How to Make Fly Fishing Lures at Home and Be Good At It

When I was growing up many times I saw my father working in his room and creating something which at the end it was a fishing lure for his fishing activities. I was always carefully watching his crafts and wondered of how he managed to do so good and bring good quality catch at home.

Even after all those years I still wonder how to make fishing lures at home and use them for my purposes while fishing with my buddies. That motivated me to create a guide on making fishing lures at home so that I can ease the job for all the fellow fishermen out there wondering the same thing as me. 

You should still learn how to make homemade fly fishing lures because it can be difficult. You can make your own fishing lures if you are dissatisfied with the ones available on the market. As you can see, most fly-fishing men will find this work very interesting. You’ll need a work surface as well as a few basic tools. You will fall in love with the homemade fly fishing lures after using them.

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Rather than using a conventional dial to house spools, this bobbin uses two spindles to connect your chosen spool…
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The PEAK Rotary Vise was created with optimum tying efficiency in mind, as well as ease of adjustment and set ..
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Clamps may be used for a variety of activities, including crushing barbs, extracting hooks from fish (or yourself!…
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What is fishing lure?

Before we start even making the lure lets assume that we are totally new to this. We need to first know what is fishing lure?

In recreational fishing (like we do), a lure is an object that is attached to the end of the fishing line and is designed to look and move like prey.
The lure’s aim is to attract fish by using movement, vibrations, and color to entice them to bite the hook. Lures have one or more single, double, or treble hooks, which are used to catch fish as they attack the lure.

Lures are usually used in conjunction with a fishing rod and reel. A lure is continuously cast out and retrieved when it is used for casting.

Lure fishing can be difficult, thrilling, and enjoyable. Though live bait attracts fish naturally, an angler must monitor the movement of the lure to attract fish when lure fishing. Anglers must choose the correct fishing lure, cast correctly, and retrieve at the appropriate pace while taking into account water and weather conditions, species, fish response, time of day, and other variables.

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What is fly-tying?

Fly-tying is the process of attaching different materials to a fishhook, such as furs, feathers, and tinsels. The resulting fly may or may not mimic a fish-eating aquatic creature: A Royal Coachman isn’t exactly what you’d expect to see swimming in the sea, but Roche’s Dragonfly is… and they both catch fish.

How to make a simple yet effective fly-fishing lure?

You ever wondered how to make an effective fly fishing lure at home and be better than those guys that you watch on Fishing TV? Catching a trout in a freshwater seems like mission impossible. But, with properly homemade fly-fishing lure I am 100% sure that you’ll get them!

First, kudos to this guy for putting this images and sharing the process with us. This is the end product:

Fly Fishing Lure

What materials do we need to make a fly-fishing lure?

We will start with basic general materials that we need to make the fishing lure:

Some kind of clamp, such as pliers or a special stand for fly hooks. Thread; sewing thread or any thread that will not fray with use will suffice. The tool with the thread is known as a thread bobbin, and while it is not required, it makes holding the thread tightly and manipulating it much easier. Most, if not all, of the materials for any fly tying project can be found at any fishing store near you with a fly-fishing section.

1. Bobbin

Bobbin is a small gadget that conveniently holds down your tying silk as you work on a fly. Some craftsmen don’t use a bobbin, but it might make matters a bit easier for a beginner.

Creative Angler Jig Bobbin for Fly TyingCreative Angler Jig Bobbin for Fly Tying
  • Easy to use
  • Durable metal
  • Affordable
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2. Vise

Not the heavy workshop variety but a most handy tool that clamps securely to a table and holds a hook firmly in place while a fly is being formed around it. Buy the best you can find. The 

Peak Rotary Fly Tying Vise – Fly Tying is of excellent quality and to be suggested.

Peak Rotary Fly Tying VisePeak Rotary Fly Tying Vise
  • Optimal tying efficiency and ease of adjustment.
  • Materials are chosen to last a lifetime.
  • Hardened and tempered tool.
  • The large stable.
  • The steel base is powder-coated white.
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3. Scissors 

Purchase two pair of good steel scissors that taper to a fine point. One should be very small and the other have blades about 3 1/2″ long. I strongly suggest buying Dr. Slick Scissor Clamps.

Dr Slick Scissor ClampsDr Slick Scissor Clamps
  • Top Quality Dr. Slick
  • Curved Clamp
  • Pin-In Shank
  • Serrated Scissor
  • Straight Edge Screwdriver
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4. Dubbing Needle

This small tool is used for precision jobs such as removing cement from the eye of a hook or releasing feathers that may have been tied down by mistake. You might try a hatpin, or make a substitute by embedding a needle in a wooden dowel.

