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Category Archives: Fishing and Tackle Lures

Wire forms for Fishing Lures and Tackle: 50 Years of Manufacturing Precision Parts

Last month, we wrote a post about how the wire form is an essential, yet often overlooked part of the fishing lure. This got us to thinking: In 50 years of manufacturing custom made wire forms, we have made a lot of different parts that have been used in fishing lures, bait and tackle. The question became, “Just how many different designs have we made?”

And so we went on a sort of scavenger hunt. We searched our offices and our shop with the intention of taking an inventory of all the different types of fishing lure and tackle wire forms we have manufactured.
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The History of Fish Lure Manufacturing: Two Stories of Discovery

Learn how a couple of happy accidents helped shape a billion dollar industry

For more than 50 years, Master Spring has proudly been helping fishing tackle and lure manufactures get the wire forms they need to finish their designs. And during that time, we have watched the fishing equipment industry explode. Just look at some of these statistics:

  • The fishing equipment market is expected to exceed $20.3 Billion by 2015.1
  • It’s estimated that the fishing industry is directly responsible for supporting 307,175 jobs in the United States.2

All this growth made us start wondering: “Just how did all this begin? And what events helped lay the framework for fishing and lure manufacturers?”

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How Are They Made: Wire Forms in Lure Manufacturing

What is the first thing you notice when you see a fishing lure? You probably notice the intricate design, the detailed coloring, the size, or maybe the hook. These little details all play a major role in ensuring that the lure you are using is the right match for the type of fish you are hoping to attract.

However, here at Master Spring, our focus tends to be a little different. Having served the direct wire form needs of fishing tackle and lure manufacturers for the last 60 years, we tend to notice the parts that often get overlooked.

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