Tuesday, October 19, 2010

DIY Fishing

One of the great things about fishing is the fact that it offers so many opportunities for " Do It Yourself " projects. Anglers who are good with their hands and a bit creative are constantly making new and effective fishing gear. Some of the best kept secrets of many fishermen are hand made lures , flies and jigs.

Hand made lures will often produce better than commercially available lures because of small differences in the way they are made. There are kits available to make a wide variety of baits that can be customized to fit your needs. It's even possible to make your own custom soft plastics. With a fly tying kit , you can get started tying your own flies and jigs for a variety of fish. The possibilities are endless.

Of course , anglers aren't limited to just making lures. You can find everything you need to make your own rods online and even parts to customize your reels. It doesn't end there either. I've seen some pretty nice fishing carts and rod holders made out of PVC pipe.

I could spend days describing custom gear I've seen over the years and still not cover all of it. Many fishermen have a pioneering spirit and will make something they need if they can't find it for sale. Making your own gear can also save you a significant amount of money. 

It is an amazing feeling to catch fish using lures or equipment you've made yourself. I'll be doing a few posts over the next month covering a couple of easy DIY projects , for anyone who is interested.

Have a great week!

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