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    near Eau Claire, WI
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    First Decoy

    Nice. What did you make the fins from?
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    Baby bluegills

    1-3/8" and 1-3/4" basswood bluegills, foiled but still need some touch ups and belly spray.
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    May Bug

    Love the wings and their casing. Looks just like the June bugs we have (except the colring).
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    plastic tail baits

    Love the gill/plate detail and the clean, crisp foil work.
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    They're goose biots (I think - old fly tying material I had - think they come off the leading edge of a goose quill) - usually used for nymph tails and legs. I glue them in a small groove using epoxy or superglue.
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    Another 3" large diving beetle, foiled and hand painted to give some flash.
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    New Frog Popper Prototype

    Love the nice fatness of it. How does it sit in the water?
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    Foiled perch

    Look good - like the foiling with the pattern. How big are they and what kind of action do they have?
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    Basswood minnow

    I did the scales with the backside of a linoleum block cutting tool (for making linolum block prints/artwork). It's the backside that fits into the handle - still have to be a litlle careful so it doesn't cut the foil up too much.
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    Basswood minnow

    3" foiled basswood minnow (can't remember which minnow I originally carved the shape after).
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    4+"basswood crappie (based more on the shape vs the paint).
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    Bullhead jerk

    Thanks. It was hard posting after seeing your brown bullhead - I really liked yours. My next one might have actual whiskers instead of trying to carve them.
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    Bullhead jerk

    5+ inch basswood bullhead with carved head. Originally tried to make the shape work as a swimbait, but worked better as a jerkbait. When retrieved it slowly swims head up to surface like a bullhead heading up for a gulp of air. It still needs an additional coat of epoxy (missed a few spots and I don't have a drying wheel yet), plus a better tail.
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    Balsa Pattern

    In the past, I used to use a shape copier (a wood workworker's tool for reproducing moldings). It has a series of movable wires that move to get a fairly accurate copy of the shape. I liked to use it for copying the vertical profile of a bait and then make a layout of side view, top view, as well as cross sections at various points along the bait. The simpler methods already mentioned work well for only a side view. Kent
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    another small bluegill

    2 3/4" foiled basswood bluegill with carved head/gills.
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