How to Make Fishing Lures at Home

How to Make Fishing Lures at Home
Crafting your own fishing lures lets you control their appearance. Make a custom-tied hair jig to entice a wide range of fish species, including steelhead, perch, bass or walleye.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Tying the Jig

Things You’ll Need:
  • Painted jig head Fly tying thread Marabou feathers Head cement Jig paint Fly tying vise Scissors
  • Painted jig head
  • Fly tying thread
  • Marabou feathers
  • Head cement
  • Jig paint
  • Fly tying vise
  • Scissors
Step 1
Place the painted jig head in the vise so that the hook shank is horizontal to the work surface and the hook point is upright.
Step 2
Wrap the thread around the hook, starting behind the head of the jig and going down the hook half an inch. This will be the base layer that the marabou feathers will lie on.
Step 3
Place one marabou feather on the hook and wrap the thread around the feather to secure it in place. If you are making a two-tone-colored jig, tie the darker color on the top side of the jig.
Step 4
Rotate the vise to turn the jig over and tie in a second piece of marabou feather. Line up the feather so it matches the length of the first feather on the top.
Step 5
Add five to six more wraps of thread so both feathers will stay in place while you fish. Make a simple overhand loop knot behind the jig head to keep the thread from unraveling.
Step 6
Place several drops of head cement on the thread and allow to dry for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove the jig from the vise, and you are ready to fish.

Tips & Warnings

Use a toothpick to paint eyes with the jig paint. Doing this with glow-in-the-dark paint can really make your lure stand out.
Don't get head cement on the marabou feathers, as it will hinder the jig's action.

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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