Since I am now a boater, and plan to drag some lures for wipers and wallies (maybe troutskis too), I have been adding to my arsenal of trolling lures. Since most fish respond best to contrasting colors, and are especially fond of whites, with red, blue or black backs, those are the colors I have used most. I also use a lot of glitters and some prism tape. The three attached pics show the three basic types of lures I have made...spoons, lipless crankbaits and blade lures. All of these perform well when trolled (or retrieved) at the higher speeds usually favored by wipers. I have not added hooks for the pics, but I use mostly Eagle Claw 575 2X strong nickle treble hooks. I also rig some with large single hooks...usually spinner bait hooks. I leave some plain and "decorate" others with feathers, hair and/or synthetics...like flashabou or Krystal Flash.
i wish this weather would warm up so we could do some r&d out at willard.
I buy the "trap" unpainted blanks from Barlows, but I have also repainted a lot of the factory jobs over the years. Some of their "plain vanilla" paint jobs are not quite as flashy as I like...or the fish like. I use a lot of different patterns of prism tape on the plain silver sides. I also do some glitter (surprise) and even add "hot dots" with spots of bright red or chartreuse. If you like frog finish flatfish, you should try to do a frog finish Trap. I use a metallic green background, a chartreuse yellow spot and then black for the center of the yellow. Yeah, once us lure-makin' boys gets a good supply of paint, glitter and prism tape you gotta just stand back and let us alone. Gettin' too close can result in radiation exposure.
looks good Pat. ive got a bunch of rattle traps i want to repaint i might steel your paint design
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