In addition to factory-made fishing lures, I also use handmade ones. For me, going with the self-handmade wooden lures has its own feel, it's a kind of the blend of pleasure and satisfaction.
In the early days of fishing, mostly I used factory-made lures. A Sotelo WTD Stickbait was to be my first lure that was also to be the beginning of my fishing stories.
I used to have a problem with the fishing knots which resulted in missing lures. I still remember how messed I was, got my first Rapala Skitter Pop lost on a fish strike on Serang River, the second Skitter Pop has thrown off the line on Progo River and also a Shimano WTD stickbait thrown off on Sepuri River.
I found the problem was in the knot. It's connecting between the braided line and leader line. As I read much in fishing articles "do checking the fishing knots regularly", for me it's true. I blame myself for careless or not applying it well. Tried to handle the problem, I did more care in the knots and thought about making the lures by myself. To achieve it, I googled articles of "How to Make" wooden lures and also learned from factory-made lures I bought.
The First Experiment
I am happy with my Rapala ultra light minnow, so first of all I tried to copy the body form of it. It might be not a problem for me to copy the body form, but the problem was how making the proper lure action. I realized that it was not as simple as just copying the body form. I believe the lure manufacturing process involves many processes from the 3D modelling to the end testing.
So What I Could Do With a Handmade Wooden Lure of Mine
I am not an engineer in the field. Best I could do was to try to figure out the attitudes of the factory-made lures I bought. I put it in the water, performed the position test both including the hooks and without, figured out the head and tail position, watched the movements on retrieve. Finally made my own conclusion, then tried to apply the attitudes into my wooden lures. That's it.
How's the Progress
It was May 2017, I performed test series of my handmade wooden lure (a popper) on Tinalah River. Pop... pop... bulb... pop... I was happy with the sounds and the water splash, it was stable enough.
May 8, 2018, I made it. My heart raced to find the popper strike suddenly. Ah, It was missed, but it's back to strike again in the next seconds. Yes! It was hooked and successfully landed. It was a palung (hampala barb). The top water strike was enough to make my heart raced but that moment was "double" heart raced. "Double" because it was a top water strike on my own hand-made wooden lure.
Unfortunately, I could not make a picture of the moment due to running out of my phone battery, but I wanted to show it to my fellow fishing buddies, so instead of released I decided to take the fish home. The fish was more than 1 Kg in weight and around 41 Cm in length, it's the biggest Palung I ever caught on the Tinalah River even until I was writing this story.
That moment influenced me with the confidence to make my next wooden lures.
The self handmade wooden lure is not just about lure stocks, but it's more. For me, going with it has its own feel, it's a kind of the blend of pleasure and satisfaction. From the process of making to twitch it, even more on strike and landed fish. A cup of coffee is worth for it.
The self-handmade wooden lure is not intended to replace the factory-made ones. I don't have all of various brands of the factory-made lures existed, but I believe that going with the established brands of it will provide stability of action, attractive colors as well as the confidence.
Here's my wooden lure making video that is followed by the first catch of it. This video is special to me since the "lost footages" due to inaccessible storage device months ago. Fortunately, the Seagate Data Recovery Services did a magic for me, mentioning the service I am not in affiliate with the company, but I am expressing my personal experience about their good services. The video is not intended to be the "How to" video, simply it's the wooden lure in my fishing story.