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  1. There are tons of heavy wire jig hooks, it just depends on specifics. Are you looking for a 60 degree, 90 degree, 30 or 45 degree? Flat eye, regular eye and do you want just a wide gap or an extra wide gap (EWG)? I'm asking because there are wide gap hooks that are not EWG and EWG hooks that are described as being a wide gap. For 90 degree there is the Owner 5316, a 2X strong version of the 5313 bit is only goes to a 2/0 and then there is the Trokar TK-840, it has a large gap but also a sproat bend so in addition to it being a heavy wire it is also stronger because of the bend. For a 60 degree regular eye hook I'd look at the 4/0 Gamakatsu 2034, it is an EWG style hook with heavy wire, 45 and 60 degree hooks with the EWG bend are typically shorter because the extra wire for the large gap is taken from the hook shank. Flat eye hooks there are a few good ones that will work. My favorite is what I use for my power finesse jig which is a 3/8oz ball head jig with a 3/0 Eagle Claw 2706 which is the same as the Mustad 32796. Then you have the Gamakatsu 5941, and the Trokar TK-805. If you want the EWG style hook in the flat eye there is the Mustad 38108 and the VMC 7328. The Bitsy Bug is nothing special, I believe it is just a 2/0 Mustad 32786 but I may be wrong, but the point is there are very few heavy hooks custom made for finesse jigs, most use a regular jig hook in a smaller size to keep it compact. I make a 5/8oz flipping jig for grass, it has a Mustad 32786 6/0 but if you looked at it in your hand you would think the hook was a 4/0 as it is compact for a 6/0 hook. Part of that is because of the head but the other reason is the 60 degree bend but if you give me some specifics on what type of hook you want based on the parameters I gave you along with what mold or head you want, I'm sure someone could recommend a hook that will work.
  2. I use that mold to make what river smallmouth anglers call a "Draggin Head" that was originally made by Confidence Baits. A lot of us modify the mold to use the Mustad 91768 which is what I use. You could use the 1/4oz and 3/8oz cavities with a 2/0 and 3/0 hook or even a 3/0 and 4/0 and it should work. I don't know anything about pompano so I can't tell you if you would need a heavier hook or not but that mold should work well but you don't have the 1/2oz option.
  3. I was making trout sized spinners, 1/8oz, with willow blades that did pretty well but you had to reel them pretty fast. I've also used Indiana blades but there are 2 styles that may help you. For larger spinners in the 1/4oz and larger range you can try the Mag willow or Olympic blade, the reason you need a larger spinner is the smallest size is a #3. They do spin at slow speeds and produce a lot of vibration, another that you may like is the swing blade, these are shallow cupped that look like a willow blade with rounded ends. The CP Swing and Original Rooster Tail spinners use swing blades, they sometimes require a snap of the rod to get the blade going but once you do they will work at all speeds from slow to fast and everywhere in between.
  4. What do you consider a quality hook? I'm guess you mean a super heavy wire hook because Gamakatsu, Owner, Mustad all make 30 degree hooks. The Owner you can buy from Lure Craft, they purchased the 30 degree beast hook without the centering pin which makes it a little better in price but not by much. As for a mold maker, CNC Molds and Stuff, he is a member here and does quality work.
  5. Apdriver gave you a good way to check your bobbin. Remember to check not only where it comes out but also where the thread enters the tube. What you are describing typically happens when there is a small burr but I haven't encountered that with any of my ceramic bobbins.
  6. smalljaw


    Are you tying on a treble hook? If so how big and are you trying to tie a clump of hair in one spot so you can add another color in a different area? I'm asking the last part because I normally want the hair to go around evenly unless I'm wanting to keep colors separated. For a treble hook you need to tie on the flat spots first and then pinch the hair as close as you can to the ends. Then make 2 or 3 loose wraps, just tight enough to hold the hair in place and then make another wrap but make it tight. The loose wraps will keep the hair from moving completely around the hook but "loose" is a relative term, it takes practice until you develop the feel for it. You want the wraps loose enough that the hair doesn't work around the hook but tight enough that when you make the tight wrap the previous wraps hold the hair in that spot.
  7. That is really, really cool!!!! I do see one possible issue, yarn is very limp and those strands are thick enough that is could possibly foul the hook. There is also a possibility it won't foul, and the yarn will get heavy when it gets wet so it would be great on a light head. You could make a 1/16oz or 1/8oz jig that will cast well and have the bulk of a 3/8oz jig, I'll be interested to hear the results of you fishing it.
  8. I had it happen 3 times in 3 years, but each time the CC company notified me of possible fraud and didn't charge me and issues me a new card. I spoke to several theft investigators about this and they told me you can't just go by an address that items are sent to. A lot of these thieves case neighborhoods for weeks learning what time UPS, FED EX, and the post office usually deliver and then they watch to see which places have nobody home. They will have items shipped to these residences and then simply drive up and take the package off the porch while the person who lives there never even knows it happened. They are normally in poor communities with few, if any surveillance cameras.
  9. Yes, sealcoat will work, easier and quicker than Devcon 2 ton. I prefer the Devcon, it is much stronger and lasts longer but for sealing eyes sealcoat will work just fine.
  10. First of all I have to acknowledge 21XDC and the shoelace, I bet that actually looked pretty cool coming through the water. As for yarn, I can see it working, I've been tying with these Dragon Tails I got from Barlow's, it is basically a tough chenille which is similar to yarn and it looks awesome in the water. While I haven't seen yarn or a lot of other stuff I can tell you there is a thing called a "satin jig", crappie and panfish guys in certain parts of the country tie these up. They use satin ribbon and cut a length off and then remove the fibers which are super thin and very limp, I have tied several myself and caught crappie on them. Show us a picture of it, I would love to see how it looks.
  11. Depending how heavy the bodies are, you can use wire. Bend the wire in the shape of an "L" then bend a hook on the top of the "L" in order to hang on a rack. If you want you can slide your body on the wire and then put a small bend on the end to insure it doesn't slide off. I make rooster tail style bodies and I have wire Christmas Tree ornament hangers that I use to hang them on to cure.
  12. I too am extremely sorry to hear that, take care and keep the soft plastics going.
  13. That is one mold that I don't use the 5304 with. Now, the only way to make that hook fit is to grind the post until the hook sit in the cavity with the post inside the eye. Some molds that have that post are fine just by taking the post off altogether but not the brush jig. The reason is because of the recessed line tie , if you take the post off you'll have a lot of clean up to do. Maybe someone who has used that hook with that mold can help but if not you can see if anyone wants to buy the hooks you have or trade you some Mustads, VMC, or even the Owner 5317 which has a larger eye and will fit.
  14. I pour a little on the hot side because I'm using 5% antimony so I'm usually around 725. Now the molds that I have modified work better around 750 and up. I use an RCBS pot, it is the old style with the analog temp control but I have an immersion probe to check lead temp, believe it or not the dial setting is pretty accurate.
  15. smalljaw


