Ok, first let me say, I am not sexist. I actually grew up more of a tomboy. But not where sports are concerned. I helped build old cars with my dad. And I love to fish. And I really, really want to go hunting sometime.
It’s just that I had so many projects and fun things to do with my girls – crafts, scrapbooking, sewing, baking, etc. And for whatever reason, my boys aren’t really interested in that. Except the baking. That’s because they get to eat the end results. My oldest son has perfected baking chocolate chip cookies. And cheesesteak hoagies.
Now my boys are older and I really want them to do more things than just video games. We are gradually finding more activities for them to try. Unfortunately, most of the things I am not that skilled at and my husband’s work has him away a lot. As we find fun projects, I will gladly share because there does seem to be a shortage of projects for boys.
My husband found this really interesting video on You Tube to make your own fishing lures using paracord. You can purchase paracord online here.
Here’s dad and Jared making lures:
First, you need to cut some paracord about five inches long. Pull the white threads out about an inch.
Insert a fishing hook as far as you can (go in from the side where the white threads are hanging out as shown below). We used #6 size fishing hook but you can go bigger depending on what you want to try to catch.
Cut the end of the cord to butt up against the end of the hook. Use a match or lighter to melt the end of the paracord and quickly pinch together to melt together with the hook, right below where the end of the circle part of the fishing hook is. You still need to leave that exposed to actually tie lure onto rod. Pic above shows them pinching the cord after melting.
Use a pointy end of a pin, needle, or dart, to pull apart the white threads so they fan outwards. Also, pull apart a little bit of the cord and fluff it out some.
Sorry for the mess, this is our homeschool table which is always covered in projects. They ended up making a dozen of them. And perfect timing, just heard Florida doubled the free days you can fish without a license.
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