Introduction: How to Make a Fishing Lure From Paracord

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Throughout this Instructable I will show you how to make a fishing lure out of paracord. When in a survival situation knowing how to take apart your paracord gear and use it for survival is important. After all, why else would you wear paracord gear if you don't know how to use it in a survival situation!

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Step 1: What You'll Need

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  1. Scissors
  2. Lighter
  3. Fishing Hook
  4. Small piece of Paracord.

Step 2: Pulling Guts Out and Cutting to Length

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The numbers below correspond with the numbers in the diagram.

  1. Make sure the end of your paracord isn't melted shut, and pull the inner strands, or guts, out about one inch.
  2. Cut the paracord about 1 inch down from the top.

Step 3: Adjusting the Guts

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Now pull the guts of the paracord out from the bottom about an 1/8-1/4 of an inch.

Step 4: Slipping Hook Into Paracord

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Slip the hook through the sheath of the paracord like shown in the diagram.

Step 5: Melting the End

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Melt the end of your paracord AND inner strands (guts).

I like to melt the sheath first, to close in the guts, then melt the guts.

Make sure the eye hook at the end of the hook is exposed. Don't melt the paracord over it.

Remember, the guts must be melted to the sheath so they don't get ripped out. There is nothing else holding them in.

Step 6: Frilling the Ends.

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Now just frill the end of the sheath, and the guts so they look like they do in the diagram and you're done!

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dominot (author)2015-11-11

cool made one havent tested it yet thought

OALC (author)2015-11-06

Pretty cool

Skwurlito (author)2015-03-14

It's crazy how fish are picky about live bait but you tie a piece of red cloth to a hook or in this case a piece of paracord and the go bananas. I'd bet you could pull in some fat trout.

NomadHobbyist (author)2015-01-30

Very smart. Perhaps I'll add one to my Altoids Survival Kit.

EurekaFactory (author)2014-12-22

Truly useful - very nice, thanks!

planca40 (author)2014-12-21

Try adding a little pebble to the sleeve portion of the body and seal it with the lighter for a little added weight makes casting a easier and gives the lure a little action.

Jeffo23 (author)2014-12-19

Looks a lot like a Shrimp-Fly. I bet rock fish would easily fall for this. Very nice.

xwania (author)2014-12-19

great idea, especially in survival conditions.

seamster (author)2014-12-19

This is an excellent idea!

Have you successfully caught a fish with this?

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