Introduction: How to Make a Paracord Fishing Lure

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Today I will show you how to make a quick and easy paracord fishing lure. If you're like me and have replaced your boot laces with paracord then you always have some on hand. So if you're ever fishing and you run out of bait, or find yourself in a survival situation this could be good to know.

Step 1: What You Will Need.

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To make this lure you will need the following:

1. One piece of 550 paracord about 4 inches in length.
2. One fishing hook.
3. Knife or pair of scissors 
4. Lighter or matches.

Step 2: Preparing the Paracord.

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Take your 4 inch piece of paracord and pull the inner strands about 1 inch out 

Step 3: Place the Hook.

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Next place the hook inside the paracord like in the picture.

Step 4: Cut the Paracord

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Next step feel for the end of the hook inside the paracord, once you find the end of the hook cut the paracord even with it. Save one of the inner strands of the piece you cut off for the last step.

Step 5: Singe the Paracord.

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Next take a lighter or a match and singe the end of the paracord so it can't slip off the end of the hook.

Step 6: Fluff the Strands.

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Next untwist the inner stands and scrape them with your fingernail to fluff them up a bit.

Step 7: Secure Paracord to Hook

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Next take the inner strand you saved from step 4 and secure the paracord to the hook by tying it around the paracord just above the hook part.

Here are the instructions on video 


RedneckEngineer (author)2013-03-31

I like the way you sealed up the end. Looks more tidy than mine does. Good job.

daviscameron22 (author)2017-10-30

i caught a bass and a trout off of this in arkansas

John T14 (author)2017-06-28

i made a camo one it was fun thank y

John T14 (author)2017-06-28

really fun thank you

Prepforshtf (author)2013-04-01

Not yet spencedaddy, just made this the other day but have no doubt that these will catch trout and other fish. Fishing season opens soon here and I will make a video of my first catch with one.

Camden21 (author)Prepforshtf2017-03-15

Do you fish this like a jig or like a fly just wondering.

ViciousBaitDye (author)2016-10-15

I've seen many versions of this, but this is the best one I've seen.

lilchumy (author)2014-09-10

Nice, please check out my guide on bass fishing.

Camilo543 (author)2014-07-14

How'd you singe the end so clean? Mine looks so messy.

Fikjast Scott (author)2014-06-08

Well done

This is an imaginary idea, thanks for posting and sharing

hmerritt1 (author)2014-06-02

This is a really easy instructable. I tried it and went fishing the next day. It works great with panfish, but since it's lightweight it has a hard time sinking. I suggest using a jig to make the lure or attaching a sinker down near the hook before you fish. Overall an A+!!!

K-DiDDY (author)2014-05-20

This is really cool. Unique. My stepmom and stepsister always tease me about my paracord projects, but I bet they would love this! Does anyone know how well it works or not?

gator girl (author)2013-08-07

What will I catch with this

Prepforshtf (author)gator girl2013-08-09

I have only used them for trout so far but I am sure they will catch other types of fish.

booter1 (author)2013-06-29

This lure looks Great! *variations on a theme: longer, shorter, asymetrical, beads or spinners behind eye/in front of body, etc. Also if you douse the lure with any of the commercial 'fish attractants' or just immerse in a jar of fish eggs - this should increase your number of hookups?

Prepforshtf (author)booter12013-06-29

Thanks, never thought of dipping it in fish attractant.

Fish Nerd (author)2013-05-03

So have you caught a fish with it?

Prepforshtf (author)Fish Nerd2013-05-25

I did catch trout with a black one in clear water.

Prepforshtf (author)Fish Nerd2013-05-03

I've only been able to get out once since fishing season started last saturday, but I have no doubt that it will catch fish.

Denger (author)2013-05-22

I'd be interested to know which species of fish tend to take this bait. Can you please post an update when you know, Prepforshtf?

Prepforshtf (author)Denger2013-05-25

I have caught Trout with a black one in clear water and would use an orange one in murky water. Unfortunately the day I caught trout with the black one I forgot my camera at home. But I going again next week sometime.

spencedaddy (author)2013-04-17

Awesome instructable! I have already made several of these. I did find a way to improve upon it though. Instead of using one of the inner strands as a way to tie the skirt down, I found some thread and tied the same knot as a slip bobber stopper. Not only did it secure the rig better but it stayed tied tight as well. I learned how to tie the knot from this video I used regular straws and I could fit the entire jig into the straw before I had to shimmie the thread onto the jig.

Prepforshtf (author)spencedaddy2013-04-18

Thanks!! Thats cool let me know how they work.

CementTruck (author)2013-04-11

I used to make beer bottle cap lures. Paracord would make a great tail. i used to fold a bottle cap in half by using my thumb and pointer finger and before I squeezed it completely I would drop a BB in there for a rattle. Different bottle cap designs made for some striking lures.

I voted by the way.

Prepforshtf (author)CementTruck2013-04-11

Interesting thanks for the vote.

salomon1996 (author)2013-04-08

Amazing idea! Can't wait to try it out on the fish. I'm wondering if it will work for fly fishing.

Misac-kun (author)2013-04-03

Try fishing with it and post a video!

Prepforshtf (author)Misac-kun2013-04-03

I plan on it soon!

chokapi (author)2013-04-01

Yet another great use for PC, and my favorite color, too. Got my vote. I wonder, would using the kind with reflective tape get the fish to hit?

If you haven't, check out my crampon hack using PC.

Prepforshtf (author)2013-04-01

Thanks RedneckEngineer!!

spencedaddy (author)2013-03-31

Thats really cool. Have you caught anything with these jigs? If you have, what did you catch?

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