How to Make Your Own Spinners and Lures

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How to Make Your Own Spinners and Lures
Make your own spinners and poppers for fishing success. (trout image by michael langley from

Making your own lures is a great hobby and allows for a high degree of customisation in regard to size and colour. Many people choose to make their own lures to save money, and others enjoy relaxing as they create lures that will hopefully attract a trophy fish. Two popular types of lures that many anglers make are in-line spinners and popper lures. Spinners and poppers are used on a wide variety of game fish and certainly are capable of attracting and catching fish.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lure making wire
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Metal beads
  • Treble hook
  • Spinner blade and clevis
  • Cork stopper
  • Knife
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Long shank hook
  • Epoxy glue
  • Damp paper towel
  • Enamel paint and brush

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    In-Line Spinners

  1. 1

    Clamp the lure-making wire with a pair of needle nose pliers 2 inches from the end. Bend the wire around the pliers to form a U shape.

  2. 2

    Slide a treble hook on to the U bend and bend the wire around the pliers to form a loop. Wrap the wire around the main wire two times. Use a second pair of pliers to help bend and wrap the wire if necessary. Cut excess wire from the end with wire cutters.

  3. 3

    Slide two or three metal beads down the wire to that they rest against the wrapped wire above the hook. The beads will form the body of the spinner and also serve as weight.

  4. 4

    Place a U shaped clevis through the hole of a spinner blade. Slide the clevis and blade assembly onto the lure wire. Feed the wire through the holes located on the end of the U shaped clevis.

  5. 5

    Place another bead on the wire above the clevis to serve as a bearing and spacer. Clamp the wire about 1 inch above the last bead. Bend the wire around the nose of the pliers and then wrap it around the main wire two times. Adjust the wire so that the beads and spinner blade move freely. Cut excess wire with a pair of wire cutters.

    Cork Body Popper

  1. 1

    Place a cork stopper on a sturdy work surface so it is laying on its side. Cut a slit in the cork from the larger end to the smaller end that is about 1/2-inch deep.

  2. 2

    Place a long shank hook into the slit cut in the cork stopper. Position the hook so that the eye extends slightly from the larger end. The bend of the hook should extend from near the small end of the cork body.

  3. 3

    Glue the hook in place with epoxy glue. It might be necessary to mix the glue before use. Typically, the mixture involves mixing two parts of the adhesive together and then apply it to the project. Work the glue well into the cut in the cork so that it contacts the hook and seals the cut. Allow the epoxy glue to cure completely before continuing.

  4. 4

    Sand the cork popper with fine grit sand paper. Add custom shape to the popper and smooth any epoxy from around the hook or cut in the cork. Wipe the popper body with a damp paper towel to remove sanding dust.

  5. 5

    Paint the popper with enamel model or lure paint. Use a small detail brush to apply paint to resemble a toad, frog, mouse or large insect. Allow the paint to dry before using the popper.

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