Dec. 30, 2021 — A lifetime love of fishing prompted 2019 Mapleton High School graduate Evan Moso to start his own company, Spin-X Designs Tackle, in summer 2020. A little over a year later, business is booming. Moso is not only selling a lot of fishing lures, but also building a community of anglers by sharing knowledge with anyone who asks.
Spin-X Designs makes a wide variety of quality handmade fishing products and specializes in custom orders. Moso sources parts from local distributors to build the custom fishing tackle. He creates his own lures and also does special requests. Whether that request is something just like someone used to use when their dad took them fishing 40 years ago, or something for a specific species of fish that can only be found in one area, Moso can make a lure for you.
Spin-X Designs serves customers in most states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada — and even has customers as far away as Scotland.
According to Moso, he recently had a special request from a customer in Florida. They wanted something for catching a shark. Moso was able to oblige. He simply modified a lure he had already made for Spanish mackerel to something a little more enticing to a shark and off the order went to a happy customer in the other corner of the country.
Moso believes that, along with building a customer base, he’s also building a community. Whether it’s sharing his vast knowledge of all the fisheries in our area, personally delivering special tackle to an angler who needs something while in the middle of a fishing expedition or helping to support local causes, Spin-X Designs has already become an important part in our community in a short period of time.
Moso has pledged to donate 50% of his sales of Spin-X Designs products at Mapleton Chevron to his friend Jon Golden, who is hospitalized and fighting a life-threatening brain injury. Moso says he will continue to contribute until Golden is in the clear and out of the hospital.
Also, to celebrate the holidays and honor local veterans, Moso created a “Fishmas Tree” for auction at the Oregon Coast Military Museum’s 2021 Festival of Trees Gala. The tree was a hit and raised money for the museum.
The most recent of Moso’s many ventures is a podcast.
“We are talking about fishing, every aspect of it. Proper fish handling skills, how to catch fish, what lures to use,” Moso said.
In each episode, Moso talks fishing in the Siuslaw River valley and its surrounding lakes, fishing tackle and the community that surrounds it. He will cover the fish that happen to be biting at the time, proper handling, tips and tricks and, most importantly to Moso, teaching people how to be “stewards of our beautiful lands and waterways.”
The “Spin-X Designs Tackle & Fishing Podcast” can be found at open.spotify.com/show/2hZIdnNnm9uHxhxjQZYz0E?si=b2b6d021fd944cce.
Last he counted, Moso’s handmade lures had caught at least 11 different species of fish.
Spin-X Designs' handmade lures are available at Twin Lakes Store north of Florence and upriver at Mapleton Chevron, Randy’s Riverview Market and Deadwood Country Market.
For the full selection of Spin-X Designs tackle, visit spinxdesigns.net. To talk to Moso about custom work or just to talk fishing, email [email protected]
“Happy Spin-Xmas!” Moso wrote on his page.