Introduction: Make a Paracord Fishing Lure

About: I am a thinker, a tinker, and sometimes a stinker. I would rather think outside the box than drudge along inside one.

While I was preparing to go on a camping trip with Mrs. Redneck and my youngest daughter, I was going thru some old fishing equipment and was struck with cranium flatulence.

People are all the time making survival bracelets, belts, straps and such with Paracord to use in survival situations.
I thought to myself, what could you really use it for besides the obvious ones being done to death.

Well I've heard people pull the inner cord out to use as fishing line but what about the bait. I cut up a few inches worth of Paracord and in under 25 minuets I had a fishing lure.

Step 1: Use Those Scraps

This is such a simple and easy project I'm sure you can finish this in a very short time with very little items. It took me about 25 minuets to make one, and that’s counting the time I wasted on the first one I messed up.


1 Fishing hook

2" scrap piece of Paracord

Few inches of fishing line

Tools used

Multi-tool (Pliers and knife blade used)

Bic Lighter (to melt the end of cord)

With the many different colors of Paracord you could stock your tackle box with various color lures.

Step 2: Warm and Fuzzy Inside

I at first cut about 2" of cord and then pulled the inner strands. This worked OK until I got to the fluff stage when I pulled a piece out. Note that once a piece is out don't bother trying to put it back in ( I think the sun was getting to me at this point so I tried it, never again).

On my second attempt I melted the cord apart which worked so much better.
Use your flame source of choice (Bic lighter) to melt and separate the cord.

Now take one inner strand and begin to twist it counter-clockwise to fluff it up.

Continue this with all seven strands till its nice and fuzzy.

Step 3: Beware the Pointy End

Next insert the sharp point of the hook about half way then push it so it comes out at the fluff. Beware blood was spilled during the making of this ible. Hooks tend to enter fingers when you least expect it.

Next take the fishing line and loop it thru the eye of the hook and begin to wrap around the Para cord.

There are two reasons I had for doing this. One was to make sure the hook is secure and wont come out. The other is as you can see, the black outer cord is starting to fray, the wrapping will halt it where I want it to and will maintain the lures shape.

You've now completed your fishing lure. You then can add this lure to your line and tempt those fish to come and join you for dinner.
Happy fishing!

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