How to Assemble Fishing Lures at Home

How to Assemble Fishing Lures at Home
Plugs, crankbaits, spinners, poppers and spinnerbaits are just a few of the lures used by anglers. A wide range of lures are available for purchase from retailers; however, some anglers enjoy making their own at home.

Making lures involves assembling various components, that when combined, form a lure. Assembling lures allows for custom designs based on fishing conditions and personal preferences. Spinnerbaits are an example of lures that are easy to assemble at home.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spinnerbait wire with weighted head and hook attached
  • Bead (plastic and metal)
  • Clevis
  • Spinner blade (Colorado and willow)
  • Split ring
  • Swivel
  • Pliers
Step 1
Hold a pre-formed spinnerbait wire with an attached weighted head and the hook attached. Position the spinnerbait form so the open end of the wire opposite the hook end is easily accessible.
Step 2
Slide a small plastic bead onto the free end of the wire as far as it will go down to the first bend. Choose a plastic bead that is brightly colored such as red, orange, yellow or white.
Step 3
Insert a U-shaped clevis through the hole in a Colorado spinner blade. Attach the clevis and blade by threading the free end of the wire through the small holes on each end of the U-shaped clevis. Slide the clevis and blade assembly down next to the colored bead.
Step 4
Slide a metal bead in a silver or gold color onto the wire to act as a bearing below the clevis. Clamp the wire 3/4 inch from the end with a pair of needle-nose pliers. Turn the wire to form a U shape.
Step 5
Thread a split ring onto the eye of a barrel swivel, and then attach a willow leaf spinner blade to the split ring. Slide the opposite eye of the barrel swivel onto the U bend of the wire. Grip the wire with the needle-nose pliers again and continue turning the wire to form the U-shape bend into a closed loop around the barrel swivel. Secure the loop by turning the free end of the wire slightly around the main wire.
Step 6
Place a rubber skirt in the color of your choice onto the shoulder of the weighted head formed at the top of the hook. Insert the point of the hook through the opening in the center of the rubber skirt. Slide the skirt around the bend and up the shank onto the formed shoulder of the weighted head.

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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