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  1. First of all, I would call up D & L and ask them what the colors are and where they get their skirt tabs. That would be the easiest. Second of all if you are referring to frog hair skirts as the really fine flat silicone material, then I don't think you are going to find every color. But check out fishingskirts.com finesse skirts for colors. You can also send fishingskirts.com a jigs and they will match the colors for you and give you their numbers. Remember, you will not always be able to find what you want if it is a custom run just for D & L.
  2. Mark, Yes you could use steel wool, and put it on a drill, I do it by hand, because if my memory is correct, the spout with the hole is made out of brass and is soft. Doing it by hand lessens the chance of me damaging the spout and hole. It doesn't take much effort to clean the pot. It takes more time to empty the lead safely and letting the pot cool a bit so you can clean it.
  3. The EC 635 is a heavy wire tin plated hook , so it is no going to rust because it was plated for salt water. I sell a lot of these and never had any complaints. The comparable hook although a little costlier is a Mustad 91715. On another note, many guys I have dealt with are switching over to black nickle hooks. I have been told by several of my customers, that they work just as good as the tinned hooks, and naturally a wider variety of hooks in the black nickle series that fit a wide variety of jigs.
  4. The way I clean my pot is like this. I empty all of the lead into mini muffin pans or something where it will fit back into the pot again. Unplug the pot and it will slowly start to cool. I then wait a bit for the cool down. I try to work with a warm pot as it is easier to clean, so don't wait till it gets cold. Also, I put on cotton gloves to protect my hands. Unscrew the plunger and set it aside. Take some abrasive steel wool and clean out the inside of the pot walls and the bottom of the pot. Next clean out the hole by gently rubbing steel wool into it. It will come out really well. Once that is done, clean the tip of your plunger by rubbing it with steel wool. Empty all contents of pot. Screw in plunger and then fire it up and put your lead in. Should be as good as new.
  5. I have used D2T , BSI and E-tex for clearcoating jigs. I have never had any problems with any of them. D2T and BSI seem identical to me as far as application and weight. They also have a slight amber color to them. If I you want the brightest of whites, I use E-tex. It originally mixes a little runny, but if you wait 10 minutes it gets a bit thicker.
  6. Well you are doing exactly what I do and what I was trying to explain in my post. Unfortunately, what you have is the nature of a cheaper split ring. Like mentioned above, go to a heavier ring or look for a different supplier. I would try a 2x first, because the heavier you go, the thicker the split ring, and it may not fit or function in the little hole it is supposed to go in.
  7. The blades you're referring to are they spinnerbait blades or blades used for a chatterbait type of blade? If they are the chatterbait type blades those are easy to put on. I have one solution for you. Open the split ring enough to get the blade hole started at the end of the split ring about an 1/8". Once you have it started, do not use the split ring pliers to keep opening the split ring. Use the pliers to maneuver the split ring around the blade. One other thing when putting on blades on split rings, it is easier to put the blades with the blade parallel to the ring and not perpendicular to the split ring. By doing it this way, you are not stretching the split ring throughout the whole travel of the blade you are trying to get on. Does this make sense?
  8. Good Write-up. I have a question for you. Do you mark the drive gear and the pinion gear before you take them off the reel? This is on spinning reels. The reason I ask is I have to Gen 1 Stradics, and back in the day I took them apart to clean them. Well, I didn't mark the original location of the gear set, and now they aren't as smooth as they were when I took them apart. At some point I will have to get two gear sets to replace them. This was years ago when I did this . I have been cleaning and repairing reels for about 7 years.
  9. Looking thru my archives when I used to fish Musky, check out these places, https://www.muskyshop.com/components-lure-building/ http://online.flipbuilder.com/cswo/cbld/mobile/index.html http://www.mooreslures.com/PartsCatalog/files/assets/basic-html/page-37.html
  10. Welcome to TU. So you have no air pushing any powder up? If so post pics of your unit. This way we can see what may be the problem. I've built many with my plans and they all work. Things I would check: 1. Before you put any powder in the cup, turn on the air pump open the valve and see if the coffee filter, or whatever you used on the bottom of your cup pops up a bit. If not then you don't have: a) enough air to move your membrane. Buy a bigger air pump. b) you don't have a good seal around the base or you don't have a good seal around the bottom of the cup. You should have powder moving. You may not get an even boiling effect, but you at least should get volcanoes. Also try Tyvec on the bottom of your cups. You can get it from the Post Office. They are the bigger 8.5 x 11 envelopes that look like stranded fiberglass.
  11. You got that right, nice to pour your own jigs the way you want them and not have to pay retail.
  12. Exactly, plus free lunch.
  13. I have never seen a 3/4 oz or bigger Arky mold. I do have the larger Sparkie which is similar 3/4, 1 and 1.5 oz and Do-It still makes that mold.
  14. I've ice fished for year and have had my ice jigs crack as well. The only thing you can try is maybe e-tex, as it isn't as hard as D2T (Devcon 2 Ton) epoxy. The other thing you can try unless you are using multicolor jigs is vinyl paint. It stinks like hell but it is very durable. Other than that I really don't know. I think the epoxy coating cracks, is because it is so cold outside when you use ice jigs. I never let the cracking bother me.
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