How to Make Acrylic Trolling Lures

How to Make Acrylic Trolling LuresAcrylic lures have flexibility and longevity, due to the materials from which these are made. Acrylic lures can be produced in a small workspace in your workshop or home from available supplies at bait and tackle stores. The assembly of acrylic lures follows a basic formula used with lurecraft, particularly for jig-style lures. With a supply of blank acrylic jigheads and jig skirts, you can manufacture custom color combinations on your tackle and homemade lures.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Acrylic jigheads
  • Jig skirts
  • Collars
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Small scissors or clippers
Step 1
Pick up one of the acrylic jigheads and place it into the needle-nose pliers so the hook is exposed. Choose the skirt you wish to pair with the acrylic jighead. Silicone skirts are recommended when making acrylic jigheads.
Step 2
Turn the skirt to find the small rubber band holding the material together. If your skirt is fused, pick up a collar from your collection and slide it over the skirt material so it is 1/4 inch from the tip of the material, pinching it.
Step 3
Pull up the collar and slide the acrylic jighead under it. Arrange the acrylic jighead so the hook is facing down and the barb is pointing toward the front of the lure or toward the front of the jighead. Snap the collar onto the jighead, fixing it into position with the skirt.
Step 4
Trim the jig skirt with the scissors or clippers into the desired shape.
Step 5
Tie the acrylic lure to the fishing line on a fishing pole and reel.

Tips & Warnings

Silicone skirts are recommended with the acrylic jigheads as they have more mobility and are available in a multitude of colors to go with the range of the acrylic jighead colors.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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