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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    20 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Very similar to a commercially produced Rooster Tail lure.

    gator girl

    5 years ago

    What will this catch


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome Idea! I'm going fishing next weekend with some buddies and I will be sure to bring some of those pesky paracord pieces.

    1 reply

    Good luck! Would be good to get your buddies to make one while your sitting around, then see if anyone can catch a fish with one. Keep me posted!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Take about 20 feet of paracord and on one end of it fray about 6 inches of it.
    Tie a hook onto a peice of the frayed cord and bait if with a minnow you now have a gar (Atractosteus spatula) rig. The cord catches the gar not the hook. The gars teeth are serrated and get tangled in the frayed cord, now just pull him in.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Would really love to see that thing in action to see if it's capable of REALLY catching something. Great idea though, I know I would've never guessed to used frayed paracord as a lure.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant idea. Definitely will have to try make one or two to keep in the tackle box.

    Thanks glad you like it. I had thought about that too but haven't tried anything else yet. If/when you make some please post pics or your own ible! I'd love to see how many differant types of lures we could get. With all the other colors the options are wide open!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Varnish with fish pheromones...Just kdn ...good luck on your fishing....


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a really inventive use for paracord. Great job! I'm going to try it.

    A few questions: How does it perform when wet? Do the strands swell up and fuse together or do they stay separate? Also, what types of fish would this be effective for? Have you tried it yet?

    1 reply

    I haven't got to test it yet. Where I went camping had a small creek with nothing bigger than tadpoles and skeeters so I didn't get to try it. Since the strands are man made material (nylon I believe) it shouldn't swell up. It's really not much differant than some store bought lures. This should work for any top feeding type of fish like bass or bluegills and such.