How to Make Fishing Jigs & Spinners

How to Make Fishing Jigs & Spinners
Fishing jigs and spinners are among the most enduring artificial lures in fishing, whether it be in fresh or saltwater. With an assortment of these lure types, the traveling angler can catch fish under almost any conditions. Because both are prone to snagging underwater, especially jigs because they are fished on the bottom, many anglers try their hand at making their own lures. Tackle shops and many online retailers carry all the parts needed to make jigs and spinners, which can be a pleasant pursuit during the off-season while you dream about your next great fishing adventure.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Weighted jig heads in assorted sizes
  • Colored feathers and thread
  • Fly-tying vise
  • Soft, plastic baits
  • Spinner blades, wire, colored beads
  • Split rings
  • Treble hooks
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Tweezers
  • Scissor
  • Superglue
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors
  • Modeling brush
Step 1
Make fishing jigs with colored streamer feathers by placing a jig head in a fly tying vise and clamping securely around the curve of the jig hook.
Step 2
Use tweezers to hold three or four colored feathers with the quill ends against the eye of the hook.
Step 3
Tie a loop of colored thread to the hook behind the eye and wrap the line around the feather ends 6 to 10 times, taking care not to overlap the windings.
Step 4
Loop the thread around the hook in an overhand knot and clip the thread close to the windings.
Step 5
Add a drop of superglue to the windings at the knot.
Step 6
Shape your streamer jig by clipping the feathers with a scissor, tapering the lure so the feathers are more narrow toward the hook end.
Step 7
Make a jig with a soft, plastic bait by threading the bait onto the hook barb and sliding the hook through the plastic until the bait is pressed firmly against the jig head.
Step 8
Paint a white eye on both sides of the jig, allow to dry, then paint a small black drop in the center of each white eye to create a pupil.
Step 9
Make spinners by clipping a length of straight spinner wire about 4 inches long.
Step 10
Make a 1/4-inch loop in the end of the wire with needlenose pliers, wrap the wire at least three times around the shaft and clip off the excess.
Step 11
Slide a spinner blade and several plastic beads onto the straight end of the wire, using colors and combinations that resemble the baitfish where you will be fishing. You can adjust the location of the spinner blade by adding more beads to the wire before the blade, although most spinners have the blade attached close to the eyelet.
Step 12
Twist the straight end of the wire into another 1/4-inch loop, make three wraps of the wire with the pliers and clip the wire close to the lure.
Step 13
Attach a split ring to the rear loop, then connect a treble hook to the split ring.
Step 14
Place the spinner in the fly vise and tie several feathers near the tail-end of the lure, making 6 to 10 turns to secure them. White and red feathers are a classic spinner combination.
Step 15
Tie off the thread and add a drop of Superglue to the windings.
Step 16
Clip and shape the feathers with a scissor so they extend just to the barbed tips of the treble hook.

Tips & Warnings

Experiment with color combinations, different-sized plastic beads and feather textures to create lures. Sometimes a fish, especially bass, will attack your lure out of spite rather than hunger, because the color is unusual and the sound of the spinner blade is an annoyance.

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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