Image Above: The Phox Minnow Blueprint
Despite owing a few drawing boards I rediscovered CAD this week after downloading a free to use program called Draftsight. It has been a good few years since I last used this type of software but I am slowly picking up the bad habits I got into last time. So I have set myself a bit of a challenge to come up with a set of plans and instructions on how to build a Balsa Minnow for anybody with a bit of spare time on their hands. One of the hardest tasks I find while making lures by hand is getting uniformity. The other is waiting, watching resin dry can be pretty nerve racking.
One of the big disappointments I often find with lure making tutorials and books is the reliance on a well kitted out workshops and a range of expensive power tools. So I have set myself some limitations as to tools and equipment.
As for the lure design, this is a refinement of a minnow I built a while ago that just keeps catching fish. The inspiration behind the design came from Japan and minnow lures that are still made by hand by craftsmen who should be working in temples rather than workshops.
Hopefully I will get the first vid out around the weekend and a PDF of the Plans. Watch this space.