hear / feel the vibration.  Do this with the Ratchet Spinner and there is a major difference.
    
    Another factor is the blade wobble. Different bade spinning, effects the appearance to entice a fish to strike. This is obtained by the size of the clevis and the shape of the blade. The only way to measure success is the results.  There is a huge following for Kevin's KND Ratchet Spinners in the United States. Fishermen after fishermen, are raging about the results and its endurance in the field.  
The Owner of KND Custom Tackle, Kevin Roberts, has created one of the hottest lures - THE RATCHET SPINNER with extreme durability in the all aspects of the lure's use. I asked Kevin a few questions...
 
   
Gil: What led you to create such a lure ?
 
Kevin: I have always had the mind set to be curious. I want to know why and how things work. What makes fish bite at a spinner? I tore a lot of spinners apart to see what made them tick.   Seeing how the bell rotates around the bead and the sound that the combination produces. Was there a way to enhance the sound and vibration? Would it make a difference? Another complaint I had is the weight of the spinner. Spinners most often are too light. I spent countless hours researching available parts. I finally found what I was looking for - the perfect size, weight and sound emitting combination.
    
   
Gil: How long has you been since you started and at what point did you feel you had a winner?
 
Kevin: I started tinkering with this idea in the fall of 2010. After making a few prototypes and fishing them for Coho. I knew I was on to something special. With all the previous research I performed, the only adjustments I needed to make, was getting the blade, and hook size right    
    
   
Gil: The response from your followers in the United States is overwhelming. Especially how the lure can maintain its shape and finish. How is it that yours out performs the competitor’s lure with such ease?
 
Kevin: First you start with quality parts. The standard industry wire gage is .028 The “Ratchet Spinners” use .030 gage wire. “Ratchet Spinners” come with a Gamakatsu single Siwash hook. I made it a point to build a spinner that would  survive all the abuse an aggressive fish could throw at it. We all know the fish love structure. Structure creates havoc with our gear. If there is a boulder on the bank, odds are we are going to hit it. I don’t use the industry standard paint. I use a heat activated “Powder Coat”. This makes for a super durable and beautiful finish. 
 
 Gil: Talk to me about this sonic sound vibration and its development.
 
Kevin: With the “Ratchet Spinners” as the weight of the blade travels around the wire shaft, it creates a wobble in the shaft. This wobble forces the bead to rotate around the inside of the bell. The bead has abrupt sharp edges. Thus creating a harmonic noise and vibration 3 times more aggressive than any other spinner on the market. The main competitor lure has a cylindrical bead with grooves cut into it. I believe this was done to try and eliminate line twist. They wanted to keep the wire from turning as it passed thru the water. The “Ratchet Spinners” come standard with a barrel swivel to eliminate line twist.
 
Gil: Looks Like you have a proven winner here Kevin.