Plugs are a popular type of hard-bodied fishing lure. They are widely known by a number of other names depending on the country and region. Such names include crankbait, wobbler, minnow, shallow-diver and deep-diver. The term minnow is usually used for long, slender, lures that imitate baitfish, while the term plug is usually used for shorter, deeper-bodied lures which imitate deeper-bodied fish, frogs and other prey. Shallow-diver and deep-diver refer to the diving capabilities of the lure, which depends on the size of the lip and lure buoyancy.

Artificial flies

Classic 19th Century Artificial fly-The TriumphIn-line spinner lure with ring, dish, body/weight and hook

In general, artificial flies are used in fly fishing. Artificial flies may be made to represent all manner of potential freshwater and saltwater fish prey, including aquatic and terrestrial insects, crustaceans, worms, baitfish, vegetation, flesh, spawn, small reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds, etc. Artificial flies were originally constructed from various furs, feathers, threads and hooks. Today there are literally dozens of different types of natural and synthetic materials used to construct artificial flies.2 In the early years of fly fishing through the mid-twentieth century, effective artificial fly patterns were said to be killing flies because of their ability to put fish in the creel for the fly fisher. By the mid-nineteenth century, there were thousands of artificial fly patterns. Today, the number of distinct patterns is probably incalculable.

Soft plastic lures

Soft plastic lures are made out of plastic or rubber and are made to resemble worms, lizards, bait fish, squid, or any other kind of fish bait. Some are scented to attract more fish.


These fishing lures can be made out of wood, plastic, rubber, metal and cork. They can have many moving parts and also no moving parts. They can be retrieved fast or slow. Some of the lures can be used by themselves or with another lure.

Daisy chain

A daisy chain is a "chain" of plastic lures, however they do not have hooks - their main purpose is to merely attract a school of fish closer to the lures with hooks.

Typically, the main line of the daisy chain is clear monofilament line with crimped on droppers that connect the lure to the main line. The last lure can be rigged with a hook or unrigged. The unrigged versions are used as teasers while the hooked versions are connected to a rod and reel. The lures used on a daisy chain are made from cedar plugs, plastic squids, jets, and other soft and/or hard plastic lures.

In some countries (e.g. New Zealand, Australia) daisy chains can sometimes refer to a rig which is used to catch baitfish in a similar arrangement to a 'flasher rig' or a 'sabiki rig'; a series of hooks with a small piece of colorful material/feather/plastic attached to each hook.

See also

  • Fishing
  • Fishing boat
  • Fishing line
  • Fishing reel
  • Fishing rod
  • Fly fishing


  1. ↑ History of the fishing lure Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  2. ↑ Jacqueline Wakeford, Flytying: Tools and Materials (New York, NY: Lyons & Burford, 1992, ISBN 9781558211704).


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