Paracord can be turned into a very nice fishing lure that can be customized any way you like.
Paracord is one of those items that never ceases to amaze with the things you can do with it. It has quickly become one of the multi-tools of the outdoor world. I have seen people use it for everything from simply tying gear down to using it for fishing line.
One use I never thought of, until now, is using it to make quick fishing lures. I stumbled upon how to do this while looking into ways to make your own lures from out of the ordinary objects.
Making these lures only requires four items and can be finished in less than 10 minutes.
What you need:
- Paracord of whatever color you prefer.
- Fishing hook (size depends on what you intend to use it for.)
- Needle or push pin
1. Cut a length of paracord at least three inches long.
2. Pull about one inch (or more if you prefer) of the inner strands out one end of paracord casing.
3. Slide the eye of the hook between the strands and into the casing.
4. Cut off the remaining paracord right above the hook’s eye.
5. Push the paracord under the eye and melt with a lighter. Being careful not to burn yourself, smash the melted casing around the hook’s eye.
(Make sure the ends of the strands are sticking up some when you melt the end, this glues them in place.)
6. Flip the hook around and grab your needle. Carefully un-thread about a quarter of an inch of the casing all the way around to fluff it out.
7. Take your needle and carefully unravel each inner strand.
8. After you get them unraveled, gently roll them between your thumb and pointer finger to fluff them up.
9. That’s it! They are ready to tie on and go after some fish.
The best part about these being made from paracord is the amount of color variety you have to choose from.
There are more colors and patterns than ever thanks to its explosion in popularity. I have also considered the idea of adding a small spoon to mine to give them that little something extra.
I have seen pictures and a few videos of people catching plenty of fish on these. I can’t wait to get out this weekend and experiment with them to see how well they perform and see what I can do to upgrade them some if I wanted.
Now revel in your self-sufficiency!