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Fly fishing lure #1

About this design:

Ok ladies- this is my first attempt at making a fishing lure- you may ask why? I have no idea, except to say guys always ask at the craft shows "do you have fishing stuff or something for guys?” I meekly say no and try and try to talk them in to something for their mother or wife. Thus entered the idea to try this. So… hopefully some of you have a man that fishes in your life (I.e. husband, son, father, friend). Will y’all ask them what they think about my feeble attempt please. Or maybe some of you fish. I totally get it if you tell me to stick to beading. This is a whole big craft thing! I’m kind of excited about learning this. I mean even if it looks like ….. is a fish going to notice if the seed bead eyes are 1/4 inch too low? Seriously. My husband said it looks like a dry fly lure. He’s also trying to tell me 500 fun facts about fishing lures. TMI.


#1 hook because it would catch bigger fish. Our lake is huge. Marabou feathers and neck hackle. Fishing line, seed beads silver wire that I think was too thin.

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  1. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    I forgot to mention : on the little lures they use lots of seed beads to make body of the insects- fun fact- oh my goodness!

  2. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Well, my ex-boyfriend of 8 years…was a fisherman and my husband of 2 years was a fisherman. Neither of them caught very many fish. I do think your idea is great…handmade fishing lures. They actually look like the kind of lures used in trout fishing…but what do I know. Apparently you and your husband make a great team…I know you’ll do well at the shows and have fun too!!

  3. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    This is fun. You’re into a whole new thing now. This insect is very realistic. I once dated a guy who was trying to learn fly tying or something like that. Trying to make lures? He made me earrings from feathers he tied. His idea of romance, LOL. They were kind of cool. However, the panties with the big fish on the back were not really my style. I look forward to seeing more of these.

  4. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I have no fishing stories, but I think this turned out fantastic! If I were a fish, I’d bite at this as soon as I saw it. You did an outstanding job Robin! :)

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    I know nothing about fishing either – but I love the insect you made. Very cool. I hope you sell them all.

  6. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Well for one thing – I put the head at the wrong end hahaha. Now my granddaughter wants to learn too( the blind leading the blind). I think we better stick to big hooks while we’re learning.

  7. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Cute idea that a guy could use to decorate a fishing cap for Father’s Day.

  8. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Love your idea Pam.
    I think you should try it Robin.

  9. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Too cute! Go for it! When I clicked on the picture, I was not expecting a fly. Maybe a cuss word. But, I love the idea of trying new things!

  10. kye
    kye says:

    I don’t know a thing about fishing. Very interesting endeavor that I was not expecting to see. That’s another great idea Pam. Good luck Robin.

  11. Chicky Red-haired Grammy
    Chicky Red-haired Grammy says:

    What an exciting path you have chosen to explore! A suggestion – if you are on Facebook, throw a cast out there for comment. Good luck

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