How to Make Homemade Fishing Lures With Paracord

What do you do when you need a fishing lure on the fly, but don't have any? Maybe you've been stranded on an island without any gear, or lost all of your fishing lures when your tackle box fell overboard. No problem! As long as you have a piece of paracord, you're in business. In this article, we'll show you how to make homemade fishing lures with paracord.   

1. Cut a Piece of Paracord

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Cut a piece of paracord to the desired length that you want your homemade fishing lure to be. The lure for article is only about one inch or so, but you can make it as big as you like. Also, if you want a little more flair, choose a piece of paracord that is multi-colored.

2. Expose The Inner Strands

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Next, you'll want to expose the inner strands of the paracord, pulling them out about one inch or so. Again, depending on the desired length of your lure, you can pull them out more giving you a longer skirt. 

3. Choose a Fishing Hook or Jig Head

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After you've exposed enough inner strands, you'll want to insert a fishing hook or jig head into the paracord. The size of the hook /jig head will depend on the type of fish you plan on targeting.

4. Cut The Paracord

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Once you have your hook/jig head inserted, turn the paracord around and use a sharp knife or scissors to cut it just above the eye of the hook. Slide the paracord down just below the eye of the hook, leaving the eyelet exposed.

5. Melt The Paracord

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Next, hold the hook end of the lure and heat the other end using a lighter until the paracord begins to melt. Once heated, you'll want to pinch it with your fingers to help bond it to the hook shank. Keep in mind that the paracord will be hot, so be careful as you touch it. You may even want to moisten your finger tips before you begin this step.

5. Add Flare to Outer Layer

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With a pin, needle, or even another fish hook, flare out the outer edge of the paracord around the hook. I personally think a needle or pin works best. How much you do really is a matter of preference. 

6. Add Flare to Inner Strands

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Using your needle, carefully pull apart the inner strands one by one. All you're doing here is basically unraveling the strands to create more flare for your lure, which will hopefully entice more fish to strike.

7. Continue Adding Flare

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Once the inner strands have been separated with your needle, you can now begin to feather the strands by pinching them with your fingers and performing a twisting motion. This step is not necessary, but will add some additional flare to the lure. 

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8. Go Catch Some Fish

Now that you've got your homemade fishing lure completed, it's time to go out and catch some fish. 

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Final Thoughts

This is a pretty simple DIY project for making homemade fishing lures with paracord, but feel free to experiment with different colors, sizes, and hook styles. This is also a great project that you could do with young kids, although I wouldn't advice you letting them use the lighter.

Do you have any homemade fishing lures that you have made before? If so, we'd love to hear about them below in our comments section.‚Äč

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