Before You Begin

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.

Production Volume

Required Tools

Low

Medium

High

Needle / Round Nose Pliers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wire Cutters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Split Ring Pliers*

Optional

Optional

Optional

Wire Forming Toolt

Optional

Optional

No

Commercial Tackle Maker1

No

Optional

Yes

  • Split ring pliers are only required if you decide to attach the hook using a split ring. t The Wire Forming Tool will only form wire under 0.026" used on smaller spinners. t Not required for making Spinner Baits or Buzz Baits.
  • Split ring pliers are only required if you decide to attach the hook using a split ring. t The Wire Forming Tool will only form wire under 0.026" used on smaller spinners. t Not required for making Spinner Baits or Buzz Baits.

Split Ring Pliers

Split Ring Pliers

Bench Mount Tackle Maker

Round Nose Pliers

Round Nose Pliers

Tackle Maker

Bench Mount Tackle Maker

Wire Forming Tool

Wire Forming Tool

Casting and Trolling Spoons

Spoons require only a pair of split ring pliers to quickly assemble. You will also need a sharp knife if you will be applying lure tape.

Fishing Lure Tape

Worm, Minnow, Leech Harnesses and Casting Harnesses

Production Volume

Required Tools

Low

Medium

High

Needle Nose Pliers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wire/Line Cutters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Crimping Tool

Yes

Yes

Yes

Simple but effective lures. These only require a line cutter if using monofiliment or a pair of wire cutters being made of nylon coated wire. A crimping tool is used to crimp connection sleeves if you decide to use connection sleeves and nylon coated wire.

Tying Bucktails and Calftails

Crimping Tool

Production Volume

Required Tools

Low

Medium

High

Hook Vise

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bobbin

Yes

Yes

Yes

Clippers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Molding Lead

Production Volume

Required Tools

Low

Medium

High

Goggles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Heavy Gloves

Yes

Yes

Yes

Iron Melting Pot

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mold(s)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ladles

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gate Cutting Shears

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wire Cutters

Yes

Yes

Yes

Heat Source*

Yes

Yes

Yes

* Heat Source may be a commercial lead furnace, propane camp stove, propane barbecue or old kitchen stove.

Heavy Gloves

Heavy Gloves

Commercial Lead Furnace
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