There are many advantages of making your own lure – price, customisation and satisfaction to name a few.
Check our monster guide on how to make fishing lures for more information on this.
One of the best ways to get started with making lures is with one of the many fishing lure kits on the market.
We are going to provide for you the best fishing lure kit for a range of different lure types including: bass lures, trout spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastic lures, jigs and poppers or surface lures.
Let’s get right into this …
Best crankbait lure kits
Making beautiful and cost effective crankbaits is one of the most satisfying things you can do in DIY lure making
This Muddy Bros crankbait building kit contains enough materials to make 20 different slow sinking two-and-three-quarter inch crankbaits. Choose one of the 72 pattern decals or you can paint the lure according to your own design.
The kit includes a mold, resin, split rings, measuring vials, hooks, hook eyes, lips, decals, and lead wire for customizing lure running depth. There are illustrated instructions included with the kit and instructional videos on the Muddy Bros website.
If you are after a kit that includes a variety of different body shapes and dive depths – ranging from surface poppers to deep diving minnows – this JSHANMEI kit allows you to make 12 different hard bodied lures.
Best spinning lure kit
This Muddy Bros spinning lure making kit has enough gear to make 12 different inline spinners. Included is a wire forming tool to make the eyes in the wire, 12 in-line spinner blades, over 100 nickel, brass, and colored beads, a dozen split rings, ten inches of latex tubing, 12 body wires, twelve hooks, and instructions. These are great not just for trout, but small and large-mouth bass, blue gil and other types of panfish as well as kokanee salmon.
Best spinnerbait kit
Netcraft’s spinnerbait kit includes everything required for 10 great spinnerbaits. The lead heads are popular sizes and colors and are poured on premium spinnerbait hooks. Kit also includes silicone skirts, roller and ball bearing swivels, split rings, beads, clevises and plenty of spinner blades for experimentation.
Best soft plastic making kit
The best way to approach soft plastics is to buy one of the many different shaped molds available and some plastisol (the plastic used in this process) and make the lures of your choice. (For those keen to make their own jigs, please find more information here.)
For the environmentally conscious the EcoLureMaker Soft Bait Lure Making Kit gives you the ability to make more than 40 biodegradable environmentally friendly soft plastic lures. These lures last for about an hour in the water. The kit comes with instructions, the soft bait rubber, nine lure shapes and re-usable Molding Putty for making your own molds of the lure shapes.
Best lure blanks
Another popular choice with lure makers, particularly those who are just starting out with making lures is to get pre-made lure blanks as a starting point. Just bring your own split rings and hooks and paint these your preferred colours and you are are done.
These come in a variety of types including:
True do-it-yourself lure making
For those who want take things a step further, you can go beyond kits and blanks and truly make your own lures from scratch with wooden blanks cut, carved and sanded to your specifications.
See our complete guide to making lures to learn more about the techniques involved.
Top quality lure components can be bought cost effectively from the following suppliers: