In a world that was once dominated by lead weights, steel-spinning spoons and animal-product flies, soft, plasticized polymers changed everything. From tasty looking twisting worms to insect shapes to fluttering plankton, polymers are used to make some of the most innovative and cutting-edge fishing lures on the market.
A popular option for many anglers, polymer clay allows fisherman to design and create their own fishing lures. Made from polyvinyl chloride, not actually clay, this polymer is malleable and can be combined with elements of other popular lures, including spoons, feathers and weights to make the ultimate fishing lures. Polymer clay is readily available at many craft stores and has a reasonable price tag. For hand-crafted fishing lures at a fraction of the cost of tying your own flies, Polymer clay is a fun and innovative choice.
Silicone is a popular element in many fishing lures because of its flexibility. Silicone is a polymer made from combining silicon with other elements, including oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Silicone is most commonly used to make a "skirt" for a lure, which is a tassel of strands that cause the lure to float and twist realistically. The skirt is typically combined with a spoon to create a complete illusion for the target fish. Silicone skirts are popular on lures for landing Musky and Pike.
Micro Fiber PVC
Every year, more than 12,000 tons of soft plastic lures wind up on the floor of America's waterways due to lures falling off of their hooks. Thanks to a new development, micro fibers can be added to PVC that allows them to remain flexible without being fragile. This solution, marketed under the name IronClad, allows anglers to continue to use their favorite types of lures.
Article Written By Beau Prichard
Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.