How to Make Lures for Fishing

How to Make Lures for Fishing
Expert anglers prefer to craft their own fishing lures in order to gain an advantage by having baits in their arsenal that no one else does. Whether is be a certain paint job or tape pattern, lures like spoons can be made in such a manner that fish will find them irresistible. There are a multitude of spoon blanks available from retailers who specialize in tackle crafting and its up to the angler imagination to bring them to life. Read on to learn how to make a fishing spoon.


Difficulty: Moderate

Making a Killer Spoon

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spoon blank, split rings, hook, lure tape, split ring pliers
Step 1
All spoon designs have a thinner section at the top and gradually widen towards the bottom. Begin by attaching split rings to the top and bottom of the spoon.
Step 2
Use the split ring pliers to open the split rings and place the open end through the hole in the spoon. Slide the split ring around until it is fully in the hole of the spoon.
Step 3
Attach the hook to the lower split ring on the bottom of the spoon. Use the split ring pliers to open the split ring again and slide the hook in the opening. Rotate the hook around the ring until the hook is fully enclosed in the split ring.
Step 4
With the split rings and hook in place, it is now time to add some lure tape to give the spoon a custom finish. Begin by cutting a half inch strip of lure tape, remove the backing and place the tape across the spoon.
Step 5
Cut the excess tape off the edges of the spoon for a nice clean finish. Layering multiple pieces of tape in contrasting colors will give the spoon a distinctive look that will catch the eye of a trophy fish!

Tips & Warnings

Use a fly tying vise to tie on some bright feathers to the hook, this will add extra flash and profile to the spoon.
Do not add tape the back or concave part of the spoon; this will not be seen as readily by the fish and will hamper the action of the lure.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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