How to Make a Spinner Bait

How to Make a Spinner Bait
Spinner baits are an excellent choice as a lure for a wide variety of fish species including trout, pan fish, large- and small-mouth bass, and even some salt water species. Spinner baits may be purchased at most sporting good, big box, and tackle stores from around $1 to several dollars. However, it is possible to create your own spinners with the right parts, some basic tools and know-how. Making spinners is a great way to save money and create custom designs which may be tailored to specific conditions.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stainless spring wire Pliers Wire cutters Spinner form (if available) Various beads Spinner body (metal, plastic) Single or treble hooks Split rings
  • Stainless spring wire
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Spinner form (if available)
  • Various beads
  • Spinner body (metal, plastic)
  • Single or treble hooks
  • Split rings
Step 1
Cut a length of stainless spring wire with the wire cutters. Cut the wire long enough to allow for the length of the lure, the turn of the eye, the turn for the hook, and a couple of wraps of wire at both the eye and hook.
Step 2
Use a spinner form, if available, to help in sizing, bending and wrapping the wire around the hook. Use pliers to bend and wrap the wire around the forms on the form. If a form is not available, it is possible to form a proper bend by using a small stick or other object. Form the wire around the object and then make one or two turns around the main wire to finish the eye and hook loops. Only close one end of the wire at this point, as other components still need to be added.
Step 3
Slide a small metal, glass, or plastic bead onto the wire and down to the eye of the hook. This will act as both an attractant and bearing for the spinner blade.
Step 4
Select either a willow- or Colorado-style blade for the spinner. The spinner will incorporate the use of a U-shaped mount which is hollow on both points of the U and slides onto the spinner wire. The U mount must be threaded through the hole in the spinner blade then slid onto the wire. This setup allows the blade to move freely and unrestricted in the water for optimum attracting power.
Step 5
Add another bead, and then slide a main body onto the wire. The body may be made of metal, plastic, or a form covered with animal hairs. Follow the body with another bead.
Step 6
Form the loop, as directed before, at the lower end of the wire, making sure to leave sufficient room for the components to move freely and clatter as they move through the water.
Step 7
Finish the lure by adding a small split ring, and then a hook to the split ring itself. The hook may be single or treble, and plain or dressed with animal hairs or feathers.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with different designs and combinations of components to imitate natural baits, or create a new design.
Use care when handling and working with spring wire and hooks. Both have sharp points and edges which may cause punctures and cuts.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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