“You have to throw line back to a Rogue when you’re working it,” Ty Spade said. “That is something I always tell people in seminars.”

A Pennsylvania tournament angler who has built a reputation as a Smithwick Rogue ambassador, Spade mixes up his Rogue presentation speeds and the variety of Rogue he uses quite a bit according to the season and situation and what the fish show him any given day. What he never changes is that he jerks a Smithwick Rogue, as opposed to pulling it or reeling it, and he always throws slack into the line so that it has to snap tight with the next jerk.

“That’s necessary for getting the right action, which I believe is what really sets a Rogue apart from other jerkbaits,” Spade said.

Whether he is jerking almost continuously or using painfully long pauses to prompt strikes, Spade finishes every jerk by snapping the rod forward, and when he reels to take up line, he doesn’t reel enough to get the line tight. He wants the next jerk to pull slack from the line to jerk the lure abruptly.

Spade typically uses a 6-6 or 6-8 medium action baitcasting rod and 8-pound-test fluorocarbon line, believing that combination provides the best jerking action.

Spade acknowledges that trollers do well with Rogues with an obvious steady swimming action, and he knows that some casting anglers likewise swim a Rogue or use twitches or slower pulls. For him, though, the best “Rogue roll” comes from a good snapping jerk and is what makes this lure what it is and is the reason he so often picks up a Rogue.

Spade throws a Rogue year-round. He likes it the very best during the winter, and he doesn’t think the water can be too cold if the surface isn’t iced over. He also throws Rogues in the heat of summer and during the seasons in-between, though.

Spade’s favorite Rogue is an Elite 8, but he’ll grab a Perfect 10 when he wants a bigger lure or wants to dig extra deep. He also spends quite a bit of time with a regular Suspending Rattlin’ Rogue or Floating Rattlin’ Rogue tied on, with the depth he wants to work being the main factor that helps him decide which Rogue to use.

Spade likes translucent color patterns for bluebird skies and flashier Rogues for dark skies. Beyond that, color selection is largely a game of experimentation, and he lets he fish reveal their daily preferences.

Likewise with presentations speed. Although the norm for Spade is to fish slower when the water is cold, he’s seen times when the fish wanted the lure jerked in rapid-fire manner in very cold water, so he tries to not be too set in his ways.

“You just have to see how they want it,” he said.