Making Wooden Fishing Lures: Carving and Painting Techniques that Really Catch Fish

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Get Caught Up In Eleven Easy To Follow Lure Projects
Making a usable fishing lure from a scrap of wood and some paint is a fun and easy project for anyone who enjoys fishing, carving, or collecting. Award-winning carver and fishing enthusiast Rich Rousseau likes to do them all, so he decided to share his fish-tested designs for creating a variety of fresh and saltwater lures.
Divided into three main chapters, Making Wooden Fishing Lures, covers...

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Overview

Get Caught Up In Eleven Easy To Follow Lure Projects
Making a usable fishing lure from a scrap of wood and some paint is a fun and easy project for anyone who enjoys fishing, carving, or collecting. Award-winning carver and fishing enthusiast Rich Rousseau likes to do them all, so he decided to share his fish-tested designs for creating a variety of fresh and saltwater lures.
Divided into three main chapters, Making Wooden Fishing Lures, covers everything you need to know about wood, types of lures, extra options to add to your lure, how to dress a hook, and full-sized bonus patterns to develop your skills. Along with the wonderful lures you can make yourself, you will be reeled in by the full-color gallery of historic and contemporary wooden lures, accompanied by an introduction from top collector Butch Bartz.
Rousseau's love of lure making and fishing in general is evident in the Fun Fish Facts and entertaining stories that are littered throughout the book.

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Carving a fishing lure may seem like a simple task, but the finished product has to attract fish! Veteran carver and fisherman Rousseau's detailed step-by-step instructions with measured drawings are for lures guaranteed to catch fish (when used in the proper spot, of course). Intended for fishers who are handy with a carving knife, this book will also appeal to fishing-lure collectors.

For the avid fisher among you, get hooked with this useful and fun guide on how to make your own fishing lures.

Award-winning carver and fish enthusiast, Rich Rousseau, shares his fish-tested designs for creating a variety of fresh and saltwater lures. Divided into three clear sections, the reader is introduced firstly to what is needed in getting started, looking at the different lures commonly used, timber required, and essential tools needed to do the job. We then move on to a series of 11 lure projects, each designed to catch different types of fish such as bass, perch, saltwater fish and salmon, with lure designs being anything from a floating-diving minnow to a frog, mallard duckling or weasel.

The final part of this book deals with further options such as adding jointed bodies, dressed hooks, and alternate uses for common hardware items. This is definitely a great guide for all you carvers who enjoy a, spot of fishing. Put this on your Christmas list!

Learn how to make wooden lures with Rich Rousseau's fish-tested techniques for carving realistic bait based on the correct sizes and colors that particular species of fish are attracted to. The 176-page. 9" by 6" book covers what wood and tools to use, where to get hardware, and how to produce a beautiful airbrushed paint job. Step-by-step instructions, full-color photos, and detailed diagrams included.

Making a fishing lure from a scrap of wood and some paint is a fun and easy project for anyone who enjoys fishing. What's more, there's nothing like catching a big bass on a lure that you have made yourself. Award-winning carver and fishing enthusiast Rich Rousseau has developed numerous hand-made wooden lures over the years, so he decided to share his fish-tested designs for creating a variety of fresh and saltwater lures.

Divided into three main chapters, this book covers everything you need to know about wood, types of lures and how to rig them up. Along with the wonderful lures you can make yourself, you will be reeled in by the full colour gallery of historic and contemporary wooden lures, accompanied by an introduction from top collector Butch Bartz.

No lying or truth stretching with this book, the author, in great detail, shows you how to make those wooden lures that will snare the big ones. Rousseau shows you how to make the simplest to the more complicated articulated lures. Making the lures from various wood species is only part of the fun, Rousseau tells (and shows) you the art of painting the lures as well. Although the fish are color blind it's the patterns that attract them. The colors attract the fishers.

Looking to net pike or musky? The author shows you step by step, how to make a mallard duckling to bring in those toughies. There are 11 winning lures that Rousseau details for the reader and he takes great care to help you make them accurately.

A list of tools are outlined as well as a comprehensive list of some of the metal components required to make the lures work and sparkle.

Fishers pay big bucks at outfitters for these lures so it could save you a lot of money. In fact, make it a cottage business for yourself. If you do any fishing at all, you will love this book.

Library Journal
Carving a fishing lure may seem like a simple task, but the finished product has to attract fish! Veteran carver and fisherman Rousseau's detailed step-by-step instructions with measured drawings are for lures guaranteed to catch fish (when used in the proper spot, of course). Intended for fishers who are handy with a carving knife, this book will also appeal to fishing-lure collectors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565234468
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/24/2010
  • Pages: 175
  • Sales rank: 334,753
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Rousseau is an award-winning woodcarver of fish and lures. He lives in Mancelona, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Introduction 8
Lure Gallery 10
Chapter 1: Getting Started 18

Chapter 2: Lure Step-By-Step Projects 36
Lure 1: Surface Prop Bait 38
Scrap Wood and a hand-painted finish make this an approachable first project
Lure 2: Surface Popper 54
This lure, using a purchased lure rough-out with a spray-paint finish, will teach you some alternative methods
Lure 3: Perch Crawler 66
You'll learn airbrushing technique on this dowel-rod lure
Lure 4: Saltwater Flatfish 80
Get out some scrap wood and your airbrush for this saltwater beauty
Lure 5: Floating-Diving Minnow 90
Practice shading with your airbrush on this 1 by 2 scrap wood lure
Lure 6: Pan Fish 100
This scrap wood lure will give you some experience with dressed hooks and making spots with your airbrush
Lure 7: Minnow Chaser 107
Learn how to make a chaser on this airbrushed scrap wood minnow
Lure 8: Floating-Diving Frog 118
You'll use a purchased rough-out and an airbrush to create this spotted lure
Lure 9: Sinking Wiggler 124
Create a scrap wood lure with an airbrushed fire tiger paint scheme
Lure 10: Mallard Duckling 131
This scrap wood duckling demonstrates the versatility of a hand-brushed acrylic paint job
Lure 11: Weasel 146
Gather a purchased rough-out, your airbrush, and some sawdust to make this furry lure

Chapter 3: Options 158
Jointed Lures 160
Wire-Through Lures 161
Natural-Colored Dressed Treble Hooks 163
Colorful dressed Treble Hooks 165
Alternate Ways to Utilize Hardware 167
Appendix: Bonus Patterns 168
Resources: 174
Index: 175

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    some-what good

    lacking sizes on some lure parts....and errors on dimensions on some drawings

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