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    Lafayette, IN
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    Fishing, Aquariums, Photography, Carving, Woodworking, and countless others I can't seem to find time for.

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  1. Travis

    #11 pork frog look alike?

    Much of its demise was simply soft plastics had heavily replaced their use and more importantly fishing changed significantly and really diminished flipping and pitching. Still excellent method to catch fish but jig and pigs have fallen out of favor as baby boomers became less important to the fishing industries future and the new breed of anglers stepped up. The trend had already started like 20 plus years ago. Denny Brauer flipping tubes to win that year sealed the deal. At one point their was an additive to make plastic very stretchy and much stronger but I only remember seeing one seller and he has shut down for some time. I cut down on my pouring a long time ago so their may be additive or different plastic available. I think you will find the main issue is the heavily salted. Salt is worst thing you can add to a bait for longevity. You can go with stiffer plastic but then you loose action. The hula grub will give you a different action than the pork. I find them equivalent to any other plastic in regards to holding up.. one to a few fish sort of deal. Always thought the Arikie skirted double tail grub was better. One of the few "plastics" available that is tough and will need to take some scissors to it if really trying to approach similar size/design.
  2. Travis

    #11 pork frog look alike?

    I typically put a small piece of cheese cloth or similar material in the plastic near the hook area. Makes it much more robust.
  3. Travis

    #11 pork frog look alike?

    Let me look has been a long time since I went through my molds. Had a smaller pork frog mold not for sure about a larger one however. Also at one time had jars and jars of pork frogs and pork o's pretty sure I chucked the pork o's and not for sure what happened to the pork frogs.
  4. Travis

    Floatnfly bobbers?

    Most definitely. I am more of purist and still use just a pear shaped plastic 7/8 to 1 inch float. Clip and slide to where you want it. For more windy days I will switch to the round 1 inch weighted styrofoam bobbers. Both are a dime a dozen at most big box stores selling tackle and can be found at any bait/tackle shop.
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    Been a LONG Time

    Hello Tally!!! Has definitely been a very long time. Hope things have been going well for you. The hours spent in that yahoo chat talking about baits was definitely very informative and of course plenty of BS. Several of the "old timers" still floating around as you mentioned. Not for sure how many of the old chat participants visit the site anymore. Few weeks ago was organizing the workshop and came across the last bit of prop that Swede had sent me. Time really moves too fast at times.
  6. Travis

    Belly weight and hanger

    You can catch the epoxy in a state where it trims easily with a knife and can then be cleaned with sandpaper. The epoxy is soft but with a sharp blade it will shave it off with no issues. Sanding will then finish it flush with the bait.
  7. Travis

    Belly weight and hanger

    Tutorial in the hard bait section worth reading.
  8. Travis

    Wood burning scale pattern

    Don't think there is really a gap. Much of it is more about how little many of us really talk or communicate about what we are doing. What is new to some is old to others. Many have followed fish carvers for years regarding techniques and how to. Many have Bob Berry books, James Fliger, Ed Walicki and several others. Many of the really good guys also teach classes that aren't too far fetched if one is interested. Clark Schreibeis is one I looked at. The World Fish Carving Championships also aren't too expensive and have classes and seminars and can make for an easy getaway. The issue is we are making a fishing lure and carving scales, fins, etc.. really is more about catching the angler than a fish. Just isn't that practical for a lure. I can knock out some cranks without the detail and use the same blanks and carve detail and they fish no differently and spend a lot more time doing it. Much of the detail ends up getting covered with the topcoat or you make some design considerations to avoid excessive hook rash, hook hanging up on side of bait, etc... Makes more sense when you are carving a master to mold. Several companies had guys carve them masters. About 10 years ago several on this site started to mess around with it more so when Lapala and Tony (Suszko) kicked up a site to help teach carving fish. Tony shared a lot of information and how to and was on chat and did carve along projects on the site. Gene has also posted or helped in regards to carving information. I burned some scales a long time ago but never stuck with it and didn't do a good job when I tried. I mainly used carving knives (enjoyed it more) but used a dremel with the wand attachment and an assortment of burrs and stones. Plan on getting a Foredam, Ram Oz, or similar at some point. My first go at a fish, a yellow tang, never finished but may see about it over Christmas break. It was one of the carving tutorials Tony was doing. Also started a trout but never finished it either as I have a tendency to find other projects to start before finishing others. Can also practice carving figurines or birds as many techniques and approaches map over.
  9. Travis

    Wooden molds..can it be done?

