17 Parts You’ll Want For Making Insanely Good DIY Lures

Parts For DIY Lures

DIY lures don’t have to be difficult to make, they can be really simple. Most of what you’ll need is sitting on the shelves at your local hardware store. And a basic toolkit for DIY lures is pretty cheap and easy to get too. But as your lure making skills and ambitions advance you’ll probably find yourself looking for more. Specialty parts, cool accessories and neat lure making tools aren’t essential. But they can sure make the job of making a few wooden lures a lot more fun. So for this article I went through the workshop and made a list of the various … more

Balsa Lure Options: Two Easy Ways To Make Awesome Baits!

Balsa Lure Making Options

Lately I’ve enjoyed going back to basics. As a result, balsa lure making is firmly back on my agenda, for the first time in years. I’d almost forgotten how much I enjoy working with Balsa! Now, lots of folks will tell you that balsa is too soft for lures…. I beg to differ. There are many lure making applications where balsa is prefect, as I discuss in my article on the best wood for making fishing lures. It’s one of the original lure making timbers and used correctly, still one of the best. Plus, you can harden balsa lure bodies after shaping. See Balsa Lure Resources … more

Lure Parts: What Do You Need To Make Quality Lures?

Wooden Lure Making 101 Lure Parts

When I first got started at wooden lure making there was no option….. I had to make all of my lure parts myself. These days lure making has become so popular there is an amazing range of lure parts online. It certainly makes the job a lot easier! But now beginners are faced with a different problem: What lure parts do I need and what ones could or should I make for myself? In this article I’ll walk you through just a few of the lure parts that are readily available to these days, with a few hints and tips for their … more

7 Tips For How To Use Screw Eyes

How To Use Screw Eyes For Maximum Strength

Want to know how to use screw eyes for lure making? I know it seems like a simple thing to do, but the truth is that there’s a STRONG way to use them and a WEAK way. And just a few little tricks can make all the difference, so read on my friend! One of the challenges with screw eyes for wooden lure making is that the tow point and the rear hook hanger are usually driven into end grain. And end grain has poor thread strength. And it gets worse. End grain has the highest potential for water absorption and the … more

5 Success Tips For Using Shop-Bought Wood Lure Blanks

Wood lure blanks: Popper Bodies

Personally, I love to make my lures from scratch, almost every part lovingly hand crafted. And to be honest, wood lure blanks have always seemed like a bit of a cheat’s way into lure making. After all, you just buy, sand, paint, add some hooks, maybe a diving lip and then start catching fish, right? Errrr… not quite! Pre-shaped wood lure blanks might save you a bit of work on shaping lure bodies. They’ll certainly help ensure your wooden lure bodies are properly shaped. And they make it easier to create lots of identical lures (or close to it). But wood lure blanks … more

Homemade Lures Using Screw Eyes

When it comes to homemade lures, there are two popular ways to attach the tow point (line tie) or the hook hangers. One is a through wire and the other is the small threaded eyes that are available from lure making parts suppliers. There will always be debate in lure making circles about which of the two is best for homemade lures. For the record, I usually prefer to make a through wire for my wooden lures – but I use use off-the-shelf lure making parts like screw eyes as well sometimes. There is no doubt that screw eyes can be … more

5 Tips For Making A Homemade Lure Using Screw Eyes

Homemade lure using screw eyes

These days, making your first homemade lure is a lot simpler than in the past. For starters, lure parts are much easier to find, especially online. Back in the day it was necessary to make everything from scratch…. not so these days! The humble screw eye is an excellent example of one of those off-the-shelf lure making components. They can make your first homemade lure project a lot simpler. And once you know how to use screw eyes properly they take most punishment that fishing throws up. Screw eyes don’t require the cutting of a slot into your wooden lure bodies. Nor do you … more