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I've always been someone who tries to make things myself, fix anything broken and do things on the cheap. So, when it comes to fishing that means making lures, and I think trout spinners are one of the easiest out there to make. So if your keen to make some yourself then read along

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You can go all out buying fancy lure bodies etc, but I've found that apart from buying the blades, clevises and stainless wire, the rest you can find from digging around the house or buy from the $2 shop (I am in Australia, and unlike the US we don't have dollar stores, we have $2 stores, because everything is twice the price in Australia!). Tool count is minimal-1 pair of pliers, but optimally you can mod or buy proper ones, as I will go over.

Everything I use is in the photo above, most is self explanatory but I'll list the details.

• French blades. I like the smallest you can find (0), as I've always had better success with smaller spinners. Don't bother with this style of lure with anything other than a french blade. I've gotten deep cup colorado to work, but it's hit and miss and there are a lot of tricks to getting them to work, when a french blade will just work fine without tricks or hitting and missing. These are fancy and painted by a friend, but that's not needed either.
• Clevises. Same place you get the blades, get the smallest you can, though size isn't a big issue.
• Stainless wire. For these lures, breaking strain isn't important. I'm using about 140lb currently as its what I have left. Little bit heavier or lighter is fine, they are just trout, and using finer wire will make your life easier. You want high tensile stuff, makes a lot nice loops and won't bend during use.
• Beads. Get small beads from the cheap shop in the craft section. Lots of choice in colours, go with what you like the look of.
• Weights. I found some fancy tungsten bead type thingies in a cheap shop, and use them on my lures for the moment, and a friend got me these bracelet bead thingimibobs, also from a cheap shop. These aren't important, and I've used small sinkers on a lot of lures that have worked very well. You just need weight.
• Hooks. I've been using singles, but use trebles if you prefer.
• Split rings. Small as possible is best. Can actually get away without them if you want, as I'll explain later.

For the pliers, you can get away with normal small long nose pliers, but for nice round loops in your wire you want a round plier (if that's a word-one of the arms). I'm sure you can get proper jewelers pliers or similar, and I've considered circlip pliers, but none suited my needs. So, in keeping with my cheap and DIY nature, I made mine. I just took to a cheap pair of pliers with a grinder to round off one of the arms, and when it was close I used the Dremel to neaten it right up so it didn't burr the wire and potentially cut the line.

For buying the blades and clevises, I ended up having to mail order from the US as I couldn't find anywhere here in Aus, or that was affordable. Wire you can find at just about any tackle shop, except the one I work at......

Cole Rorich made it!3 years ago

i ended up making a few spinners using beer bottle caps, and the bottoms of aluminium cans, cut to shape with a pair of tin snips, and shaped using a small ball peen hammer. only tested them once so far, but they worked well and caught a couple of small bass.

daffster133 years ago
Thank you sir for the instructable, my uncle was into lure making a few years back and he had great luck. It's a great way to kill the winter months here in Maine. Have you ever checked out Jan's netcraft? They have great sales sometimes. Keep up the good work bro
discostu956 (author)  daffster133 years ago
Thanks for the comment daffster. What sort of lures was your uncle into making?

Luckily our winters over here aren't so bad that you can't get out fishing etc. I still freeze though! Always wondered what it would be like to live with the sort if winters you guys get. I've only visited the US in summer and was surprised that it was similar weather to my part of Australia, yet your winters get so much colder. Big range of temperatures that you get there
GCLumpkin3 years ago
I caught two nice stocked rainbow trout a couple of weekends ago on a spinner I made. Then lost the lure on a subsequent cast. Making effective spinners is fun and rewarding.
discostu956 (author)  GCLumpkin3 years ago
Spewing you lost the lure. Part of fishing I guess. same style lure as these?
Cole Rorich3 years ago

love the instructable! i know what i'll be doing these holidays! i find this type of spinner works really well on Aussie bass, but i lose a lot to snags, so these diy spinners will keep me in stock!

discostu956 (author)  Cole Rorich3 years ago
I've only dabbled with them for bass. Might have more of a try. I guess spinner baits work well, so no reason these wouldn't. Thanks for that, another lure to throw in the bass box
Cole Rorich3 years ago

in keeping with the DIY mindset, you could make your own blades out of an aluminium drinks or deodorant can with some tin snips and a small ball-peen hammer to shape the metal, then some paint and a spray can of clear, quick-drying varnish. (of course try and remove as much of the scents etc as possible)

discostu956 (author)  Cole Rorich3 years ago
interesting you should say that, as it's something I've been pondering a bit lately. I also thought aluminum would work well being easy to shape and light, so hopefully they would spin easier. I've been wanting really small French blades, so that's one way to do it. Looking at some old spinners I have there isn't much curve to them, so might be easy. Let me know if you have a go, and if I get time I might have a try too
rocklocker3 years ago

Your lures look factory made. I would stick with single hooks though. I've made spinners with them and find I get a lot less snags. It also eliminates the chances of getting hooked by the other two hooks on a treble, I hate that. Putting weedless single hooks on also helps. Again, great job.

discostu956 (author)  rocklocker3 years ago

My success lately I don't have much chance of getting hooked from the other hooks-not many fish! I'm happy with singles, I've found them better through snags like you say and bounce over rocks easier. Seem to have dropped a fair few fish lately though, but was having the same issues with trebles.

Thanks for the comments on the lures.

rodknutson3 years ago
You say you lost alot of fish the day you caught the trout ... i find if i use treble hooks i loose a lot less fish. Just a suggestion.
discostu956 (author)  rodknutson3 years ago
Thanks. That was actually the trip that I decided to use singles, after losing so many on trebles. Not that it helped much last weekend when I was out there!
Jobar0073 years ago

Great tutorial. I like the use of beads to add a little weight as well as flash.

A big proponent of spinners where I live (and who wrote the "bible" on it for steelhead spinner fishing) builds his spinners similarly to how you do it. It is called Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout by Jed Davis. It is good because it talks about how temperature affects salmonids and their feeding behavior. I would recommend the book.

discostu956 (author)  Jobar0073 years ago
Thanks mate. Book sounds interesting. As much as I've tried I'm yet to really figure trout out. I have noticed a difference between winter and summer, but yet to pinpoint what it actually is. Be easier if I had more time! Sounds like this book would help. I'll try and search it out, thanks
joshcube3 years ago

Great tutorial. You should think about selling your lures. Where I'm from there is a particular spinner called a "wedding ring" which is no different than any other spinner out there except it has a gimmicky bead in the middle that looks like a miniature wedding ring with tiny plastic "diamonds" in it. Long story short, a few years ago a couple local fishing reports mentioned that people were catching trout on "wedding rings" and demand exploded. People were paying $5ea (US) for them and most stores were sold out. You just need something gimmicky like an iridescent bead and call it an "Australian Opal Spinner" or something like that and sell them in the US. :)

discostu956 (author)  joshcube3 years ago
Thanks for that. Interestingly, that's probably the going rate here for a spinner, but expensive for over there. Opal spinner.....hmm! I honestly can't see myself selling lures I make, I'm a bit self critical, and probably don't have the time. Something to ponder though. Appreciate your comment, thanks