    Yes it will work for you application, especially if all you are wanting is a "thin stick".
  10. Travis

    Who know this hard bait?

    Lu Ya Vibe....... Google search the image takes you to a Chinese lure website. Follow up with Google translate if needed. Likely will find it sold various "lure" stores online however would almost guarantee that behind all that "make up" you have junk and would take a rattle trap any day.
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    bubbles in Plaster of Paris molds

    I typically pour the top portion along the outer areas and work the plaster in with a toothpick or cheap paint brush if needed and then typically just carefully rub some plaster of paris with my finger over the master carefully so not to disturb it. Any tiny bubbles can be fixed later with a pop mixed with less water to make a paste. Pack it into the bubbles and blend out to the surface. I have a set of small curved files, spatulas, and dental probes that are used to clean up molds add detail etc.. before I clear coat the mold.
  12. Travis

    bubbles in Plaster of Paris molds

    Paint a coat onto your master before you add the bulk of the plaster. Should take care of any issues as seams you have addressed viscosity, removal of bubbles with agitation, etc.... Also make sure you master is seated well in the other half. Air can get trapped and work it way up as things heat up.
  13. Travis

    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    I have looked and not come across the clips he sent me years ago. However dipping tubes is about as easy as it gets and doesn't have to be messy or complicated. So much of what we do boils down to the skill set and ability one has or more importantly doesn't have. For the cost, ease, and speed dipping tubes is surprisingly quick process. Personally I didn't find horizontal dipping as a decent method... well in a bread pan set up and the L shaped dipping rod/handle set up but am using a modified vertical to horizontal method. The proper sized spike that I round over the point was the route I went with and the spike head slides into a holder to hang vertically. One can flat out dip a lot of tubes fast if they have the ability and are set up properly. I preferred to have multiple 4 oz cups ready to go. Or would do a single 4 oz cup and tweak when color matching or doing custom colors for guys (could then layout the tubes for comparison in a single shot or send them to the guy depending on volume ordered). I would heat up the first cup and have it ready to dip and maintain a second and third cup with brief heating so they were ready to go once the first cup was dipped out. I had about 100 dipping rods. The cup is tiled slightly so that you can dip and twist the rod and get a bout a 4 1/2 inch dip on the spike. You pull it out invert/twist and hang and as long as you control temperatures you get no dimple in the front of the tube. I could dip out a 4 oz cup until just a thin coating of plastic was left then started on the second cup... then the third. The tubes easily slide off the pre lubricated spikes (worm oil) and are ready to be cut to length and tails split. Almost all my tubes are the gitzit style tube. Takes more time to do the bulkier flipping style tube but if you use cooler plastic can build up the thicker wall easily. If the spikes get too hot (yes you can dip and slide off tubes that quick) and you don't control the temperature you run into issues. You can work on thickness based on plastic temperature but then going to have to reheat plastic. Easier just to thinner multiple coats in my opinion. I hang the spikes on egg crate attached to a shelf or had a shelf with routed slots for the spike to slide into and rest (egg crate my preferred method). So for less than 40 bucks one can have enough rods to dip until you heart is content. Temperatures have no clue always been the type you know when the temp is right type. Easy hobby no need to over complicate things.
  14. Travis

    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    No real difference. Just personal preference. I dip "vertical" also but end up tilting the cup back close to horizontal as the plastic gets less.
  15. Travis

    Bojon Cd/Dvd Tube Dipping

    I am still looking......amazing the amount of junk I have stuck in folders.