How To Make A Fishing Lure
Although there are numerous quality lures on the market, this video will teach you how to make your own. Very informative VideoJug tutorial on the many different lures available for different types of fishing.
Hi, I'm Gavin Hodgson, fly fishing instructor and manager of Granger's Fishing Tackle, here in South Kensington, London. We're going to talk you through some of the techniques and how to get started in fishing. How to make a fishing lure.
Many things to consider, I guess. Uh, first of all, why would you? There are so many available, so many available at various prices and the manufacturers have pretty much got this down to a tee. They're excellent quality, the hooks are usually pretty good, but I can understand, I guess, if you like making things, if you have lots of time on your hands, and you're good at building things, then fair enough.
What I'll do is I'll talk about the key features of a lure. Here's a giant. Now this is ridiculous, we're not going to use it for anything, but it's a model that we keep in the shop here.
Now, I guess, features to consider. This would be a surface popping lure, but the constructional features. Obviously, the eye's important, that's where we're going to attach our main line to.
On a good lure, we'd have that wire, which would be very strong, going right through the body of the lure, twisting down into this eye here, coming back right to the end, and forming a loop at the end. Now, all of those loops would be the same strand, and that's the important part, that right through the body of the main lure, you've got a single strand of wire. Very heavy duty, and not going to bend, not going to break the casing of the lure, but that there, you can then attach your hooks to, and your main line to, and feel very confident that it's going to do the job.
Now obviously, what hooks we choose, that's down to your personal preference. Most of these manufactured lures come with a selection of trebles, three trebles, two trebles. Personally, I like fishing a double.
If it was me, I would have a double, and a single, and I think you get a better hook-up ratio, but that's debatable. Many other things to think about - colors, obviously, that's going to depend on where you're fishing, what species you're fishing for, what depth of water, what color of water, many things to consider. But obviously, once you've got the color established, then you'll notice that with all these lures, there's a different shape to the body, a different shape to the bib, which is the front of the lure, and that would basically determine how the lure's going to sink and how it's going to fish.
First of all, buoyant lures. Buoyant lures with a bib. Uh, if we, if we consider that being a floating lure so that when we're not retrieving, that's going to sit right on the surface.
But the second we start retrieving, it's going to dive. Now the size of the bib here will determine what depth it's going to dive to. So large bib, we have a large bib lure somewhere here.
A large bib on this lure will dive much deeper than the bib on this lure. This lure's going to dive to approximately 6 to 8 feet. This lure's going to dive a lot deeper.
In fact, the manufacturer quotes up to 15 feet. So obviously, that still needs to be considered when making a lure for whatever fishing place you're going to. Things like jiggle, sorry, the wiggle bodies.
The wiggle bodies are obviously designed to give us a nice, free-flowing wiggle action, like a lot of small fish would do, swimming along in the water. This one here is a rainbow trout lure, a very, very good lure for, for trout, for larger trout, and for pike and perch. A very effective lure for salt water use, obviously, flashy profile is good, so a real holographic look about the body.
On a lot of these patterns, you'll see a real shiny surface to them, and that's going to work very well in the sunlight, and when fishing at sea. Another, another good feature to a lot of the more modern lures, this one has a rattle. So basically, when we retrieve that, it's going to have a little ball bearing bouncing around inside, which gives us a noise.
Fish feel vibration