This is my first post on this site as I just joined today. But I've been making some top water (similar to a hedon spook) for a lake in northern ontario that is full of huge smallies and a bunch of massive pike. So since I found its hard to find (I was just at the outdoor show here in Toronto) a big small mouth lure i decided I would make my own and paint it myself..I think in painting a small mouth lure you should look at what kinda lake or system hes on. If ya notice smallies have such a range of colour to them...Lakes with lots of rocks and sand...smallies are more gold/green with less markings than a weedy muddy lake where they can get much darker and more spotted...sooo after all that long windedness (sorry) I would ask the guy what/where he fishes mostly and assess what type of system it is then I would go with a colouring that would suitably match.
Hope that helps man.
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