of all you have to acquire trace components and trace making tools. Hooks, swivels
and wire are essential. For lure fishing a good quality snap link, which will
not open up inadvertantly is essential. Suitable crimps will also be needed if
you wish to make your traces by crimping. Multistrand wire can also be twisted
to make secure connections of hooks and swivel. To make crimped traces you will
need a pair of special pliers, and to make twisted traces a 'Twiddling Stick'
and possibly a cigarette lighter will be needed. Something to cut the wire neatly,
without fraying, is also essential - small side cutters are ideal. Opinion is
divided as to whether the upper hook on a two hook trace should be fixed or sliding.
Both methods of trace construction are described here.|