How to Make a Fishing Spoon

How to Make a Fishing Spoon
A fishing spoon---one of the classic angling lures---belongs in nearly every tacklebox, especially one you'd bring along to a river or lake. Spoons can be trolled behind a boat or retrieved with a rod and reel using a stop-and-go technique to imitate a wounded baitfish, which spoons are designed to resemble. You can make a fishing spoon with basic power tools and supplies available at almost any tackleshop.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spoon blanks in asorted sizes
  • Treble hooks
  • Wire split rings
  • Acrylic paints in assorted colors and brushes
  • Electric drill
  • 1/4-inch metal-cutting drill bit
  • Table vise
  • Pliers
Step 1
Place a spoon blank in a table vise and tighten securely.
Step 2
Drill a 1/4 inch hole on both narrow ends of the spoon, about 1/4 inch from the edge of the metal.
Step 3
Paint the spoon on the convex side in your desired colors. Red stripes on both outside edges with a white stripe down the middle is the classic spoon color combination, with the natural metal color on the concave side of the lure.
Step 4
Attach a split ring to each hole on the spoon by sliding the ring opening into the hole and twisting it around until it snaps into place.
Step 5
Attach a treble hook to the split ring on the wider end of the spoon.
Step 6
Place the spoon back in the vise, holding it in the middle section, then tighten the vise.
Step 7
Gently bend the front (narrow end) of the spoon back slightly toward the convex side using the pair of pliers. When laid on a table and viewed from the side, your spoon should have a slight S shape, which will give the lure the necessary wriggle when retrieved through the water.
Step 8
Tie your fishing line to the split ring on the narrow side of the spoon.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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