Tables for Weighted Spinners

Use the tables, on the next several pages, to assemble well balanced, functional spinners. Each table is for a different series of spinners. I have and continue to use most of the following spinners. I do have my own favourites but you have to decide for yourself which will be yours. The spinners meet the requirements of all fisherman. First, they are well balanced, have instantaneous blade spin the second the spinner hits the water. Which is exactly what you want in a spinner. Secondly,...

Spoon Doctoring

There are many adjustments you can do to your spoons to change their action. Try these on you spoons and you just might be amazed the change will have on the fish catching ability of your spoons. These tricks work on both casting and trolling 1. Reverse the spoon. Put the hook on the front of the spoon and run the spoon backwards. It may not work on all spoons but it often changes the action wobble of the spoon considerably which is just what you need to get that fish to strike. 2. Attach a...

Surgeons Loop

You will have to tie a loop knot at the other end of your line but only after the spinner components have been slid onto the rig. There are a number of strong easy to tie loop knots around. The rapala loop knot is popular but for some reason some anglers have difficulty tying it. The Surgeon's End Loop is easier to tie and just as strong about 80 line strength . O Double end of line to form loop and tie over hand knot at base of double line. Leave loop open in knot and bring doubled line...

Trout Drift Spinner

A great spinner for all species but excels at catching large trout in medium sized rivers. The Indiana blade is standard on this spinner but you can use an equal sized French Blade. The trout drift spinner use a plastic bead in the middle of the spinner body. Any colour may be used but I believe a cherry red or salmon red coloured bead is the most effective. The bearing bead is a hollow metal bead. The trout drift spinner use a plastic bead in the middle of the spinner body. Any colour may be...

Putting the Buzz Bait Together

Follow these three quick steps to making your own Buzz Baits. Have a pair of needle nose pliers ready. Slide on the hollow metal bead onto the buzz bait arm. It will prevent the blade from getting hung up on the wire arm. Now slide on the buzz blade followed by the rivet. Make a 90 downward bend on the shaft after the rivet. Leave enough room so the blade can spin freely on the shaft. Now the last set is rather easy. Simply slide the skirt of your choice onto the shoulder of the molded body....

Requirements

Before you begin tying trebles you will need a few basic tools. You will require a hook vise, a bobbin and a small pair of clippers scissors . Tying bucktail, squirrel tail, calftail trebles orjigs is somewhat similar. The major difference is to create a fuller bucktail you may wish to tie two collars of bucktail on larger trebles. Follow this simple guide and illustrations below. Cover the hook shank with tread and head cement to form a bed for the hair. Tie on small bunches of hair letting...

Painting Your Components

You can easily paint most of your components by following this simple guide. Remember to always paint in a well ventilated area. Many paints produce strong odours and vapours which I may cause serious injury. Brushing is by far easiest method and requires the least preparation. Use a small 1 4 brush. Always use several thin coats instead of one heavy coat. Paint very carefully and avoid overlapping strokes. Always thin the paint you are using to prevent drips from drying on the lure. If drips...

Blade Surfaces

The blade surface may be smooth, hammered, fluted or ribbed. These are often a matter of preference to the angler, but there is a difference between the surfaces. Smooth Blades Smooth blades are generally the most popular blade. The surface is smooth and thus creates the least amount of water resistance. Hammered Blades Hammered blades have many small dimples stamped into the blade. These dimples effect the blade in two ways. First the dimples create some additional water resistance which...

Harness Hook Samples

The Sproat Straight eye Eagle Claw 84 hook is generally used on harnesses when they are assembled with nylon coated wire and a connection sleeve is used to make the connection. Wide Bend Short Shank Treble Eagle Claw 954 Wide Bend Short Shank Treble Eagle Claw 954 Shown on the right are a few possible combinations of hooks. 1 Ideal for leeches and minnows. Use a size 6 with leeches. 2 Ideal for night crawlers. You may also add a third hook for light strikes. 3 The deluxe method for minnows. No...

Making Weighted Spinners

Spinners are by far Canada's favourite lure. The reasons for their popularity is rather simple. They catch a lot of fish. More than any other lure. They work well in both clear and murky water conditions. The revolving blade creates a fish attracting flash which is visible in clear water from great distances. In murky water the blade vibration attracts fish from great distances. Clearly, spinners are the most effective and popular lure so I will dedicate a lot of space to their assembly....

