How to Make Fishing Hooks

How to Make Fishing Hooks
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of fisherman, making your own fishing hooks might be the perfect intersection between self-reliance and saving money. Making fishing hooks out of barbed wire can be done in just a few minutes, and the finished hooks are perfect for most kinds of recreational fishing.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Barbed wire Wire cutters Work gloves Needle nose pliers Red waterproof spray paint (optional)
  • Barbed wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Work gloves
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Red waterproof spray paint (optional)
Step 1
Hold the barbed wire in one hand and use your wire cutters to cut the wire at the base of a barb. Make another cut 1 inch down from the barb.
Step 2
Bend the barb to serve as the hook's curve using needle nose pliers.
Step 3
Bend the top of the hook back over itself, making a hole to thread fishing line through. The hole should be fully closed. For a more reliable hook, put under a flame for 10 to 15 seconds and pinch the metal with needle nose pliers for a melded fit.
Step 4
Spray the hook in red paint, if optional. Red is an attractive color to fish and can trick them into thinking your bait or lure is bleeding. However, the hook will work just fine if you choose not to do this.
Step 5
Let cool and dry before using.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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