of the tools involved with making wire baits are designed to produce specific
types of wire bend. These tools range in price from $4 to $5000, depending
on the complexity of the bend and the required production times. The commercial
versions typically offer services beyond simple bending such as stringing
split-rings, adding hooks, etc. Because most of those machines are beyond
the budgets of the average tacklemaker, will will focus on tools for the
casual lure maker, hobbyist or small business.
Round Nosed Pliers
Round nosed pliers are a must have for any serious wire bait maker (2
pairs are optimal!). This tool consists of a normal plier handle separated
from two round arms by a hinge. Typically, the arms are closed against
the wire to hold it in place while the wire is wrapped around one or both
of the arms. Because the arms are completely round, the wire can be wrapped
to form a perfectly rounded eye or bend.
Handheld Wire Forming Tool
Handheld bending tools are small inexpensive tools that are generally
capable of producing one or two specific types of bends (see image above).
The wire is generally fed into a small hole in the tool's shaft and the
shaft is then rotated to bend the wire.
Mounted Wire Forming Machine
A table mounted wire forming machine is by far the most versatile and
efficient piece of equipment that a wire bait maker can own. These usually
consist of a heavy base, a moving shaft, a head, an eye pin, and a king
pin. The head, eye pins, and king pins are typically available in multiple
sizes to accomodate many different wire dimensions. The tool works by
holding the wire and then running it into rounded barriers when the shaft
is turned. The barriers produce the bends in the wire. We use and endorse
the Bogg's Professional TackleMaker (seen to the right). It's the best
product we've found for wire bending. Purchase instructions are available
at Bogg's website.