    No, go to Barlow's Tackle and get 210 denier flat waxed nylon, it is almost $1.00 per spool cheaper than the size D rod thread from Jann's. I'm not advocating places to shop, I'm letting you know that the size D rod thread is about the size of 210 denier thread and the flat waxed nylon lays flat and won't build up as fast as the rod thread.
  16. Mustang charges more per 1000 than Do-it. You have to buy 50k before the price becomes lower.
  17. smalljaw


    Jig Man, I too love Danville flat waxed nylon but GSP is stronger. I believe GSP 200 denier has like 10lb breaking strength compared to 3lb for 210 flat waxed nylon. The issue I have with GSP is it doesn't like gripping bucktail without super glue on each layer, and it is more than 3X the cost of flat waxed nylon but you wouldn't break that thread either.
  18. smalljaw


    UTC ultra thread is a nylon, it is very similar to flat waxed nylon.
  19. smalljaw


    GSP (gel spun polyethylene) shouldn't cause any build up and I never heard of it doing that. My guess is you are using a waxed thread because GSP doesn't come in 210 denier, at least I've never encountered it. I know it runs from like 50 denier up to 200 but then after that I only ever saw 280 but I only use 200 and didn't like it. I've heard of waxed threads causing build up in bobbins without ceramic inserts, my bobbins all have it and also flared ends and I have never had issue with build up and I only used waxed nylon. Id reach out to the manufacturer and find out what the issue could be because as I mentioned before, I never heard of build up associated with GSP but it may be brand specific, I don't know but the manufacturer should be able to help.
  20. This is the stuff you want. http://www.powderboothparts.com/cart/index.php?target=products&product_id=937
  21. It is 3 colors, they are all natures edge colors, chartreuse watermelon, pumpkin, and watermelon. As for your preference for fine cut or frogs hair, well the good news is you can get it in those colors. The bad news is you will have to call Skirts Plus and order 1000 of each color to get it. If you go to the Skirts Plus website they tell you that fine cut silicone is not stocked, you need to order it special and minimum order is 1000 tabs per color. Now, you can get fine cut from Living Rubber company, they sell fine cut silicone but it is limited in what colors and there are no natures edge colors so if you want to make the "oops" skirt in fine cut you will need to special order it so 3 colors will run you a little over $600 but you'll have 3000 tabs. Fishingskirts.com does not carry fine cut silicone, they carry finesse cut, it is the same width as a regular tab but only half as thick but still 20-22 strands per tab. Fine cut material also only has 20 strands per tab but the tabs are only 3/8" wide, if they were as wide as a regular tab there would be like 52 strands. So to make it clear, there isn't anyone who has natures edge colors in fine cut/frogs hair silicone, you will need to special order it, Barlow's has plain colors in fine cut material and Living Rubber has a few more but no natures edge. http://www.skirtsplus.com/html/products.html
  22. I get the same split rings and I will get one that has it happen maybe 1 in 15 or so. I normally don't have it happen on the blade, it is usually when I'm going onto the hook eye that it will happen. Now this is going to sound stupid but try it and see if it helps. I noticed this happens more when I get it started and then work it all the way around in which it takes 5 or 6 movements. If I get the split ring started and then take my pliers and hold the ring as far back as I can go and make 1 or 2 big rotations for the ring to go on it almost never gets sprung open. The same thing for the hook eye, it takes a bit to get it down but that really helped, it seemed the longer it takes to get it on the more apt it is to stay open. As for putting it on the hook eye, you will do better by cleaning the paint off the eye and I have a way to help with that. I sacrificed a spinnerbait hook to do this a long time ago and I still use the same hook to this day. I use a 5/0 hook that is too big to go all the way through the hook eye but still goes far enough in that it will help clear the eye. I put the point in as far as it will go and I work it back and forth until the paint falls off, it doesn't take that long.
  23. Well done, I like the material listing on screen!!!
  24. Map gas is too hot, propane is much better for this. I don't think it is too much heat though, the issue is how you are putting the colors on, you have to think about how the powder is going to spray. For example, on a bait that I'm doing that say has a white belly with a red throat patch, pearl sides and a black back I will do the colors in a certain order. First the white belly, then the red throat patch and that is because I may get overspray onto the pearl. Next I do the pearl body and finally the black back, but for the back I won't spray directly on top but maybe 5 degrees off center, it is very little. I do that so I get a little overspray onto what I call the shoulders of the bait, this area is lighter in color to the back and gives a nice transition over to the lighter pearl color.
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