How to Make Fishing Spinners

How to Make Fishing SpinnersSpinners are versatile lures that catch a variety of species--from trophy muskies to salmon, steelhead and trout. While there are many commercially made spinners available, these effective lures are easy to make, which allows creative anglers to craft their own. From a hook dressed with dyed deer hair to fluorescent colored blades, spinners can be crafted an any manner.


Difficulty: Moderate

Building the Spinner

Things You’ll Need:
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Preformed wire shaft
  • French style spinner blade
  • Brass spinner body
  • Hook
  • Clevis
  • Metal bead.
Step 1
Add the hook to the open end of the preformed wire shaft. Be sure to add any attractors, such as buck tail or rubber tubing, to the hook before building the spinner.
Step 2
Pinch closed the open end of the wire shaft and slide the brass lure body over the top. Push the lure body down to the wire loop at the bottom of the shaft.
Step 3
Slide the metal bead on the wire shaft so it sits on top of the brass lure body. The metal bead will act as a bearing so the spinner blade will turn freely.
Step 4
Place one end of the clevis through the hole in the spinner blade and slide the clevis and blade onto the wire shaft. Be sure the raised dome of the blade is on the outside of the spinner body.
Step 5
Grab the remaining wire shaft 1/2 inch above the spinner blade, using the needle-nose pliers. Bend the wire 90 degrees, then wrap the wire around the tip of the pliers once. At this point, a loop is formed at the top of the spinner.
Step 6
Wrap the remaining wire around the spinner shaft three times and cut the excess material. Make sure the eye of the spinner is straight, and you are ready to fish.

Tips & Warnings

On larger spinners, adding a swivel while building the eye of the lure will reduce line twist.
Be careful of the hook point when building a spinner as one slip could impale the hook in your hand.

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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