Make your own Slinkys
Slinkys are a staple for many anglers in the Great Lakes Region. Typically they're used in conjunction with a chuck-n-duck rig and allow a fish to pick up the offering without feeling any resistance as it would with a standard split shot rig. It also provides a mostly snag free drift.

Slinkys come in a wide range of sizes/weights to accommodate differing stream flows. Most are constructed of hollow parachute cord with the center filled by lead weight of some type. Angler opinion differs on the best filler, however most slinkys you'll find are filled with lead shot. Both ends of the parachute cord are heat crimped and a small hole is made on one end to allow a snap swivel to be attached.

Keep in mind there are a dozen different ways to make the popular slinky, this is just one of them. Give it a try!

    Materials Needed:
  • Parachute Cord
  • Knife or scissors
  • #3 buckshot (.250)
  • Lighter or flame source
  • Hemostats or pliers
  • Snap Swivel #10

Start by cutting a piece of parachute cord to length, this will be determined by the amount of shot placed inside. Leave about a half inch on either end for crimping.

Make sure you pull out the filler cord!

Using a lighter, or other flame source, melt one end.

Crimp using pliers or hemostats.

Insert the desired number of shot.

Melt closed the open end of the parachute cord.

Using pliers or hemostats, crimp end.

Insert the "snap" end of a snap swivel, lock closed. You're ready to fish!

More Tips & Tricks
  • One main reason slinkys excel over split shot is acoustic stealth. The cloth dampens the "tic-tic-tic" that split shot make coming across the gravel and rocks.
  • You can vary the size of shot to suit your needs as well as differing parachute cord diameters.
  • #3 Buckshot had a diameter of about .250
  • #3 Buckshot had a weighs about 23.4 grains per pellet, that's roughly .05oz.
  • This is just one very simple way to make a single slinky at a time.