Handmade fishing lures - Two quick tips

I have two quick tips I worked out that might make your handmade fishing lures a bit easier to hand make.

Very quick tips.

One is to help work out where to put your tow point on the lure's bib, and the other is to help get your lure's bib straight.

When designing a lure, drill a series of holes down the length of your experimental bib. This allows you to explore what different tow point locations will do to your new design's action. You don't need to do this on every lure, but its worth doing on the first of a design, or at least doing once to learn a bit about tow point location and its value to your design. There can be a huge range of swimming action just from changing the tow point on your lure. Having a range of holes means you can tie to the different holes and gain a rapid understanding of how your lure works.*

The second tip is simply to put a large sheet of whatever your bib is made of into the freshly cut bib slot to check to see if the cut is straight. The larger sheet amplifies any errors, letting you know if any adjustment is required.

Pictured here is a CD cover in the bib slot of a lure. It was the only plastic I could lay my hands on at the time. CD covers make poor bibs because they are too brittle, but it does illustrate the idea.

*The overly observant may count the wire wrapped around the bib in the first photo as the third tip in this post titled "Two quick tips".

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