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Spinnerbait Parts

Making Spinnerbaits

Shown above are the basic components needed to assemble your own spinnerbaits. Spinnerbaits are a very popular lure that are often used when fishing for bass and pike. These lures are easy to assemble and inexpensive to make. Landing a fish on a lure you personally designed is especially rewarding. Good Fishing!.

Tools for Making Spinnerbaits

Round bend pliers have special jaws that make smooth round loops. Select the plier model by the size of wire you want to bend. You will also need some heavy wire cutting pliers to cut the stainless steel shaft. Split ring pliers are handy for attaching the split ring to the spinner blade.

Building Spinnerbaits - Spinnerbait Parts Chart

This information is offered as a starting point. Feel free to experiment with different styles and sizes of spinner blades, beads, head styles and skirts.

Head Spinner Blade Sizes* Swivels** Split Clevis Metal
Size Colorado Willow Indiana Ball Bearing Roller Ring Wire Folded Bead "
1/8 1,2,3 2,3,3.5 1,2,3,4 #1 #10 #0,1 #2 #4 1/8-5/32
1/4 1,2,3,4 3,3.5,4 1,2,3,4,5 #1,2 #10 #0,1 #2,4 #4 1/8-5/32
3/8 2,3,4,5,6 3,3.5,4,4.5,5 2,3,4,5 #1,2 #10,7 #1,2 #4 #4 1/8-5/32
1/2 2,3,4,5,6,8 3,3.5,4,4.5,5 2,3,4,5,7,8 #2 #10,7 #1,2 #4 #4 1/8-5/32-3/16
3/4 2,3,4,5,6,8 3,3.5,4,4.5,5,7 2,3,4,5,7,8 #2 #10,7 #1,2 #4 #4 1/8-5/32-3/16

Spinner Blade Sizes*

As head weight increases, larger spinner blades can be used on your bait. Size 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 blades are a good place to start when building single blade spinnerbaits. Different blades styles and sizes will function differently so experiment until you get what you're looking for. On tandem spinnerbaits, we recommend that the second blade be two sizes smaller than the main blades chosen.

Swivel Selection**

While ball bearing swivels can be expensive, they are the best performing swivels and come with split rings attached. Roller swivels are an inexpensive alternative and perform well. They require the addition of a split ring to attach the spinner blade.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Why use an open or closed eye spinnerbait wire?- Closed eye wires are commonly used when you want to use a snap. Snaps are considered easier and quicker to use when changing baits. Open eye wires require that your line be tied directly to the lure. Many fishermen feel this method will produce less tangles
    Can I use a large spinner blades on an 1/8 oz. head? - (Example - use a #8 Colorado on a 1/8 oz. head). Maybe. When you use a large blade with a small head, you must adjust your retrieve speed to very slow. A fast retrieve with this set-up would cause the bait to run incorrectly. It is best to experiment with various combinations of blades and heads and monitor your results
    What is spacer tubing? - Spacer tubing is specially sized to fit wire shafts and it's used in place of beads or a coil spring. On a tandem spinnerbait, the tubing keeps the spinner blades from hitting each other. The sequence of components is: Bead-Clevis-Bead-Tubing. Tubing will simply give a different look to your lures.
    What is a trailer hook? Can they be added to my spinnerbait?- A trailer hook is a large eyed hook that is placed over the hook which is already molded into your spinnerbait head. Trailer hooks help you hook fish that short strike your spinnerbait. Trailer hooks can be added very easily by slipping the large eye of the trailer over the main hook. Latex tubing is used to hold the hook in place.
    Can I add rattles to my spinnerbait? - Yes, single and double rattles can easily be added with the rattle collar systems we offer.