Craftsmanship: from design to manufacturing

Are you a crafter, a DIYer or just curious about the manufacturing steps? This article will help you understand our main mechanisms for creating our lures.

We will discuss the 3 main categories of lures, namely hard lures, rotating and undulating spoons and finally soft lures.

I) Lures made from biosourced and biodegradable resin

Before arriving at the final product, there is a lot of labor, but also design because a lure does not swim the first time. Two things will have an influence: the shape and especially the balance, which will allow the lure to swim when descending, to pass through strong currents while remaining vertical... In short, the entire action of the lure will depend of these two parameters!
Months of design and testing are therefore necessary to achieve innovative swimming and perfect balance. For this, in addition to hydrodynamics (action of water on the lure), we play on 7 to 8 different mass points. The weights are steel balls.
Once manufactured, assembled, glued and sanded (steps not very interesting so we will skip them for this article), we move on to painting. It is done manually using an airbrush but some details are done with a brush. I use a glitter paint as a base that shines in the sun, and on top of it more matte colors to enhance the natural side. The paints are acrylic (i.e. the solvent is water), "Made in Spain", and are therefore more environmentally friendly than solvent-based paint.
Finally, we finish with the varnish, which is an anti-UV and flexible epoxy. This provides excellent resistance to shocks and limits aging when exposed to the sun. But why not use a biosourced varnish? Quite simply because there is currently no equivalent offering such good resistance to the elements. The limit is therefore technological.
We use a varnish lathe, which allows us to smooth the "skin" of the lure, but also to put it under stress! This way, there is no more bad sticking and therefore no surprise on a fish: the lure supports more than 6 kg!

II) Packaging

Always in compliance with our environmental policy, we no longer automatically provide packaging in order to reduce our waste. According to a survey we carried out, more than 70% of packaging ends up directly in the trash after opening. They nevertheless remain available on request and are made of cardboard paper.

III) Waving and spinning spoons

Concerning metal lures, we purchase the parts directly from factory resellers in order to limit journeys and therefore CO2 emissions as much as possible. So we receive spare parts.
From there, the painting and varnishing are done by hand, like the swimming fish.

IV) Soft lures

After several months of testing, we have developed a minnow imitation, very natural and effective in swimming action. To achieve this result, we first started making prototypes in modeling clay, then on the computer to make the mold.

Once cast in a base color, all that remains is to airbrush the lure and glaze (temper) it to smooth it out. Our soft lures are guaranteed phthalate-free (non-toxic to aquatic organisms).

V) Jig heads

Although lead is inert in the environment, it tends to degrade and increase its concentration in water and therefore toxicity. The most perceptive will say that it is not fishing that will really increase these rates but rather sewage treatment plants and other human installations.

However, in my opinion, this is no reason to turn a blind eye. The advantage of lead comes from its high density and its low melting temperature (330°C). There are only a few elements that can replace it:

- Tungsten: denser than lead, its disadvantage comes from its melting temperature: more than 3400°C!

- Zinc: a little less dense than lead, they however have a very similar melting temperature (420°C for zinc), which makes it very easy to heat. Additionally, it is a metal that is naturally very abundant in nature.

We first chose to use zinc. However, many of you have asked us for tungsten, because for the same weight, the size of the jig head is much smaller, providing a certain additional discretion. This is why we supply tungsten TPs today.

VI) Reports

If you are still curious, I invite you to click on the following links:
- Video produced by FISHARE on manufacturing
- Video produced by FISHARE on manufacturing and testing
- Article produced by Le Chasseur Français