Fishing lures can be purchased pre-made, but many times it is more efficient, and more fun, to make the lures yourself. With a few simple supplies, you can make fishing lures customized to catch your fish of choice.
Spinner blades produce a reflection off water and light, which attracts fish. Small spinner blades drop the line lower into the water, while large spinner blades give more lift to the fishing lure, causing it to sit just under the water’s surface.
Jigs and Floats
Jigs and floats are designed to let you know when there’s been a strike on your line, causing the float to quickly bob under the water. These also come in a variety of weights, allowing you to place your bait as high or low in the water as you like.
Buzz spoons, used for bass fishing, are designed to keep bait in place when fishing in thick, heavy cover waters. These spoons either screw in, or tie on, preventing them from getting lost in debris.
Reflector Paints and Tapes
Reflector tapes are typically carried in neon colors, allowing you to see your lure in deep waters, while attracting fish at the same time. These come in a variety of colors, and can be attached to almost any part of the fishing lure, as they adhere with waterproof tape. Reflector tapes, on the other hand, are painted directly onto any part of the lure, and contain a UV-reflector that most commonly attracts trout, bass, carp, and bluegill.
Split rings are most easily used with a pair of pliers, and work easily to attach and detach lure parts. These are heavily durable in all types of water, and work more quickly than tying parts together by hand.
The wire is the most basic supply for making a lure, as the wire holds pieces together, and forms the shape you want to achieve. Fishing wire is typically made of heavy-duty stainless steel and is purchased by the roll.