Start by assembling the right materials. You’ll need a heat source (a blow dryer works fine) as well as some waxed rigging floss and furniture polish to act as a lubricant. Lure skirts come in a dizzying array of colors, patterns and designs, but try to stick to the tried-and-true colors that work in your area. Dark colors like black-and-purple, black-and-red, black-and-green and black-and-blue are proven performers, as are colors that mimic certain prey species: green-and-yellow looks like juvenile mahimahi, while blue-and-white resembles flying fish. A popular color combination in Mexico is known as petrolero: primarily orange and brown, which are squid colors.