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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-03-2015, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Making my own spinners

where do I start? I use them a lot. Usually just regular bronze or silver swiss swing style. I have a blue and silver Thomas soinner that I like as well. Anyway, I figured since I use them enough I should just start making them. I am not paying $4 for something I can make. They sell kits online but they seemed a bit pricy. I am sure I can do it myself I just need the components. Where do I begin?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-03-2015, 05:06 PM
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Re: Making my own spinners

Hi Rusty Dog,

A good place to begin is to find out what size of parts you need. I've posted this list before for my go-to White Bead Gold spinner. The prices are outdated; I'm at work and my updated copy is at home. I buy my parts in bulk; they cost a lot more in small quantities.

If you don't want to invest in a vice, there is a topic on here started by Trout 2003 showing how to make spinners with a homemade vice. It's probably down a few pages.

Making spinners is a lot of fun and I think it enhances the fishing experience.

Spinner Construction

This example is for making one #1 White Bead Gold spinner (approx. weight: 1/8 oz.).

Cost Per
Supply Item Spinner
1. Single Strand Wire (Diameter .026)
H 548 Foot Coil for $13.10 (makes approximately 2,192 spinners) $0.00598

2. Beads
H 1/8" $44.50 per 1,000 (Solid Polished Brass) $0.04450
H 3/16" $50.71 per 1,000 (Solid Polished Brass) $0.05071
H 7/32" $63.36 per 1,000 (Solid Polished Brass) $0.06336
H 1/4" $76.45 per 1,000 (Solid Polished Brass) $0.07645
H 6mm $15.35 per 1,000 (Plastic Simulated Pearl Bead - Size 6) $0.01535

3. French Spinner Blade
H Size 1 $38.25 per 1,000 (Polished Brass) $0.03825
Note: If bought at Cabela's a size 2 is actually the equivalent of a size 1 Mepps blade.

4. Folded Clevise
C Size 1 $8.99 per 500 (Nickel) $0.01798
Note: A size 1 at Hagen's is a little smaller than a size 1 at Cabela's and a size 2 at
Hagen's is a little bigger than a size 1 at Cabela's. Cabela's doesn't sell brass-colored

5. Treble Hook
H Size 10 $86.52 per 1,000 VMC Bronze 9650BZ $0.08652
Cost per spinner (excluding postage and labor): $0.39910

6. H Hagen's Professional Wire Former $133.45

H Hagen's Prices are from the Hagen's 2010/2011 Fishing Components catalog.
3150 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: 1-800-541-4586
Fax: 605-996-8946

C Cabela's Prices are from the Cabela's 2011 Tackle Craft catalog.
One Cabela Drive
Sidney, NE 69160-1001
Phone: 1-800-237-4444
Fax: 1-800-496-6329

Note: The above prices for Hagen's parts include a 10% excise tax where applicable.

Hagen's sells parts in bulk, typically 1,000 pieces. However, they will sell smaller quantities
for a small additional charge of $1.00. For example, if the bulk price is $10.00 per 1,000 and
you wanted to buy 200, the price would be $2.00 plus a $1.00 charge.

I can be contacted at [email protected].
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Re: Making my own spinners

I've also recently started making my own spinners. I used CP Swing lures almost exclusively but became frustrated at how hard and how expensive the genuine CP Swings are to get. I ordered my parts from Jann's Netcraft and Lure Parts Online, but after reading Frank's post it appears that Hagen's is much cheaper. I do like the silver Minnow Blades from Jann's however. They are almost a perfect match to the CP Swing blades. Jann's does have a handy sizing chart you can print out even if you don't order anything from there. At least then you will know what size parts to order for the spinner you like to use. Making most trout spinners is quite easy. I haven't tried making any Rooster Tails however. They may be a bit more tricky. So far the trout seem to like my imitations as they are hitting just as well as with the originals. Many thanks to Frank for sharing his spinner construction.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-04-2015, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Making my own spinners

Thanks for the info. I think this will be an enjoyable hobby. I can play around with different styles and it won't cost me a fortune.
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