How to Make Homeade Fishing Lures

How to Make Homeade Fishing Lures
Many anglers find that their fishing experience are greatly enhanced by creating their own lures. Taking the time to research and plan the construction of a lure can often help an angler better understand the ecosystem in which the game fish lives. Making homemade lures can be a rewarding hobby that adds to the overall enjoyment of the fishing experience. In-line spinners are one example of lures that many anglers enjoy creating and customizing to help catch more fish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Stainless spring wire
  • Spinner blade and clevis
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Pliers
  • Beads (metal, plastic or glass)
  • Split ring
  • Hooks
Step 1
Purchase enough stainless steel lure wire to make the number of lures you need. Lure wire can be obtained from tackle stores or online lure making supply companies. Also obtain any body forms, beads or hooks that you might need to assemble the lure.
Step 2
Cut a length of wire to use as an in-line spinner. Form a loop in one end of the wire. Hold the wire in the jaws of a pair of needle-nose pliers. Bend the wire around the nose of the pliers with another pair of pliers to form the loop. Secure the loop by wrapping the end of the wire around the main wire for two turns.
Step 3
Attach a clevis through the opening in a spinner blade. Slide the clevis onto the wire by passing the wire through the two small openings in both ends of the clevis. Push the clevis and spinner blade all the way the wire wraps just below the loop.
Step 4
Slide a body or beads onto the wire. Select a pre-formed metal or lead body, beads or a combination of both. Keep in mind that the body of the lure provides any weight needed to help the lure move down through the water.
Step 5
Form another loop in the wire below the body or beads. Leave enough room below the body so that the bottom end of the wire can be wrapped around the main wire two times. Cut any excess wire extending from the lure with wire cutters.
Step 6
Slide a split ring onto the eye of a treble or single hook. Attach the hook to the loop in the bottom of the lure with the split ring.

Tips & Warnings

Consider combining beads of different materials or colors for the body of the lure.
Use split ring to connect the hook to the lure to make changing the hook much more simple in the future should the need arise.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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