Blades Spoon Brass Spinner Bodies

It is recommended that you use lacquer paints, also called car paint. Many colours are available through automotive departments in spray cans. Enamel paint may also be used but they dry very slowly. Before you actually paint any brass or nickel plated metal, it should be etched. Etching will clean the blade and allow the paint to adhere very well. If you decide not to etch the blade the paint may chip and peel more easily. Simply dip your blade or body into the etching solution, available at...

Sonic Inline Spinners

A fantastic spinner for all trout species in the smaller sizes size 1 to 3 . A killer spinner on bass, pike and musky in sizes 4 to 7. Sonic In-Line Spinner Component Chart Use 3 16 and 7 32 Solid brass beads as part of the body if you need maximum weight otherwise use hollow metal beads. All bearing beads are hollow metal.

Selecting Hooks

Selecting the proper hook is almost as important as the blade itself. Before you actually decide what type of hook to use, consider the bait you will be using with each spinner. There are several types of hooks which work well and have high hooking percentages on harnesses. Most commercial harnesses use the live bait hook. It is the most popular hook used on harness construction in the United States. It is somewhat less popular with Canadian tackle manufactures. In Canada, the long-shank...

Making Stinger Rigs

Stinger rigs are a great way of catching those short striking fish. Use stingers with jigs and other baits. Make your own using a short length of nylon coated wire, monofiliment or even a length of single strand 0.012 wire and attach to a quick clip attachment and treble hook. Look over the Standard Crimping Method to review how to connect the treble and quick clip attachment to the wire. I recommend that you use a small treble size 10 or 12. If fishing for very large fish use a size 8 or 6...

Molding Lead

Molding Lead

Molding your own lead heads is quick and easy. Serious luremakers invest in a few inexpensive lure molds and some melting equipment Not only can you mold spinnerbait and buzz bait heads but also many types of jig and sinkers. While the required tools are inexpensive, you should consider a quality lead melting pot. The pot along with a ladle works well and is a good investment for beginners. The melting pots are available in several capacities sizes . First, always use eye protection, gloves and...

Making Leaders Snap Swivels

Connector Sleeve Wire Leader

Making your own leaders and high quality snap swivels is a straight forward and simple task. Leaders are made up of three parts. A swivel on one end, a snap on the other end with a length of wire or line between the two ends. Making your own leaders is the only way you can end up with a leader that will exactly meet your needs. Forget about using commercial wire leaders. First, decide what length of leader you will need and the strength you will require. Expert anglers almost always make their...

Spinner Harnesses

Making your own spinner harnesses is extremely quick and easy. They require few tools and can be made virtually anywhere. I clearly understand why most walleye anglers today make their own spinner harness rigs. Harnesses can be made on monofiliment line or nylon coated stainless steel wire. As a general rule walleye harnesses are made with monofiliment and pike harnesses are made with nylon coated stainless steel wire. Always use the lightest line practical to avoid spooking fish. There is an...

Buzz Baits

Buzz baits are just as easy to make as are spinnerbaits. These weedless lures are fished on the surface. The blades are sold in the same sizes as the heads. For example if you are making a 1 4oz buzz bait use a 1 4oz size buzz blade. Use a hollow metal bead in front of your buzz blade and a rivet after the blade. If You Plan To Mold Your Own Heads Use

Fast Current Deep Water French Spinners

Here is a series of French Spinners that have evolved for fishing fast current and deeper water situations. A word of warning before using these spinners is that they cast like bullets and sink like rocks. They do however, catch a lot more fish in special situations. Situations like when the fish have moved deeper than you can normally get with an average weighted spinner or when the current is just too strong for achieving anything more than surface skipping with your average weighted...

Large Willow Leaf Bucktail Spinners

These spinners are very much like the above Fluted Bucktail spinner except the blade used is an oversized willow leaf blade. The advantage with a willow leaf blade is that this spinner can be fished much deeper than the French or the Fluted bucktail spinner. Every serious pike and musky angler should have a selection of these large willow leaf bucktail spinners. Large Willow Leaf Bucktail Spinner Component Chart Hook Body Bearing Clevise Blade Size 5 32 4 or 6 7 Use solid brass beads on all of...

Blade Finishes

Polished Brass Is a brass blade stamped and polished. It will tarnish over time. A tarnished blade is often exactly what you want. I often purposely tarnish blades to make a less flashy spinner. Have you ever wondered why some old tarnished spinners catch so many fish Usually it is because the fish are a little nervous of too much flash. Polished amp Lacquered Is a brass or copper blade stamped and polished then lacquered. The lacquer protects the blade from tarnishing. Copper These blades are...

