Most of us like the fun of catching fish on a lure we made. While my site carries some great lures and other fishing supplies, along with great flies hand made in the U.S.A., still there is nothing quite like catching a lunker with your own creation. I have always been a big fan of the wedding ring style lures, as they attract a variety of fish. I have been making my own for several years.
You will need to pick up some spinner blades at your local fishing supply store. Don’t worry about style a whole lot. They need to be fairly small. Stroll over to the lure section and look at the wedding ring lures on sale. That size blade is what you want! Now for the hooks, purchase the size which corresponds with your fishing locations and habits. If you want to buy snelled hooks, do so, but try to buy ones with the longest possible leaders. If you have no good leader at home, get some now if you plan to tie your own hooks. Be sure to purchase some snap-on swivel hooks. Now go to a bead store (many fishing supplies carry lots of beads, but you will have a cheaper and better selection at a bead hobby store). Get a number of small red or chartreuse beads (I like the red ones) and if possible find some larger beads which have flat spots to reflect the light.
Now you have all the supplies you need! Tie a hook to your leader, or if you are using snelled hooks, clip off the top, leaving only the hook and longest possible leader. Now string on two small beads, and the larger reflective bead, followed by two more small beads. If you do not use the larger bead, add one or two smaller beads. Next goes the blade. It has a hole already in it, and works great just strung on the line. Now tie the end of the leader to your snap swivel, and you are done!
With a fishing worm, this is a dynamite lure. If you want to fish without natural bait, instead of a hook, use a tied fly. It will work great. These lures will keep your lines tight, at just a fraction of the cost of the commercial ones.