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Basics to start making my own lures

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Hey Scoot: I've been building bucktails for a number of years for my own use. My dad taugaht me most of what I know. It's a lot of fun to experiment with different looks and materials. In fact I rarely use a commercial bucktail anymore. The equipment can be pretty basic to get started and then you can grow from there. My advice is keep it simple. I assume your asking here about equipment and not components. Here's a short equipment list to get started.

1.Wire cutter capable of cutting stainless single strand wire of choice.

2.Needle nose pliers.

3.Wire bending pliers. Cabela's carries a good one for around $25. Sounds like a lot of money for a simple looking tool but it beats the heck out of trying to make a round bend with a flat jaw of a regular needle nose pliers.

4. Tying vise with heavy duty jaws

5. A tying bobbin with ceramic insert for your thread.

6. A good, sharp, quality scissors.

Hair/other dressings, beads(for looks and bearings), clevises, wire/shafts, blades, hooks, and bodies of your choice. Also, go to a bike shop or lawnmower shop and scavange the sheathing from old brake or throttle cables. I get mine for nothing. It works great to tie your dressing to and allows you to make them any length you want.

I would suggest you start with .035 wire. It's relatively easy to work with and is still stiff enough for musky size tails. After you get going you'll probably want to stiffen up a bit, but from my experience .035 is a good place to start. If I can be of help don't hesitate to contact me. I'll share what little I know. Good luck and have some fun making your own creations.

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Are you referring to tied (bucktail/spinnerbait) lures, or plugs(jerkbaits, cranks)?

I'm assuming your referring to bucktails.. or tied lures, and spinner bodies.

You will need a quality vice as stated in an earlier post... you will not be happy with the performance of a cheap vice, nor will it last long trying to grasp 7/0 hooks. Another option that works very well is to make a base, or take the base from another vise (clamp style, or tabletop) and have a pair of vice grips welded to the top. This will hold well, but will not rotate.. but is much cheaper.

A good bobbin is priceless.. something that will not tear up your thread.

Thread.. go to an industrial sewing shop and ask for the largest diameter braided thread they have that will not rot... it will cost you $50 a spool.. but it will keep you supplied for 30 years, and beats paying $2/50' spool at the fly shop.

Wire .. for musky bucktails, do not go smaller than .051 wire. This can be formed with a good quality pair of wire bending pliers with some effort, or, spend the $100 and get a Boggs tacklemaker(or similar product) and that will greatly assist you in making all kinds of wire bodies and forms... not to mention save on pain and frustration.

Blades, Lure Bodies, clevises, Hooks, etc... Get in touch with Stamina Tackle and they have a great line of excellent components, lure building equipment, etc. Look up Stamina Inc on a search engine.. or try dot com.

If you have any other direct questions, feel free to email me directly. If your really serious about getting into this, I may be able to give you good deal on some equipment and supplies that I no longer use.

fisherdave@peoplepc.com

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I'd like to start making some of my own lures. I'm mostly thinking about muskie lures- what do I need to get started? Any books or videos that might be particularly helpful? How about completely necessary tools or equipment?
Scoot

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Thanks guys. That about covers it for bucktails. How about plugs, as Fisher Dave mentioned? What do I need for them? Also, what types of lures lend themselves well to homemade creation? I'd imagine a Jackpot style lure to be relatively easy, but I'm not a huge fan of this style lure. What else isn't too tough for a fella who's got no skills or savvy with his hands?
Scoot

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Scoot,
I have been making and modifying lures for years. I make lures that are similar to; Suicks, Jackpots, Jakes and ReefHawgs. And I will make 'adjustments' to almost every lure out there.

As far as what you will need; Dremel tool is a must. Jig saw, Router, carving hand tools and lots of sand paper. Get eye scews that are at least 1" if not the 1 1/2" depending on how big the lure is. Go with the ones that are .093 or .154 in diameter, good heavy split rings and some flex-coat or enviro-teks (sp?) for your top coats. As far as painting goes -- I don't make pretty lures! I use spray cans and little brushes to add detail -- nothing that compares to Hughes River, but I still catch plenty of fish. You will also want to get some lead or other material to weight your wooden lures, you will be amazed how much weight a piece of wood can support.

Good Luck with your project -- if you have any questions (ssedesky@cs.com)

Steve

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