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judeczz
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02/26/2024 01:48PM  
Anyone make their own fishing baits? I think I could spend some time doing this. I know a guy that makes his own trout spinners and once knew a guy that made his own musky spinners.
 
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LetsGoFishing
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02/26/2024 01:57PM  
I tie my own fly fishing flies. I tied up some ice fishing fly jigs. I've also tied crappie jigs. All the same techniques, just different hook styles.

I've never made any hard baits or poured soft plastics.
 
Jackfish
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02/26/2024 02:17PM  
Back in the day when live bait was allowed in Quetico, I made my own crawler harnesses. Pretty cool to catch multiple walleyes on a bait that I made myself.
 
Savage Voyageur
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02/26/2024 02:30PM  
I’ve made hundreds of fly fishing flies over the years. Good hobby to have. I also have made a few hundred walleye spinner rigs. We go through many of these every day with rock snags. It’s way cheaper to tie these over the winter and have them ready for fishing.
 
LetsGoFishing
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02/26/2024 04:12PM  
I forgot about walleye spinner/crawler harness rigs. I just started using them a few years ago and tie my own as well.
 
YetiJedi
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02/26/2024 06:11PM  
I've tied flies since I was a little kid but don't do it all that frequently anymore. My brother is exceptionally talented so I get flies from him.

A friend of mine makes a lot of his lures including hand-painting them. Beautiful work I couldn't stand to lose one!
 
Barca
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02/27/2024 10:37AM  
Not mine, but my cousin started his own company making/selling swimbaits. https://bigjoshyswimbaits-com.3dcartstores.com/ He's since sold the business, but it's still a great product. I've used them for years here around home (Ohio) and in the BWCA/Quetico. Not exactly a dedicated fisherman, but they work great.

Also when I was a kid, someone my dad knew in FL made hard lures out of Balsa wood, similar to rapalas. Strictly topwater (looked like nothing more than a cuban cigar with hooks). Caught a couple pike though which made the maker happy.
 
senkosam
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03/09/2024 04:31PM  
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03/11/2024 05:13PM  
i modified many of my lures. Added some glow to this CD9
 
03/12/2024 11:09PM  
Bored and Mocked up another old spoon(marathon)1oz. Went a little abstract ;) and i put dressed trebles on all my spoons/cleos.
 
goblu79
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03/16/2024 10:25AM  
I have been buying blank lures from Amazon, and painting them for 3 years now. Cheap and fun. I also buy cheap walmart spinner baits and put new skirts on them, and occassionally new spinner blades.

The results have been good, I can't really see any difference between the cheap amazon lures and more expensive brand name versions.
 
cwallace
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04/04/2024 03:40PM  
judeczz: "Anyone make their own fishing baits? I think I could spend some time doing this. I know a guy that makes his own trout spinners and once knew a guy that made his own musky spinners."


I make almost everything I use. Jigs, flies, plastics, harnesses and airbrush cranks.
 
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