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Custom Bona-fide Walleye Catchers
Making your Own Spinner Harnesses

A spinner harness is made up of several pieces. They have a swivel, heavy line, a clevis, blade, beads and hooks. Crawler harnesses normally have two or more hooks while minnow and leech harness have a solo hook.

In order to get started on your harness, you will need to gather some supplies. The sporting goods section should be the first stop. There you can pick up the majority of pieces that you will need.

Blades come in many shapes and styles. Willowleaf blades spin the fastest and have the most flash. They are also the quietest in the water. Colorado blades spin slower but yield an aggressive thump. Indiana blades fall somewhere in between.

Bigger blades are ideal for murkier waters because they can draw the walleye in the right direction. Bigger blades tend to work better with bigger fish as well. Smaller blades work well in clear waters. Sometimes smaller blades can stimulate walleyes to bite when nothing else will.

You will also need swivels and clevises. Get a variety of sizes so that you can play around with set-ups. Making your own spinner harnesses is all about experimentation. Quick-change clevises are a great option. They make changing bait quick and easy.

Hooks also need to make their way to the check out. Go with quality hooks in a variety of sizes. Some stores have pre-tied snells with one or two hooks. These can be a time-saver if you are trying to make a lot of spinner harnesses. Tying snells can be challenging; pre-tied ones can help stave of frustration.

The line is fairly straight forward. Walleye spinner harnesses typically use monofilament. Go with the lightest line that you can get away with. Lighter lines help prevent drag as well as decrease the odds of spooking the fish.

Beads make up the end of the spinner harness shopping list. The best place to obtain these is from the local craft or sewing store. Glass, faceted beads or solid plastic beads are the best options. Make sure that you go with an assortment of colors and sizes.

Once you have your supplies, the fun can get started. Work backwards when you make your spinner harness. Tie the hook or hooks onto the line. Next add the beads, the spinner blades, the clevis and swivel.

Try different combinations of beads, blades and hooks. Make sure that you have enough beads so that the spinner does not cover the hook. Also, a small bead added just below the clevis will help the rig spin much smoother.

A spinner harness can be deadly in walleye waters. Making your own rigs can get you in touch with your creative side. This is a fun way to customize and experiment with your walleye catching gear.


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