How to Crimp Fish Lures

How to Crimp Fish LuresCrimping a lure is necessary when casting a fishing line long distances or downstream where waters can be choppy. Crimping provides a strong connection, and after your lure is in place, you can cast your line with confidence that it is there to stay no matter how hard your line hits the current. You'll need a few simple tools, which are available at fishing and tackle stores.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Crimping tool
  • Fishing line
  • Lure
  • Double-barrel sleeve
Step 1
Thread the loose end of your fishing line through one side of a double-barrel sleeve.
Step 2
Thread the loose end of your fishing line through the eye of the lure. Follow through to the second opening of the double-barrel sleeve. Pass the fishing line through to the second sleeve opening, in the opposite direction from which it entered.
Step 3
Heat the loose end of the line until a bead forms. Press lightly to flatten.
Step 4
Place the double-barrel sleeve inside the mouth of the crimping tool and press down hard. Hold the crimping tool until the double-barrel sleeve collapses under the weight of the compression. Check that it is flattened.
Step 5
Pull the fishing line to test for movement. If the double-barrel sleeve is fully compressed, the line will not move.
Step 6
Cut off any excess line.

Tips & Warnings

You can re-crimp a double-barrel sleeve if your first attempt does not completely flatten the barrel.
Press hard on the crimping tool, but not so hard that the double-barrel sleeve breaks.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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