Secret Lures Of The Chippewa Flowage
By Craig Sandell © 2014

Wisconsinís Chippewa Flowage has a reputation as a tough body of Musky water. Itís 15,300 acres of water that are punctuated with islands and floating bogs, along with water of varying turbidity, present the Musky angler with a formidable puzzle for success on the water.

Over the years, some lures have shown themselves to be consistent producers. Black bucktails with a green blade, Globes, Suicks and creepers have a very good success rate on the Chippewa Flowage.

There are always some lure configurations that Musky anglers on the Chippewa Flowage tend to keep to themselves. Among these "secret" lures are an inline spinner known as a Janney Tail and a tinsel tail known as a Hooky Tail.

Hooky Tail

The Hooky Tail is made by Steve Van Heuklon and is a tinsel tail. The lure is 7" long, wire to wire, and weighs 1Ĺ ounces. The tinsel is tied in a front forward configuration to present a larger target in the water.

The lure uses VMC hooks, so they are sharp right out of the package. There are two treble hooks on the lure. The body hook is a 3/0 and is attached to the through wire using a split ring; allowing for easy hook replacement. The rear hook is a 5/0 and uses heat shrink to minimize tangling in the tinsel and it enhances hook presentation.

Janney Tail

Bill Janney, a well respected guide on the Chippewa Flowage, has been making the Janney Tail for years. It has been responsible for attracting the attention of many a Musky in the 30 pound class.

His inline spinner and small bucktails are mechanically balanced and use marabou feathers configured in a cigar shaped pattern. This configuration virtually eliminates the annoying bundle of stuck together feathers that are the trade mark of the other Marabou feathered lures on the market.  He makes two configurations of the Janney tail. The smaller single hook configuration is 5" wire to wire and weighs ĺ of an ounce. The larger configuration has two hooks and is 7", wire to wire, and weighs 1 ounce.

This is a very productive lure throughout the season but is especially effective when water temperatures are cooler in the spring and fall.