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September 21, 2007

Cheap Replacement Skirts for Light-Tackle Trolling Lures


Rick Azevedo, the mate on Legends 2 in Kona, Hawaii, showed me this inexpensive, yet effective skirting material for light-tackle lures and offshore flies. Buy a package of replacement nylon webbing for lawn chairs (found in most discount retailers or general hardware stores for a couple of bucks). With the hook rig snugged up to the lure head, measure the webbing, allowing for a 1/2- to 3/4-inch overlap. Cut two strips of webbing to the desired length, lay them in the opposite direction of the lure collar and tie them on with dental floss. Fold back the collar in the direction of the hooks, then finish with another wrap of floss or with reflective tape. On each strip, pull the horizontal cross threads to fray the webbing and shred each into individual streamers. Azevedo uses these skirts on light-tackle rigs (16-pount test and under) for striped marlin, spearfish, mahimahi and aku (skipjack tuna), or as blue-water fly material. Red, white and blue is used to imitate flying fish, while green and white mimic other forage species.

-Dave Lear, Tallahassee, Florida