Make Your Own Fishing Lures With Perfect Color

Frank Manuele   Friday, March 09, 2007 1:09 AM

Many anglers enjoy making their own lures. It gives them a chance to create something that no one else has used to catch fish. It also allows one to continue the pursuit of fishing knowledge concerning color, size, action, speed of retrieve etc.

I've tied my own spinnerbaits and jigs for over 12 years, using living rubber, and still catch as many fish as the baits that use silicone skirts. Granted, I replace skirts more often, but the color combos I use make it worth it, at 1/4 the price. ( carries living rubber and silicon skirt materials at a nice discount.)

Another area of creative lure alteration is the dying and painting of soft plastics. Spike-It and Bi-Rite companies manufacture dyes and paints (sold at Bass Pro and Barlow's) that quickly and permanently change the surface of a worm, grub, tube, shad etc. No need to buy two tone plastics.

Take a pipe cleaner, dip the tip and rub color onto the area of the lure you want to enhance. Light colored plastics such as chartreuse (solid or transparent), white, pearl, rootbeer, watermelon and clear are the best transmitters of light in tinted or cloudy water. They show off dye colors better than darker, solid colors because fish look up when tracking a baitfish they expect to munch on. Color-contrast also sets the lure apart from bottom or background color. Silver, blue, green of black flakes within the plastic add a subtle flash that keeps their attention regardless of any real prey swimming near- by.

An example of a perfect color combo is as follows:

  1. Use a chartreuse lure (ie. small ring worm) with black or silver flake.
  2. Dye the back of the lure purple.
  3. Dye the belly orange.
  4. Use orange over the purple back.

Hold the lure up to the sunlight. Behold, a multicolored lure that has 3 separate colors that merge and change as the lure rolls or wobbles with your rod tip action.

Some lures have been superb fish catchers using the method I've given you. Some others are Hoo Daddy, Zoom's Brush hog, Sassy shad or Sqirmin Shad, Slider worms, lizards, Mr. Twister grubs, Fin s Fish or shad, Bacon Rind by Gambler, Bass Pro's Spring grub, just to name a few.

A note on paint (not dye). Paint is opaque and is used to make spots, eyes or stripes. To make florescent eyes or dots, use a white undercoat first. Let dry. Cover with a bright color,(ie. orange, chartreuse or red). You may put a small dot of black for a pupil-affect, but it's not necessary, unless your a realism freak.

Experiment with various color-over-color combos and remember a little dye goes a long way - a little here, a little there. I'd be interested in any new discoveries. (by the way, pumpkin over pearl yields copper, chartreuse or pearl yields pearltruese, orange over chartreuse yields florescent orange, purple over rootbeer yields an orangy-purple.)

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