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Todd in NY

DIY Worm Harness Questions

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When making your own worm harnesses, what size and type of hooks, line, spinners, and beads do you use for catching Great Lakes walleye.

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7 hours ago, C hammond said:

17 pound test fluorocarbon, 2 number two octopus hooks and number 6 Colorado blades. I make mine about 5 feet long.

 

Thanks for the info!

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make sure to use a folded clevis or a plastic one or line failure is just a good fish away

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4 minutes ago, C hammond said:

I forgot I usually put the two hooks about 3 and a half inches apart 

 

Thanks for the clarification.

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2 minutes ago, Tradman said:

make sure to use a folded clevis or a plastic one or line failure is just a good fish away

 

I'm not familiar with a folded or plastic clevis, so I will do some research, thanks!

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Slow Death hook rigs (single hooks) are great for walleye. I use PLINE Flouroclear 20lb, mainly out of convenience because I had a roll of it. It’s a fluorocarbon coated mono.


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20lb fluorocarbon 48”, 3 #2 bait hooks, 3,4,or5 size blades, then , a bead , then float above each hook.

 

The floats keeps the harness off the zebra mussel.

 

 

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Thanks again for all the info and tips, greatly appreciated!!!

 

Where is the best place to buy supplies for making your own walleye worm harnesses?

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48 minutes ago, rayfish said:

Jann’s netcraft


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Thanks! Never heard of them, so I appreciate it.

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Yes, Jan's Netcraft is the best, however I usually buy all my supplies at my local bait & tackle shops.  They don't have the lures I need but they have all the harness supplies! 

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I'll have to check some local bait and tackle shops to see what they carry. Jann's looks like a good web site, judging from the little bit I've seen of it so far.

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I tie lots of spinner rigs and my new favorite place for supplies is walleyesupply.com.  Really nice selection of components and blades.  Totally agree on the plastic quick change clevis and they make bigger and smaller ones depending on what size blades you use.  

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11 minutes ago, Todd in NY said:

Thanks slipbob, I'll check out their selection.

Have fun.  Always fun to catch fish on something you made just like flies or jigs.  The big thing you'll find is how picky the fish can be on certain color blades and with the quick change clevis's you can switch the other rigs out to that blade color in a hurry.  

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1 hour ago, slipbob said:

Have fun.  Always fun to catch fish on something you made just like flies or jigs.  The big thing you'll find is how picky the fish can be on certain color blades and with the quick change clevis's you can switch the other rigs out to that blade color in a hurry.  

 

I didn't even think about having the ability or option of switching out blade colors to find what the fish want. Thanks!

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I have tied my own for the last few years it's easy and good to catch em on something you made . I found a few places to get supples there is netcraft , walleye supply.com and lure parts online also you can find videos on how to tie them have fun


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Fishaholic59 and C Hammond, thanks for the info. There's no way our boat launches will be thawed before walleye season closes this month, so I have plenty of time to research things and buy my supplies.

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Todd what color beads do you need, I have more than I’ll use in my lifetime. I use 6mm faceted. I’ll send you a pic of my selection and I’ll give you a bunch to get started. For hooks I use the size 4 octopus hooks, I have different versions of the slow death hooks, there’s 3 or 4 different versions I’ll pm you this tomorrow!! PAP

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Thanks Mike, much appreciated! But no need to mail them to me. I plan on meeting you in Brewerton March 17th :). But pics of what you have will help me decide what I need, since I don't have ANYTHING yet, lol.

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