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Got some plans, just need supplies.

I am going to start tinkering with some spinner ideas based on the classic walleye crawler harness. First step is to build a few standard harnesses. Colorado spin blade, 4-5 colored beads, two hand-snelled hooks inline (size 4 baitholder)

Once I make up a few of these, I plan to substitute the hooks for 1/16 oz jig heads and try to make "minnow harnesses" so to speak. Don't know how well they will work, but I was thinking that if I can match the blade size and color with the jig head and beads, I might be able to get a perch rig for when I'm trolling up here in these little lakes near the house.

I'm positive this has all been done before, but it will be my first "Tackle Craft" project and I am pretty jazzed to get going.


I have looked at Barlows and NetCraft online and am finding that the best deals on spinners and beads and such are on eBay. Sure the selection isn't as epic and you're sort of taking what's available, but for cost value, it is looking like it will be worth it to source parts from multiple areas. Beads I can get from a hobby shop... Blades and clevises... Those are going to have to be sourced.

Anyone have a favorite online store for lure parts at good prices? It would be nice to find some closeouts on holographic blades or even just a solid deal on hammered brass. I'm not ready to start painting stuff yet, so I'll either need to buy pre-painted stuff or go with generic metallics.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Well look, when I'm at home and can't "just fish" I want to do fishing-related ****.

During the day before work throughout the week, I need fishing stuff to do when I can't be on the water. I would like to be able to be constructive.
 

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My first harness. Hate the blade color, but it's all I had in my spare-parts bin. Should catch a fish or two.
 

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I don't know if you have read up on on how and why harnesses work but the bead color and blade color should emulate bait fish. I never used that color but I don't know what the feesh eat out there. I like certain colors for certain lakes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYQC_YV-x7I
 

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Thanks GR. Yea, I just wanted to make one up and these were the only colors I had at the time. Since I built this one earlier today, I have acquired a bunch of blue beads and a silver blade (ripped of an old lure).

I'll give this one a try, but the colors are terrible, as you noticed. Only thing i could think of with that set of colors would be small brown or brook trout... None of those in my lakes up here.
 

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Better colors on my second one... Beads are slightly bigger than I planned, but it'll work
 

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Hey fellas... You think blue/silver will be a winning combo?

Lots of bass, gills and some crappie in this lake along with the perch... Seems like blue and silver would imitate bass fry, minnows, or maybe juvenile gills?
 

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I am much like you, when I can't fish I like to be going through my tackle box, modifying lures, etc... So I don't blame you on wanting to be constructive. However, I think there are much better techniques to go after perch than a harness.
 

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Yea, of course there are better methods. I know how to tip a crappie jig under a slip bobber, I know how to vert jig kastys and tubes. I'm primarily doing the harnesses as a means to start building some tackle and developing some techniques for perch.

Im my original post I talked about tweaking the design to incorporate minnows rather than crawlers.

When I get out on big waters, I'll use these standard harnesses for walleye.

For now, I'm dinking around small lakes in a raft and toying with some cheap easy tackle projects. :)
 

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If I was fishing for eyes...I'd grab the first harness you made. I'm a big fire tiger color guy..In most daytime situations for walleyes, I prefer chartreuse, pink, yellow, orange, green, white or red. Just my opinion.

For minnows...just lose the stinger hook. Also..in early spring..just a few beads and a hook..sans spinner can work well.
 
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