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Make Trolling Spinners for Salmon and Steelhead

Learn How to Make Trolling Spinners for Salmon and Steelhead!

How to make trolling spinners for salmon and steelhead

How to make trolling spinners for salmon and steelhead

In our latest post we’ll be showing you how to make your own trolling spinners for Salmon and Steelhead, for about $2 each.

It’s a pretty-well-known fact that making your own lures, no matter what type or style, is a great way to save money, as well as allowing you to customize your lures to be exactly what you want them to be, instead of having to settle for factory-made fare. The combination of components and color choices is endless, allowing you to tweak your bait in just about every aspect.

Inline spinners are no exception. Whether you make them to cast for trout in streams, rivers and lakes, or to troll in big waters for salmon and steelhead, the same holds true. Buying the components individually and assembling them yourself is not only fun, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing you’re catching fish on lures you made with your own hands 🙂

As with our previous post, we will be making on inline spinner. But this one will be a bit different than the last one in the fact that this spinner will be used for trolling, instead of casting.

How to make trolling spinners for salmon and steelhead

How to make trolling spinners for salmon and steelhead

This type of spinner will look somewhat similar in its design, but will require some different components to make it more rugged, for the bigger fish it will be catching. Also, because it’s trolled and not being cast, it will be assembled a bit differently.

Big Salmon and Steelhead can be brutes and you want to make sure you build spinners that will be up to the task, not bending or breaking while under the pressure of a massive fish, as it surges or jumps.

As with the last post, we will be including a tutorial video at the end, to show you the exact steps needed to build these spinners with the least amount of difficulty. Tyler walks you through a few new tips that make it easier than if you were trying to figure it out yourself.

Oh, and in addition to a list of the necessary parts, we will also be giving you a list of the tools needed to make these lures. This way you’re equipped with everything you need before you sit down and start putting them together.

Tyler does a great job of letting you know which colors work best for him, but keep in mind that you can adjust the colors for your own lures and test some new color schemes, based on your own personal preferences or the water conditions where you live 🙂

Here are the individual part numbers and links to each part, for your convenience:

Tools needed:
Needle Nose Pliers – narrow nose is preferred
Split Ring Pliers – Item #4151
Scissors (for cutting the surgical tubing)
Small bowl of water
Liquid Dish Soap (to be used as a lubricant for sliding the tubing over some of the other lure components)

If you’d like to visit Tyler’s YouTube channel, you can do so here: Frugal Fisherman

Make Your Own Inline Spinners

French Spinner Blades

French Spinner Blades

Make your own inline spinners.

Inline spinners have been around for a very long time and they have caught millions of fish covering hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of different species across the globe.

It’s safe to say that they are a fishing staple for many different species pursued by anglers worldwide.

The reason for their wild popularity is that in-line spinners just plain catch fish. And even better is the fact that they’re not hard to use. Cast it out, reel it in. It’s that easy! Of course you can vary retrieve speeds, etc., to try to trigger bites from lethargic fish, but day in and day out, that’s not necessary to get fish to bite on inline spinners.

Inline spinners range in size from very tiny, for small panfish and trout, to extra-heavy-duty for monster northern pike and musky. They have been responsible for some serious trophy fish over the decades.

Some really nice spinners can be bought at retail stores across the globe, as well as a slew of online tackle retailers. They can range from very basic, to extremely customized with regard to the look of them. Most are reasonably priced, but when you start getting into the heavy duty spinners for pike and musky, they can get expensive in a hurry.

Homemade Inline Spinner

Medium Inline Spinner – Created by Tackle Underground member ciumbaca

This is where wanting to make your own inline spinners comes into play, to save you a lot of money and give you the freedom and flexibility to make them exactly they way you want them.

Pictured to the left is a beautiful homemade inline spinner, created by Tackle Underground member ciumbaca.

This is just one of the many inline spinners he created and posted photos of, but it gives you a good idea of how nice homemade inline spinners can be made to look.

In addition to being able to tweak the colors, size and other options, if you make your own inline spinners, you can also turn out some super-high-quality baits for less than you could buy them for if you bought factory goods or had someone custom-make them for you.

And, of course, you get the satisfaction of catching nice fish on lures you made, which is a major part of why people choose to make their own lures to begin with. And who doesn’t want to save money, right?

So what we’d like to do now is give you some detailed instructions, showing you how to make your own inline spinners. But instead of writing it out and requiring you to read through a lengthy article, we’ve chosen to show you how in a great tutorial video put together by Tyler, a Lure Parts Online customer who was nice enough to take the time to create the video.

In addition to showing you how to make some nice inline spinners, Tyler also shows you what it will cost, so you know right up front what’s involved regarding your budget and how much you’ll save vs. buying spinners from retail stores.

This awesome video goes into great detail when it comes to showing you exactly what parts you’ll need to purchase, including all of the part numbers. So be sure to grab a pencil and piece of paper so you can take notes and jot down ideas that you might get as you watch the video.

In case you missed any of the part numbers in the video, you can visit the Lure Parts Online website, in the inline spinner parts section, by clicking this link: Inline Spinner Parts

And here are the individual part numbers and links to each part, for your convenience:

If you’d like to visit Tyler’s YouTube channel, you can do so here: Frugal Fisherman