How to Make Fishing Equipment

How to Make Fishing EquipmentWith some basic tools, bulk supplies from a fishing store, flat work area or work bench, and a shade of creativity you can make your own fishing equipment. Rods can be assembled from bamboo cane or fiberglass blanks and some ferrules. Lures are made with spoon or jighead blanks, some hooks and a bit of paint to customize your creations.


Difficulty: Moderate

Rod Making

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod blanks or bamboo cane
  • Ferrules
  • Fishing guides
  • Epoxy
  • Black electrical tape
  • Varnish
  • Small varnish sponge brushes
  • Scissors or clippers
  • Needle nosed vice grips
  • Split rings
  • Bench vice
  • Jigheads
  • Jig skirts
  • Treble hooks
  • Supply of 1/O to 6/O barbed fishing hooks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Small paintbrushes
Step 1
Assemble your selection of rod blanks with the ferrules into the shape of the rod on a flat work space. Do not put them together, just set them in order. If using ferrules, add a touch of epoxy to one end and then slide it into the rod blank. Do the same with the other ferrule end and add the other rod blank, if you wish to create a solid rod that will not break down. If making a rod you can break down, do not glue the ferrules and rod blanks together.
Step 2
Put the entire rod together, pushing the rod blanks over the ferrules and making the long fishing pole. Place it in the bench vice and gently tighten to hold in place. Glue the fishing guide in a straight line along the rod. Measure them out at a 6-inch interval, and keep them parallel. Use epoxy to glue them to the rod.
Step 3
Wrap the butt of the pole with the cork handle tape. Glue or tape the cork tape to the rod. Varnish the rod whatever color you desire with the varnish and the sponge brushes.


Step 1
Attach a jighead and jig skirt. Lift the collar, a very small rubber band that holds the skirt material together, with your finger and hold up. Slide the jighead through the collar and let the collar snap onto the jighead, securing the skirt and jighead together.
Step 2
Turn the jighead so the hook faces down out of the skirt. Be sure the jighead hook is facing down and the barb is facing the tail end of the skirt. Trim the skirt material down to your desired length or pattern using the scissors or clippers. If the jighead is blank in color, paint eyes on the jighead.
Step 3
Take a spoon blank and place it in the bench vice. Look for the two small holes on the spoon blank. Place one split ring into the spoon hole, like you would a keychain ring. Add the other split ring to the other spoon blank hole. Bend the spoon blank back between 5 to 10 degrees on the convex side using the needle nosed vice grips.
Step 4
Attach a treble hook to the back side split ring on the spoon. Attach a snap swivel to the front end split ring. Paint the spoon in your desired color combination. White body with red stripes is a popular color scheme for spoon lures.

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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