From Xplor for Kids
April 2010 Issue

More to Xplor: Make a Wooly Bugger Fishing Lure

Publish Date

Apr 01, 2010

Materials and tools needed

  • Fuzzy feather
  • Plastic bead
  • Tape
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Size 2 cricket hook
  • Scissors


  1. Measure the end of the feather as long as the hook shank.
  2. Hold the feather so the part you just measured sticks out behind the hook. Wrap tape around the feather and hook.
  3. Cut off the feather just behind the hook eye.
  4. Twist the pipe cleaner around the hook, just above the bend. Continue wrapping forward to the hook eye. Keep your wraps tight and close. Leave the excess pipe cleaner sticking out.
  5. Thread a bead onto the pipe cleaner and push it over the hook eye.
  6. Bend the pipe cleaner over the top of the bead. Cut it off just behind the bead, and bend it down toward the hook. Tie the woolly bugger to your fishing line and pinch on some split shot for weight.

Now, you're ready to fish!

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Raindrop Magic

Rain came down. The St. Francis River rose, and so did the water in photographer Dave Stonner’s boots. His rain jacket was soaked through.

You Discover

With fish to catch, turkeys to hunt and mushrooms to find, sometimes it’s hard to decide what to do in April and May. To help, here’s a list of Missouri’s best outdoor activities for you to discover.

My Outdoor Adventure

Good shot, Caleb!” Scott Williams held up his son’s target.

Born to be Wild

Wild parents know what’s best for their babies.

Backyard Buffet

Animals that catch and eat other animals are called predators. Not all predators are big. Some, like robins, are small. To see small predators, you don’t have to travel far. Keep your eyes peeled during the day, and you might find these pintsized predators using your backyard for a buffet.

Which Bird, Which Egg?

Just like birds, eggs come in many sizes, shapes and colors.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Joan McKee
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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