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  • #6425
    yellowfin
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    Have any of you guys ever tried making your own trout lures (for use with spinning gear).

    I have been experimenting with making soft lures using silicone sealer and would be very interested in learning more about this from anyone who has tried making their own. ([i:1qacahcg]I have read the excellent article on this site[/i:1qacahcg])

    In addition to soft lures I’m interested in any other lure types you may have made.

    Looking online for lure parts seems to turn up a lot of interesting but rather unusual looking lures, have any of you guys tried any of these and if so what did you try and where did you source it?

    Are there any good NZ lure part suppliers (preferably with online catalogues and ordering) I’d love to be able to source parts within NZ.

    I generally fish with fly and nymph in the MacKenzie basin and East and North Otago lakes and rivers and catch a mixture of browns and rainbows. I have found the threadline is great when taking the kids out or just for a relaxing stroll along the local river.

    Cheers

    Terry

    #7563
    yellowfin
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    Hi Terry,

    I have made all manner of homemade lures over the years. Recently I came up with a promising lure that has potential. The criteria are: it must be easy to make at home, inexpensive, durable, cast well, and actually catch fish. I’ll take some photographs and post them here soon.

    Generally speaking you can’t buy the parts for lures very cost effectively in New Zealand. The population is small and therefore the market isn’t big enough to get the prices down – particularly for slow selling specialty items. A good example is a Colorado Blade Spinner for salmon. If you buy the blade, swivels, split-rings and hooks separately it costs about the same as a finished Colorado off the shelf! But the same applies to many other things as well. If you go to a bike shop and buy all the new parts to build a bike it will workout to be more expensive than buying a new bike off the shop floor!

    Cheers – Yellowfin

    #7564
    yellowfin
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    Hey :)

    Thanks for the reply.

    Yeah… I have pretty much found out that lure parts are difficult to find and reasonably pricey locally. There is a site http://www.cabelas.com that have some gearbut of course it’s in the states, I do know someone that did buy some parts from them and they said it worked out pretty good price wise.

    I would love to see pics of your lures, I have been kind of fiddling with the old silicone sealer but as yet haven’t really produced anything great but I have learned a little bit.

    Thanks

    Terry

    #7575
    yellowfin
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    Here it is: “The Hot Melt Glue Thing!” https://fishingmag.co.nz/fishing-lures-home-made.htm

    Yellowfin

    #7580
    yellowfin
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    Nice Job

    That lure looks good and I love the approach you used.

    Have you tried it out?

    What was the action like?

    Have you caught anything using one of these lures?

    I’m thinking I will have a go at some smaller trout sized models.

    Thanks

    Terry

    #7581
    yellowfin
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    Caught two kahawai on an earlier version. I only made the one in the picture last night! The earlier one had a flat face so I don’t know how this one will go yet. I expect it will have an erratic retrieve which is what you want. I have made very similar looking wooden plugs that worked very well.

    That’s good you are making a trout version. I suggest you make half a dozen different versions, some heavier, longer, and so on. Then try them all out at the same time so you can compare them.

    Best wishes – Yellowfin

    #7671
    yellowfin
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    Hey Guys,
    the complete angler on the corner of cashel and barbadoes has a whole heap of hex and toby blanks for about $1 each in various sizes and weights that they bought up from another tackle shop that went bung. good cheap option for making your own.

    #7848
    yellowfin
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    I have now tested the “Hot Melt Glue Thing” mentioned above and can report that it worked very well indeed. I cast it on salmon tackle at McIntoshes Rocks, on the Waimakariri River, recently. It cast almost as far as a ticer (hex wobbler). On retrieve it wiggled on a very “fish like” manner. It didn’t leak either. I hope to try it soon on kahawai.

    Yellowfin

    #10675
    yellowfin
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    My name is jerry meacham. I am a charter operator in alaska. fishketchikan.com I also guide hunters huntinginkansas.com I have searched all over the internet for a mold to make my own jigging spoons. I use the crippled herring jigs by lure jensen now. I need a mold for jigs in the 4 to 16 ounce range. I was excited to see that on the front page of your website fishingmag.co.nz I see a picture of some lures next to a mold that look exactly like what would work for me. Can someone help me find a source to buy the mold. Thank you my email is jerycmeach@aol.com

    #13881
    Fishy Bishy
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    Hi Jerry, been a long time since your request but others may find this site of interest too.
    Try http://www.staminainc.com It will open in another site, http://lurepartsonline.com/cart.html
    We have imported from them for years and are excellent to deal with, great products at great prices. You name it thay probably will have it.
    Hope that helps.

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