Components for Making Fishing Lures

Updated February 21, 2017

Using the right fishing lure can make all of the difference, no water what type of fish you are after. According to Take Me Fishing, lures come in a number of different colours, shapes, sizes and styles, including poppers, surface plugs, spinners, crank baits and buzz baits. Making your own fishing lures is not only a fun craft but also a great way to save money. You will need several components to make your own lures.

Split Rings

Split rings are small, circular coils of metal that you can pull apart in order to attach various other components. They then return to their original ring shapes, preventing the components from sliding off. In everyday life, many individuals rely on split rings to hold their key chains and keys together. According to Jann's Netcraft, you can use split rings for connecting a variety of different fishing lure parts, including swivels, blades and line.


A swivel is a small metal component that you can add to the end of your lure where it meets the line, which allows the lure to turn freely, or swivel. According to Pier Fishing in California, the most popular variety of swivels are barrel swivels. A barrel swivel features a central, ball bearing-like weight, known as the barrel, which has two connector rings protruding from either end.


A clevis is a forked or U-shaped metal connecting component that utilises a removable pin or bolt for opening and closing. Unlike a split ring, it does not consists of one continuous structure. According to Jann's Netcraft, lure makers commonly use clevises for assembling spinners that feature one or more spinner blades positioned around a central wire shaft.

Spinner Blades

Spinner blades are thin, typically oval or fish-shaped reflective strips of metal that are meant to imitate live baitfish. According to Jann's Netcraft, while some blades are completely smooth and reflect single points of light, others have a hammered, or scaled, finish that allows them to reflect light in a number of different directions.

Buzz Blades

According to Take Me Fishing, buzz bait is a type of surface lure that features a hook and skirt, or lengths of hair or tubing, on one end and a buzz blade on the other. A buzz blade is a miniature metal propeller, which spins around as you reel the lure in. This generates a distinctive buzzing sound that gives the component its name.


Adding beads to a lure is great way to introduce colours for attracting fishing. According to Jann's Netcraft, beads come in a variety of sizes, colours and finishes, such as glossy or nonglossy. They are typically comprised of plastic, although some are also made from metal.

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