One of the most satisfying experiences a fisherman can have is to catch a fish on a fishing lure he has fashioned with his own hands.
It isn’t necessary to become a skilled craftsman to make lures. If they possess the ability to deal with the few necessary tools, they can make excellent lures. The lures may not look professionally perfect, but they’ll catch fish, and that is all that really counts.
And if the angler makes his own lures, he will probably catch more fish, in the long run. The reason for this is psychological. An angler who uses a store-bought plug or jig tends to be hesitant about casting it around rocks, logs, piles, and people of seaweed.
Making fishing lures can be an enjoyable hobby, particularly during the long winter months when fishing is slow. It has even been claimed that the joy of designing and creating a lure offers as much if not more pleasure than the actual fishing.
Before you can make any kind of fishing lures you must have the proper tools. In fact, without the right tools you cannot do a good job, and you will soon become discouraged. On the other hand, if you’re provided with the right tools you will find lure-making easy and highly gratifying. So the best procedure is to produce as much of the necessary tools in advance before you begin to making your own lures.
Most anglers will already have some tools The rest can be purchased without too much of an investment. The others can be acquired that the necessity arises.
The biggest single item needed for making fishing lures is a bench, desk, or table. Fortunate, indeed, is the one who has den, a basement, or special room where he can get a permanent workbench and various power tools to pursue his hobbies.
After you have such a bench, desk, or table you need a vise which will take over the various lures for drilling, filing, bending, and other operations. Almost any bench vise of good size will serve the purpose. Unless you have a permanent workbench, this vise does not have to be fastened to the table or desk until needed.
A small anvil is also useful if you intend to make many metal lures or parts for such lures. It is used for cutting, bending, punching, and fascinating. However, if you have a big bench vise of the mechanic’s or utility type you can use the anvil surface found on such vises. Or you can use a small block of iron with a smooth surface as a makeshift anvil.
Now, just imagine this example with multiple tools cutting away plastic or metal to help finish the everyday parts that are critical to making our cars, dishwashers, washing machines, notebook computers. This is what automatic lathes do thousands of times a day.
A hammer, of course, is a fundamental tool for any kind of work, and for making fishing lures about two or three hammers will suffice. If you already have a claw hammer, you can then use it for many lure-making jobs.
At least two saws will be needed. If you already have a hand saw it can be used only for working with wood.
Some kind of drill is necessary for drilling holes in wood and metal. If you have a home workshop with a drill press you can use it for the majority of the work to be done. It is particularly useful when drilling holes in metal. A portable electric drill, too, is a big aid when drilling metal, especially if you are required to drill many holes.
Pliers, screwdrivers, files, and a sharp knife are the only other essential tools needed for making lures.