How to Make Ice Fishing Flies

How to Make Ice Fishing Flies
If you have recently considered using artificial bait over live bait while fishing, you may want to consider making your own. Ice fishing flies can be expensive, and many times snap loose from the fishing line and are lost to the water. Creating your own ice fishing flies gives you the opportunity to save money and utilize miscellaneous craft stuff and disposable fabrics that may be lying around your home. Ice fishing flies are easy and inexpensive to make.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • 12 fishing hooks
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Scrap fabric
  • Animal fur
  • Feathers
  • Thread
  • Bobbins
  • Hot glue gun
 
Step 1
Cut 1-2 pieces of pipe cleaner into 1-inch pieces. Also cut the fabric and animal fur into strips that are 1 inch long by 1/8 inch wide. When creating ice fishing flies, the objective is to make it look similar to natural prey in the area.
Step 2
Use thread to attach the fishing hook to the small hole around the outer ring of the bobbin. To make sure that the lure is secure, double the thread and loop around between the end of the fishing hook and the hole several times.
Step 3
Attach scrap fabric strips and animal fur around bobbin to create the look of natural prey in the area. Add several pieces of the thin cut fabric to create a motion effect with the lure.
Step 4
Accent the fabric and fur with feathers and pipe cleaners (to look like legs). Attach these with the hot glue gun. You can repeat these steps to create all 12 ice fishing flies. When completed, ice fishing flies should move freely when shaken.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
For best results, visit the place where you normally fish and look at bugs that live under rocks and on the surface of the water. Ice fishing flies should imitate bugs that are naturally living in the area. Using a bobbin is optional, but it gives the fly needed buoyancy. If you choose not to use a bobbin then attach fabric, fur, feathers and pipe cleaners to the end of the fishing hook. All items can be found at your local craft store; however you can save money by using left over scraps of items you have laying around your house such as tore up jeans or a broken Christmas angel.
 
For best results, visit the place where you normally fish and look at bugs that live under rocks and on the surface of the water. Ice fishing flies should imitate bugs that are naturally living in the area.
 
Using a bobbin is optional, but it gives the fly needed buoyancy. If you choose not to use a bobbin then attach fabric, fur, feathers and pipe cleaners to the end of the fishing hook.
 
All items can be found at your local craft store; however you can save money by using left over scraps of items you have laying around your house such as tore up jeans or a broken Christmas angel.
 
Fishing hooks are very sharp, it is ideal to wear some protection on your hands while making your own ice fishing flies. It takes minimal effort to get a fishing hook lodged deep into your skin. Be cautious to not get carried away with attaching many strips of fabric, pipe cleaners and fur. Excessive weight will cause the lure to not fly and also deter the fish.
 
Fishing hooks are very sharp, it is ideal to wear some protection on your hands while making your own ice fishing flies. It takes minimal effort to get a fishing hook lodged deep into your skin. Be cautious to not get carried away with attaching many strips of fabric, pipe cleaners and fur. Excessive weight will cause the lure to not fly and also deter the fish.

Article Written By Giselle Diamond

Giselle Diamond is a freelance writer and has been writing since 1999. Diamond is experienced in writing in all genres and subjects, with distinguished experience in home and garden, culture and society, literature and psychology. Diamond has a Master of Arts in English and psychology from New York University. Diamond has articles published on both eHow and LiveStrong.

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