Each had it’s own unique decoration much like a row of ladies sitting on the underground. Their makeup painted on in different ways, colour and texture, however these are a mixed collection of Devon Minnows whose purpose is to deceive or attract the attention of the salmon.
Over the years I have cast many of these and on many an occasion retrieved them only to find that the triple hook had lodge itself into a sunken branch in much the same way that a well heeled lady has had the misfortune to get her heel stuck in the groves of the escalator or gap in the pavement, the difference though is that the later is retrievable where many a minnow has been lost to nature.
There are all sorts of Devon Minnow imitations. Here captured below are set of hand painted wooden and brass minnows each carefully decorated and now rare to find.