You’ve heard or read that wood plugs have action and vibration in the water that attracts fish strikes better than say, plastic. Your tackle box is full of plastic lures, but you’ve never fished wood. OK, not only will you give wood a try, you’ll make some wood plugs yourself. Here’s a little checklist:

1. Wood – What kind, why, where to get?

2. Lure(s) – Size, weight, where weight? Swim deep or shallow or surface? Shape, profile?

3. Hardware – Through-wire? Wire pre-forms, wrap your own? If wrapping, how to secure? Hooks – how many, where, size, type? Swivels, split rings? Wire dimension? What weight swivels, split rings? What for weight – plugs, hot lead? Dress hooks – with what, how?

4. Tools – Lathe? Carving knife? Saw? Drill? Sand – by hand, rotary, belt or combination? Split ring pliers? Needle-nose pliers? Small vise? What else?

5. Assembly – Through-wire hole (diameter, why, when drill?) Size hole to hold a body hook? Hole diameter/depth to get desired total weight? When/how many times sand, what grit? When add hook(s)?

6. Finish – What type paint? How many coats? Brush or spray? Primer? Protective clear finish – how may coats? Eyes – store-bought (ugh!)? Painted, how, when apply? How to dry between coats?

Phase II Lures are made the old-fashioned way, from hand-carved cedar wood, which has a long, successful fishing tradition. Plain colors, no exotic surface designs, hand-created as much as possible, local materials, made to catch fish not people, (and they certainly do catch fish). The more than twenty “making” steps in each Phase II Lure, ensure your catch. Forget making your own - contact us and we’ll get proven cedar wood lures to you promptly.

Dick Fincher, Phase II Lures,, 203 226 7252,

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