Dr. Slick BodkinsDr. Slick Bodkins
  • Finishes include brass, stainless steel, aluminum, and bamboo.
  • With the aid of the half hitch method
  • A must-have tool for fly tying
  • Tool of high quality
  • 5 inches tall
  • The Jumbo Handle has a length of 5.75 inches and a diameter of 10mm.
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5. Hackle Pliers

Hackle Pliers are a type of small, spring-action forceps that are used to turn hackle feathers around a hook when making the fly-fishing lure. Not all fly-tiers use this tool but the majority who do wouldn’t be without it.

Loon Ergo Hackle PlierLoon Ergo Hackle Plier
  • The smooth jaws are versatile and the round shape ensures that palming is easy.
  • Smooth tips
  • Versatile tip tapers to 0,3 cm
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6. Fly-tying cement

Fly-tying cement comes in small jars and helps hold bits of material together. There are plenty of solutions out the or even in your nearest fishing gear shop, but we recommend this Loon Outdoors Hard Head Fly Finish cement.

Loon Outdoors Hard Head Fly FinishLoon Outdoors Hard Head Fly Finish
  • Thick head cement
  • Dries hard and with a high gloss
  • Odor free
  • Water based
  • Comes with applicator brush
  • Excellent for building up heads and bodies
  • Perfect for painting poppers
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7. Fly-Tying Wax 

Unless your tying silk is prewaxed, you should coat it with this substance to add strength and adhesion to make it better for the streams and cold waters.

We recommend this fly-tying wax Loon Outdoors Swax High Tack Dubbing Wax

Loon Outdoors Swax High TackLoon Outdoors Swax High Tack
  • Wax for big fly Dubbing
  • Easy to use container with push bottom
  • Perfect for extra bulk patterns
  • 1 oz
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8. Assorted Feathers, Furs, Silks, Tinsels & Hooks 

Caution: Even if such materials are available for purchase, never buy any feathers or fur from an endangered species. Unfortunately, many fly patterns require supplies such as condor quills, polar bear hair, and other substances that are now clearly “off limits” you’ll see what I mean when you look through the catalogues.

Although it is currently illegal to sell many of these products, some may still be available, and I strongly advise you to exercise extreme caution when making purchases. If buying the real thing would jeopardize a species’ future, always use a substitute.

Tigofly Turkey Marabou Blood FeathersTigofly Turkey Marabou Blood Feathers
  • Length: 10-15 cm;
  • Color: White, Olive, Flo Green, Hot Pink, Purple, Light Olive, Fuscia, Brown;
  • Color: Beige, Black, Blue, Lake Blue, Light Green, Light Pink, Orange, Red, Yellow.
  • Quantity: 100 pcs.
  • Application: For DIY fly tying.
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9. Also, for hooks I definitely suggest Mustad Signature hooks:

Precision is the key to perfection Every Mustad Signature pattern has a clear hook gap, bend, wire diameter, and shank length for precise scaling that no other hook can match. You can also establish precise production stages, ensuring that you have the right fly at the right time.

Mustad Signature R43-94831 Standard Dry Fly Tying HookMustad Signature R43-94831 Standard Dry Fly Tying Hook
  • Precision to perfection
  • Chemically sharpened nee–dle point
  • 30% Stronger fly hooks
  • Bronzed
  • 3X Long
  • 1X-Fine
  • Viking Bend, Micro Barb
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Getting to the finishing product – Homemade Fly Fishing Lure

Tying off the fly keeps the parts from falling off as the ribbing loosens; simply put, it keeps the fly together. It is up to you how you want to do it. You can tie a simple knot, glue it down, or cement it. For simplicity, this method simply concludes with tying a knot; any knot will do as long as it is secure, stable, and resistant to falling apart.

It is more important to get the desired size, profile, and color than to worry about how many legs are in a jig skirt.

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As a beginner, you’ll be tying the most basic patterns, but your skill will quickly advance to the point where you’ll be able to construct nearly all of the known flies. You’ll probably start creating your own varieties as well, but I’d recommend that you first master the traditional designs because fishermen prefer to buy flies that have made a name for themselves.

Although the vast majority of these lures are designed to catch trout and salmon, some patterns are almost exclusively used for bass. Saltwater anglers have their own favourites as well. Inquire locally about the flies used by fly fishermen in your area.

The fly attracts attention near the surface of the water, so it works best in shallow or slow moving areas where it stands out, or if you’re afraid of getting it caught on a rock or aquatic plant.

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