Most of the color pictures you’ll see in the picture galleries are on plugs, but most patterns may be applied to spoons and TNT’s as well.
All these lures in this picture are done in color 727. When we apply a pattern from a plug to a spoon, we imagine that one side of the spoon is the top or back, and the other side of the spoon is the belly. On this 727 plug, there is black gold scale down the center, so on the spoon that black gold scale is along the top edge. The belly of the 727 plug is pearl, so the bottom edge of the spoon is pearl.
When we apply a pattern to a TNT, we imagine it started out as a plug and we sliced down the back and peeled it open – therefore what you’re looking at on the top is what would be the innards. The main pattern is on the underside, and the top or inside is usually the main color of the pattern. The top, or innards, of this 727 TNT is chartreuse, and the black gold scale is on the edges of the underside.
Sometimes the the pattern rules are not followed exactly but the essence of that pattern will be retained.
This black and white pattern is the 712, called skunk. To strictly follow the pattern rules on this one, we would have put sparkle on the spoon. In this case we apply a holographic scale instead of the sparkle. It’s just one of those things we do under the name of “artistic licence”.