Assembling Your Spinner

Bell Sinker Fishing Line

First decide which hook s , blades, and beads you will be using and whether you will be using nylon coated wire or monofiliment. If you will be using wire you may prefer to use connection sleeves instead of tying the knots. If using monofiliment it is recommended that you use the lightest line as is practical. Harnesses are generally tied onto a length of monofiliment of three to six feet long. Cut a length of monofiliment line and snell on the hook s . Slide on beads,...

Weighted Spinner Bodies

Spinner bodies come in different shapes, sizes, weights, finishes and are manufactured in solid brass, molded from lead or plastic. Solid brass spinner bodies are turned one at a time, polished then plated or painted. Lead spinner bodies are generally molded right on the wire shaft then painted. Plastic lure bodies are either injection molded or ground to size. The purpose of a spinner body is for spinner weight and added attraction. The idea is to get the spinner quickly to the depth the fish...

Large Fluted Blade Bucktail Spinners

These spinners have an extremely large following with the die hard musky fishermen. And for good reason, they catch a lot of big musky and pike. Note they can be made using our spinner body combination or you can make them simply using only solid brass beads as an effective and heavy body. Large Fluted Blade Bucktail Spinner Component Chart All beads should be solid brass to maximize weight. The 6 x 11 32 means use 6 size 11 32 solid brass beads. As always, feel free to experiment with...

Design Elements of a Weighted Spinner

Spinner Lure Making

Take a good look at the spinner shown here. Note the different parts and their names. Take a good look at the spinner shown here. Note the different parts and their names. The most important element of a good working spinner is balance. You must have a well balanced spinner. An unbalanced spinner will either have spinner wobble, improper blade rotation or no blade rotation at all. What I mean by balance is simply balance the weight of the spinner so the weight is spread evenly over the length...

Spinner Blades

Spinner Blade Angle

Colorado 50 French amp Colorado 50 French amp Spinner blades have to be the most confusing item in our catalogue. Just think, we sell more than ten different types of blades in multiple finishes and sizes. Each blade has a distinctive angle of rotation, vibration, feel, flash and popular use. A blades angle of rotation is determined by the broadness of the blade. As an example the Colorado blade is one of the most broad of the blades available and has the largest angle of rotation as well as...

Weighted Forward Spinners

Weight Forward Spinners

Weight forward spinners are popular spinners for walleye on lake Erie and many other walleye lakes. The advantage with these spinners is that they are one of the best lures for suspended fish. They take many thousands of walleye, bass, pike and many other game fish each year. They also troll extremely well and don't twist line. These spinners consist of a straight wire shaft looped , a molded on lead head, a spinner blade usually a French blade several beads and a hook. You can mold your own...

Lake Trolls

Lake Troll

Lake trolls consist of several spinner 3 to 7 blades spaced apart on a length 12 to over 60 long of nylon coated wire with a trolling rudder on the front end to ensure there is no line twist and a crane snap swivel on the rear for lure or leader attachment. Generally they are used for trolling for lake trout. Lake trolls have been the backbone for lake trolling many years, and still are in many areas. They are extremely expensive but can be made for a fraction of the cost of store bought...

Unweighted Spinners

There are many unweighted spinners in use. June bug, swing, ripple, Colorado and Indiana blades are just a few of the blades used on these types of spinners. These spinners are built on a straight wire shaft. Usually an open loop shaft with a coil spring to hold the loop closed. You may also use the hook snap shaft which opens and closes easily. Most of these spinners consist of a straight wire shaft, several beads, a coil spring, one or two spinner blades and a stirrup clevise for each blade....

Blade Types and Their Uses

The Colorado blade is one of the most popular blades. Designed by John J. Hilderbrant, in 1899, it has been catching fish, for almost 100 years. Due to the Colorado blades being almost round in shape it has a large amount of water resistance and a rotation angle around the spinner shaft at about 50 degrees. Use the Colorado blade for slow retrieve situations and light currents. It is a popular blade for walleye spinner harnesses, spinnerbaits, Colorado spinners, weighted spinners and of course...

Before You Begin

Fishing Lure Tape

Before we jump into the fun stuff lets go over a few basic necessities of lure making. It is extremely important that you have a few basic tools. The following is a guide to deciding which tools you need, before you begin, based on the types of lures you will be building. Spinners, Spinner Baits, Buzz Baits, and Musky Spinners Spinners are by far the most popular lures used in Canada. Split ring pliers are only required if you decide to attach the hook using a split ring. t The Wire Forming...

