Anyone who’s serious about trout fishing will happily talk to you for hours about rods, reel and lures. While a modern fishing pole is often a complex piece of equipment, a lure can be much simpler, more personal and even have a bit of its own unspeakable magic. Since different fishing conditions may require a change in lures, it’s always helpful to at least have a few.
Types of Lures
IntenseAngler explains the difference between four common lure types. Rooster-tail lures have an attractor and a tail. A Panther-Martin lure also has a flickering attractor, but no tail, so it’s a bit simpler overall. The color and size of these lures can impact their success. A spoon has a metal attractor with a slightly different shape, that move a bit differently than other lures. A Rapala or Plug lure is fabricated to look like one of the fish a trout would prey on, taking a different approach than other common lures.
Making a Trout Lure
Ari J explains all fo the elements needed to make an inline trout spinner. It’s a little more complicated than you might expect with the following pieces: stainless steel closed eye wire shaft, wire clevis, French spinner blade, small bead (for a bearing), small lure body, larger lure body and treble hook. Bends in the wire and placement of the bearing all affect how the lure sits in the water and flickers, which means trying different combinations makes sense.
Dressing and Assembling a Flying Minnow Lure
In the following video, Paul Adams doesn’t make lures from scratch, but adapts a flying c into a flying minnow for catching trout. Along the way he demonstrates how to dress the hook, build the body and assembling the lure.
Soda Can Trout Fishing Lure
For those who want to have a little economical fun making a fishing lure, Sick Projects shows how to turn a soda can into one. You may want to wear gloves for this how-to since can edges can be sharp. Just in case you’re wondering, a hook, Sharpie and paperclip are needed to finish the job.
Flattened Penny Lure
The flattened penny lure is several steps up from the one made out of a pop can, but still economically priced. You’ll need a drill, metal stamp and some cheap jewelry, but the finished piece is impressive and comes with quite a story.
LEGO Piece Fishing Lure
A lot of things can be used to make a lure, including a LEGO. In this video, Swearin’ Sailor makes a catch using a lure with a hook attached to a yellow rectangle block. Other how-tos show that a LEGO lure is put together using a bit of super-glue. Still this catch is pretty impressive to see.