Luremaking can be as complex as you let it be. You can have masses of tools to make the job easier or more fun. But sometimes it makes a lot of sense to dumb things down and go mega-basic. Let me give an example.
As I write this post, my family is on a road trip. That means getting the family and all their camping gear, my fishing tackle, tech gear, kids toys, food, water, fuel and the beloved family dog into one very tight space. And since the trip will take me away from the workbench for a while I decided to make room for lure making gear too. But there are limitations to my family’s tolerance. That means no one is willing to nurse a bandsaw on their lap for a long journey. Trust me, I asked.
To take luremaking away with me I had to rationalize down to the simplest and most compact of tool kits. Mine is an extreme example of course. But it illustrates that it’s possible to make some very advanced lures with just a handful of simple tools. If you’re just new to luremaking, take note 😉
Luremaking At It’s Simplest. What Do You Absolutely Need?
Let’s leave painting lures out of the equation. I’m running some courses during my travels, so my paints and gear were already packed into the truck, along with a bunch of finished lure bodies ready for color. But lets imaging you just need to make some wooden lure bodies.
In my case, I needed a luremaking kit so I could churn out a few timber bodies whilst sitting around a campfire enjoying a cleansing ale. Here is what I packed:
- A sharp blade. I prefer a chisel, but a carving gouge, craft knife or other blade is fine. A rasp or file can be ok too, whatever works for you.
- Round, side cutting and pointy nosed are good for bending through wires and screwing in eyes
- A hacksaw. Great for cutting all kinds of stuff. Works well as a makeshift slot cutter for through wires and diving lips
- A battery drill and bits. Optional, I guess, but great for 3D eyes, weights, rattles and so on. I charge mine from the campsite using inverters and solar.
- A small set square and measuring tools for getting everything square and straight.
Chuck in a couple of consumables like some pre-cut lips, small weights, rattles, 3D eyes and sandpaper and my luremaking is mobile. It actually fits into a shoebox!
NOTE: Even though my travel kit is very basic, I can make 80% or more of my Masterclass project lures from the campsite. It might take a little longer, but there’s no rush when I’m waiting for the camp oven to cook.
In my eBooks I walk lure makers through the essentials of setting up a basic kit.
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