In this instructable I will teach you how to make a simple and inexpensive fishing lure out of common household materials. In this model of fishing lures, you can completely customize it to your liking by painting it however you desire.  And without further ado, let's begin!

Step 1: Materials

  • A small wooden dowel (normally used to connect two fittings together, such as those that come in IKEA furniture assembly kits; if you don't have one, you can also use a cork which works just fine)
  • A shoelace (preferably white so you can paint it later and so it is more visible in the water, as opposed to black or darker colors)
  • Small hook (I got mine from a framing kit)
  • Superglue
  • Drill with a drill bit the size of the end of the shoelace (that hard part that holds the shoelace together; the aglet)
  • Mechanical pencil

Step 2: Prepare the Shoelace

In this step, simply cut the end of the shoelace about 1 - 1.5 inches from the inner part of the aglet. In other words, cut the shoelace so that excluding the aglet, there should be 1 - 1.5 inches of string. (1st picture)

Now, take your mechanical pencil and stick the lead out just a couple of millimeters. Then, using your mechanical pencil, stick it into the end of the cut shoelace (the opposite side of the aglet) and begin to string it out so that it "puffs" up with loose strands instead of the original compact string. (2nd picture)

Step 3: Attach Everything

Now, screw in your hook into one side of the wooden dowel and if needed, tighten the ring on the hook using some pliers if there is an opening in the ring, which will protect your fishing line from escaping. If tightening doesn't completely close the ring, add some superglue or hot glue to where both ends meet to close the loop. (1st picture)

Then, drill a hole on the other side of the wooden dowel so that the aglet of the shoelace will be able to fit snug. Also, make sure that the hole is deep enough so that the aglet can fit entirely into the hole. (2nd picture)

Lastly, take your superglue and add a small amount of it into the hole, then just insert your skirt into the hole and let it dry. (3rd picture)

Once the superglue dries and the skirt is secure, the lure is complete! (4th picture)

Optional: Paint the dowel and the skirt using water resistant paint (I recommend painting the dowel to make it resemble a small fish, which will attract other fish who think it is prey).

<p>looks easy to make ill put a long hook all the way through the dowel and have some of the shoe lace coming off of the lure it looks really cool</p>
That's cool I make lots of lures to.
this helps ALOT
Great idea! These would be great for catching Gar, I think.
wheres the hook?
I can see how have the hook dangling below the dowel can be better, as it will get the near misses a chance to get hooked. But, how much line do you leave between the eyelet and the hook?
For me, I left about 1 inch between the loop and the hook but I think anywhere between 1 inch to 3 inches should be fine. After all, the goal is to attract other fish to your bait, so as long as the lure is close to the hook, you should be ok!
This model is a little different than a normal lure in that the hook is attached separately from the lure. The reason being is that the hook would probably get trapped in the shoelace because it is string and not plastic. However, it doesn't make much of a difference because I used it yesterday and I caught several fish using the lure. It still works because the lure resembles another fish, so fish either feel safe being around the bait or simply see the lure as prey and approach it as well, eventually eating the bait on the hook. <br> <br>As for where the hook is, I set it up so that the lure is attached to the fishing line through the loop and then the hook is attached separately right next to the lure, directly connected to the fishing line. Again, this may seem a little weird, but rest assured, it works just as well, if not better! <br> <br>Hopefully this makes it a little clearer! <br>Thanks for stopping by and viewing my instructable!
I see. what color did you paint yours? I want to try it out this summer. thanks for the tutorial.
I painted the dowel red, then I dipped the skirt in green paint, and then drew in some white and blue eyes (just a small dot). Just make sure that the paint is water resistant and you should be ok. Also, the colors don't have to be the same as long as they are vibrant and bright, which is more appealing to the fish as opposed to darker colors such as dark brown or black. Not only are these colors less appealing, but they are also not as easier to see underwater because they appear musky and won't attract fish as well. <br> <br>Hope this helps!
yes it does thanks .
Finally, someone who knows what an aglet is! Great 'ible. Would be better if the lure had a hook on it, not tied onto the line.
thank you blackcat2 for the info on the hook&nbsp; as i build lures i put a hook on the back end where you attach the shoelace and it would cover it,&nbsp; again thanks
clever but where is the hook tp hook the fish don't see it
The hook to hook the fish is connected to the fishing line which is then tied into the ring at the end of the lure. In other words, the hook itself is not directly connected to the lure; it is connected to the fishing line which is connected to the lure. <br>Hope this helps!

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