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Looking into making my own lures for fun. Yesterday I received the Janns Netcraft book and started looking through it. Is anyone out there willing to give me some tips and pointers (favorite blades, size, color ect) or even other places to purchase supplies. Im looking to mainly make stuff for trout.

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I pasted my recipe for the spinner that I use the most below. The writing wraps so it's not perfectly reader-friendly. The prices are a little outdated. - Frank Nale -

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
clevises.

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
www.hagensfish.com
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
www.cabelas.com
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.
 

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THANKS for the info. Sent you a PM as well.

Anyone else that would like to add any info or advice please do so
 

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171farm said:
Anyone else that would like to add any info or advice please do so
Go with Frank's recipe and you're all set. I build my spinners to mimic Frank's builds (and Trout 2003's builds) and have done very well. With this build, you get a well balanced spinner that continually spins when retrieving the spinner downstream.
 

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I make my own inline spinners, all gold/brass and sometimes mixed with nickle/silver is what ive found to work best for me,also like whiteblade,brass body and redbeads with a gold hook, there are lots of options though. I get most of my parts from jannsnetcraft and lureparts online.

heres some catch pics that show some of the spinners.




 

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Yep, Franks is the best writeup for materials you're going to get. Run with it.

For spinner pics go ahead and click on my screen name and search recent post. Go back to July and look at my posts. You'll see the spinner everywhere.
 

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Wow finally got out today for the first test run. The lure ran nice but the fish were not interested in anything I threw at them. A small hatch caught their interest
 

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they end up something like that...

i make some with a 6th (1/4") bead for up here in Michigan...i am trying to battle deeper/bigger/faster running rivers than in PA...


even when made like Franks recipe, they end up heavier than your normal spinners you buy that are "trout sized" they cast better IMO....

making spinner and getting used to casting 1 spinner is great...after a bit of fishing you can really cast em well and into some tight spots...and if you snag one you arent loosing 3-4$
 

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I can totally agree. I could clearly tell the difference between casting a store bought and home made. The weighting are supposed to be about the same but I disagree
 

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Every single one of those will work great. Nice creativity. I like when guys dont just follow suit and go away from the norm a little. Even if it's just little tinkers that you think will help. It's how we advance past what is considered the top rung of the ladder. Well done!
 
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