Building spinners

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Those of you who build spinners instead of buying them, where do you buy components?
 
Troutski
Philomath Oregon

Philomath Oregon

Fishermans Corner in Philomath, great place and very knowledgeable people...highly recommended.

Chuck
 
troutdude
Don Green at Fisherman's Shack (Hwy. 99W between Corvallis and Monmouth). I've known Don for at least 30 years, and he is THE most knowledgeable spinner person that I know (outside of Jed Davis, of course). He carries Jed Davis-style components and many more.

Here is Don's weblink:

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P.S. I took Lil Salmon to meet Don a few months ago. She'll give a great recommendation too. And I'd be happy to take you out to Don's shack sometime too if you like. It's only about 10 minutes north of Corvallis.
 
Admin
I looooove my lures! I didn't catch anything today but I loooove my lures! :D I bought components to build lures that would be an equivalent of #3 Blue Fox. But what I built is heavier, a can cast it way further, I can fish with it deeper, I can retrieve it slower. Plus! All components for one lure cost me $1.5 instead of $3.19 I paid for Blue Fox before. ;) I know one thing for sure - I don't buy lures any more. From today I build my own lures. :dance:
 
beaverfan
Now that you know how to build them I highly recommend the site I mentioned earlier. They got some really really cool stuff!
 
troutdude
Anatoliy said:
I looooove my lures! I didn't catch anything today but I loooove my lures! :D I bought components to build lures that would be an equivalent of #3 Blue Fox. But what I built is heavier, a can cast it way further, I can fish with it deeper, I can retrieve it slower. Plus! All components for one lure cost me $1.5 instead of $3.19 I paid for Blue Fox before. ;) I know one thing for sure - I don't buy lures any more. From today I build my own lures. :dance:

Way to go...another spinner making addict has been added to the club! I've been making my own for about 15 - 20 years, ever since I bought "Spinner Fishing for Steehead, Salmon, and Trout", by Jed Davis (Frank Amato Publications).

I recommend getting a 1st or 2nd edition of Jed's book (if you can find one). It has color plates, that the newest (3rd) edition no longer has. Plus, Jed lives near Eugene and mostly fishes the Mac and the S. Santiam.

The first time that I used a Jed Davis design (all BLACK components), I hooked into 4 MONSTER Fall 'nooks in ONE day on the Siltez!!! Under the correct conditions, BLACK is the "go to" color.
 
troutdude
Welcome Doc C, I have an Uncle from your neck o' the woods.

FYI, most spinners sold in the stores are made to get OUR attention. But, most of them are NOT eye appealing to the fish. A peep only needs a handful of variations in colors--and some tubing and prism tape--to hook fish (black, black & green, chrome, brass, etc).
 
Doc Crappie
Thanks and I have noticed some of you guys can really make some impressive inline spinners. Perhaps I will try it one day but right now I find tying my jigs just as relating and enjoyable as you all do making spinners. What is the smallest spinner you can make that will still be productive for silvers. I would be interested in trying some micro spinners on a fly rod myself....
 
lilsalmon
Fisherman's shack is awesome!!!! Don spent a long time with me too and whipped up an equivalent to a Vibric (not Vibrax) spinner...I havent used all of mine yet cuz I be fly fishing but the ones I did use that I made worked great....My son is camping with his dad and I am sending some with him to try out.....I love his logo on there....thats new.

BTW...nice looking spinners....yay and you caught something with them......more celebration
 
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troutdude
Cool! Nice design.

Don is a great guy!
 
DirectDrive
Anatoliy said:
I looooove my lures! I didn't catch anything today but I loooove my lures! :D I bought components to build lures that would be an equivalent of #3 Blue Fox. But what I built is heavier, a can cast it way further, I can fish with it deeper, I can retrieve it slower. Plus! All components for one lure cost me $1.5 instead of $3.19 I paid for Blue Fox before. ;) I know one thing for sure - I don't buy lures any more. From today I build my own lures. :dance:
You're totally off the chain Ana !
Those are awesome looking spinners !
Now you know why Taco Bells (Blue Foxes) are inferior :)

Don Greene is the last of the Mohicans.....it'll be a sad day for spinner twisters when he retires.
 
troutdude
Anatoliy:

Since I am the one responsible for your new found addiction...I find it necessary now, to also get you into the following group and get you the help you need.......................

Spinner Alcoholics Anonymous

And I will be glad to make sure that you get to your much needed support meetings. It will be a long hard road to recovery, but we know that you can make it.

ROTFL!!!

P.S. I have said it before many times--and I'll mention it again--Don Green is one of the nicest peeps that I have ever known!
 
Airs98
Anatoliy,

If it's not too much trouble can you post a list of spinner making tools you have bought to start building your own spinners? I want to get started too. Your photos have inspired me :)
 
troutdude
I'll be happy to chime in on this, since I am the one responsible for Anatoliy's addiction.

In my opinion, the best thing that you can do is to get a copy of "Spinner Fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout"; by Jed Davis. It is available from Amato Publications in Portland. You will learn most of what you need to know, from Jed.
 
DirectDrive
Airs98 said:
Anatoliy,

If it's not too much trouble can you post a list of spinner making tools you have bought to start building your own spinners? I want to get started too. Your photos have inspired me :)

There are, IMHO, 4 ways to go :

1. Needle Nose Plier.....produces a "D" shaped loop.....many use this method
2. Boggs Tackle Maker....a cast and machined device that clamps (bolts) to your bench....similar to the Cabela's but with a wider throat for more capability
3. TwistTech....a machined device that can bolt to your table.....nice stuff
4. Round Bend Plier....my preferred method
My favorite RBP:
Xcelite RN54 Round Nose pliers, Discount Prices on Xcelite RN54 Round Nose pliers
 
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Airs98
Great! Thanks guys! Do you know of any good video? A spinner making tutorial of some sort available online?
 
Airs98
Beautiful! Thank you!
 
fish_4_all
I buy my componets from Lakeland and Hagens. Mainly for a lack of availability of anything descent localy. I can make a Vibrax type spinner for about $0.85-1.10 depending on size and Mepps type for about $0.55. If I had a local resource for them I would buy local. I do make sure to buy as many products as possible that are made in the USA which is another reason why I buy from both of them a lot.
 
Airs98
fish_4_all said:
I buy my componets from Lakeland and Hagens. Mainly for a lack of availability of anything descent localy. I can make a Vibrax type spinner for about $0.85-1.10 depending on size and Mepps type for about $0.55. If I had a local resource for them I would buy local. I do make sure to buy as many products as possible that are made in the USA which is another reason why I buy from both of them a lot.

I hear you. I went to Fisherman's to check out their spinner component selection and the prices are through the roof. Is it me, or, is it really expensive at Fisherman's?
 
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