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Old 12-16-2019, 09:16 PM
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Have you ever made your own fishing tackle: lures, sinkers, floats, and bobbers? (Please share your tips and tricks in this thread!)

Or, would you like to learn how? This article in Backwoods Home will help you get started:

https://www.backwoodshome.com/make-y...RxxyxhHeiRyciU



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The only time I've done that is friends and i would fold the end of a can after it had been removed by the can opener. Fold it into narrow rectangle and paint one side red. Attach swivel and treble hook. Made spinners.
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I take my new Mepps spinners in sizes 1 and 2 apart and put smaller Eagle Claw treble on them. I also replace rusted, broken or damage hooks. Buy them now while cheap - good hooks are hard to make. Fresh made mono filament stored in like a 30 Cal ammo can protects it from UV and ozone.
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I have been tying my own trout & salmon flies for about 40 years.
A decent kit & materials run around $100

All sorts of "how to" books available, as well as UTUBE videos.

Once you get into it, you can save a LOT of money, saving game bird feathers from those you shot, as well as hair & fur off hides.

Takes practice & patience to get good at it.

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+1 to the above....

I tie my own flies and my own pan fishing jigs. Using corks from wine bottles I make popping bobbers and slip bobbers. In the past I have also poured my own soft plastic baits and cast my own fishing weights for cat fishing.

Doing your own flies can be a little pricey at first to jump into, but once you have your basics and some supplies/materials you can tie a gang of them for a whole lot cheaper than they can be bought! I have found clouser minnows to work like gang busters on Crappie here in the south. For my pan fishing jigs, mainly for Crappie, i buy a bag of 100 jigs from cabelas, paint them, bake them to a hard finish and then using my fly tying kit, put a body and tail on them, still at a very considerable savings.
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Back in the late 1960's I read an article in Popular Mechanics on how to make lures out of old table spoons. I made many and they actually worked.
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WWWAAAYYYY back in my misspent youth in Canada when I was hanging out with some bush people, they showed me this trick.

You take a piece of bone, the size depends upon the size of the fish you are after. But lets say for trout. You take about a 2- 2 1/2" long piece of bone and work a hole into the center of the length. The hole has to be big enough to take the line. Next take you bait, worms work best and thread the worm almost the full length of the bone. In this case you would leave about and inch of bone exposed. Toss it in the water. It may take a few different strikes but the fish will suck it into its throat and down the hatch. Once the fish has taken the bait you give a quick tug on the line and the exposed sharp end should dig into something and once that happens the whole bone will try to turn sideways. It is a good way to run night lines with a lot of patience.

You are out of hooks it is something to try.
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WWWAAAYYYY back in my misspent youth in Canada when I was hanging out with some bush people, they showed me this trick.

You take a piece of bone, the size depends upon the size of the fish you are after. But lets say for trout. You take about a 2- 2 1/2" long piece of bone and work a hole into the center of the length. The hole has to be big enough to take the line. Next take you bait, worms work best and thread the worm almost the full length of the bone. In this case you would leave about and inch of bone exposed. Toss it in the water. It may take a few different strikes but the fish will suck it into its throat and down the hatch. Once the fish has taken the bait you give a quick tug on the line and the exposed sharp end should dig into something and once that happens the whole bone will try to turn sideways. It is a good way to run night lines with a lot of patience.

You are out of hooks it is something to try.
I've done something similar with wood. I have made gorge "hooks" by carving a twig to a sharp point at both ends, about an inch long, then notching out a groove in the middle for the line.

I bait the gorge so that it remains parallel with the line, (pointy ends facing up and down, not sideways).

I learned to wait for the fish to swallow the "hook" before giving the line a tug. If I jerked on it too soon, the gorge would slip out of its mouth. And that would be the fish that got away.


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I recently poured about 25 lbs. of sinkers for fishing in the Gulf. I have carved crank baits and made my own spinners, flies, etc. I also recover old and broken lures when I go fishing or hunting yard sales and refurbish them. Saves tons of money.

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Ive always wanted to make my own Kastmasters because I lose alot and they are not cheap. I thought about buying brass stock and kinda shaping it, polishing it and drilling a couple holes, add the split rings and hook. Seems pretty simple.

I just lost one two weeks ago
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I have made many; Bucktail dressed jigs; made spinnerbaits; wrapped my own rods from scratch from blank to finished rods. Fresh water bass fishing rods and lures.

Now I doubt you can make a good rods with good components and save money. Many manufacturers sell great rods for less than making your own. MPO.

I made my own sinkers and jigs from wheel weights given to me by a tire shop owner.
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Do home made cherry bombs count? We floated a few fish back in the day as kids.

On the other side.... in scouts we made and painted many, the former worked better...

I like picking through flea markets and such now looking for older gear very little of it gets used though, i just like the nostalgia of it, and talking to the oldster for a bit.

That may be me sooner than I think.
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Been an avid fisherman since i got my picture in the paper holding a nice trout in 1955. Often discuss w/ other fishing buds, what one lure would you depend on in a survival situation. While this may vary w/ specie or local I would go with a black lead head 1/4 oz jig. Just the black painted head and its hook. Tear or cut an appropriate size cloth from any old tee shirt and wire it on to make the body.
When its wet you can cast a mile, when its submerged the cloth is neutral buoyant. Fav. Is black, like a leech. I can clean house on the world famous San Juan River quality water or Lee’s Ferry on the Co. river w/ this jig.
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When I was young, we all made our own ice-fishing rigs from discarded pool cues, cut to size; a big nail inserted into the skinny end, sharp end coming straight out, and 2 wooden sewing bobbins (spools?) spaced about a foot apart to wrap the line around. Chipped your hole out, sat on a bucket. Nobody had tents, shelters, heaters. You would have gotten laughed off the lake.
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WWWAAAYYYY back in my misspent youth in Canada when I was hanging out with some bush people, they showed me this trick.

You take a piece of bone, the size depends upon the size of the fish you are after. But lets say for trout. You take about a 2- 2 1/2" long piece of bone and work a hole into the center of the length. The hole has to be big enough to take the line. Next take you bait, worms work best and thread the worm almost the full length of the bone. In this case you would leave about and inch of bone exposed. Toss it in the water. It may take a few different strikes but the fish will suck it into its throat and down the hatch. Once the fish has taken the bait you give a quick tug on the line and the exposed sharp end should dig into something and once that happens the whole bone will try to turn sideways. It is a good way to run night lines with a lot of patience.

You are out of hooks it is something to try.
This bone thing is a great idea.
If this is not a hook, what is it called?

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Teach a man to make fishing gear and he will have an income for a lifetime.”
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I pour weights and refurbish old lures. I will repaint them and put new hooks on them. We magnet fish so we get some rough looking ones sometimes.
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Back in the 60s and 70s, we used to use old sodacan/beercan pull tabs for reflectors, and used enamel paint from model making kits it if we wanted to use it as a lure. I'm sure that one could fashion the same thing from an aluminum can with a pair of tin snips today.

If we needed a Bobber, a corn cob from last season's corn crib or an old wine cork would suffice.
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