Spinnerbaits

How Connect The Line Spinnerbait

One of the most popular bass lures ever developed. Now even popular for pike and musky as well as panfish. I have even taken trout on these amazing baits. The Spinnerbait is one of the few truly weedless spinners. It can be tossed into the heaviest cover and still not get caught up. If you only use a few dozen baits per season, purchase the spinnerbait heads pre-made and perhaps even painted. If you go through more, you may want to mold your own spinner bait heads to save even more....

Large French Bucktail Spinners

Homemade Ice Fishing Rigs

French Bucktail spinners are unbelievable big fish catchers. Their large size and bulkiness created by the bucktail attract the largest fish in the area. Don't pass up the opportunity to have these fish attractors in your tackle box. Shown here are similar spinners using different spinner bodies. The most commonly used spinner body on these spinners is the F body as shown above right. It is used in combination with a selection of solid brass beads. It is also used on the Fluted Bucktail...

Putting the Spinnerbait Together

How Attach Lure With Split Ring

Before you begin assembling your spinnerbaits decide if you want a single or tandem spinnerbait. If you want a tandem bladed spinnerbait you must first put the secondary blade on the upper arm. Have your pair of needle nose pliers handy. Tandem spinnerbaits only. Slide one or two beads on the upper arm. Then slide the blade down the upper arm. Now slide a few 2 to 3 beads down on top of the clevise. Always use at least one bead above and below the clevise. All spinnerbaits. Using your needle...

Clevises

Clevises are the small pieces of metal which hold the spinner blade in place and permit the blade to spin freely around the spinner shaft or monofiliment. Clevises come in two basic styles. Stirrup easy spin and folded. Stirrup clevises are the type you use on spinners with solid wire shafts while folded clevises are use on monofiliment and nylon coated wire. Stirrup clevises are formed from spring hardened brass wire for maximum strength. Folded clevises are stamped then formed by folding the...

Putting It All Together

To over simplify, building spinners, is basically placing a hook on a wire shaft, sliding on a spinner body, then dropping on a blade and forming a closed eye. Before you actually build a spinner look over the three methods of bending the eyes in the wire shafts, listed in the next section, and decide which method you want to try. Then look over the tables listing different spinner designs and choose a few to assemble. The quickest way to end up with a finished spinner is to begin with an open...

Plastic Crankbaits

For now I will assume you are starting with Real Pro's Crankbait bodies. These are unpainted crankbait bodies which only require to be painted and the attachment of hooks. See the chart below for the appropriate hook and split ring size for each crankbait. Painting these crankbait bodies may be done by dipping, air brushing or hand brushing. Please see next section on making and finishing wooden crankbaits for details.

Other Important Components

There are other components which individually may not seem very important to mention here but sometimes missing a single small component may hinder the completion of your lure. Lets take a look at a few of these components which every angler should stock in the work shop. They might just save the day. Split rings are perhaps one of the most important components the angler should stock in the workshop. They are most often used to attach hooks to spoons, spinners and other lures. But they serve...

Making Wooden Crankbaits

Making your own CRANKBAITS from scratch or painting Real Pro's CRANKBAIT BODIES is much easier than most anglers think. Requires few tools, just follow these simple instructions and you'll be well on your way to becoming a much better angler. Follow the painting instructions for both wood and plastic crankbaits. Each wood has a unique action. Softer woods tend to give the finished lure a more darting faster action when retrieved. Softwoods are more buoyant and thus may dive less than a similar...

Stainless Steel Wire Solid and Stranded

Wire is wire, right Wrong There are several types of wire and many different diameters. Each has its own use in lure making. There is single strand stainless steel wire which is used for virtually all spinners built around a wire shaft. Many anglers fishing for pike and musky make their wire leaders out of single strand wire. The advantage is the wire is smaller in diameter than equal strength nylon coated wire. Nylon Coa,in9 There are a few different brands of stranded stainless steel wire is...

The Uni Snell

Here is another easy way to tie snell knot. The uni-knot has many uses such as snells, joining lines, and tying bobber stops. The major disadvantage with the unit snell is that it is rather difficult to use if you want to gang two or more hooks on a harness. 1. Thread the line through the hook eye about 8 inches. Hold the line against the hook shank and form a small loop. 2. Make 5 to 8 turns through the small loop around the hook shank and line Close the knot by pulling the tag end. 3. Now...