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  1. Made a new fluid bed all self contained.got tired of dragging airpump hoses ,electrical cord ect out each time. Everything all in one now. Wasn't the cheap route but I like this much better for storage.
  2. can anyone out there help me find some expandable polystyrene for floating jigs. i learned to make floating jigs with eps from a guy on ebay. his source for the eps has since dried up . looking for a pound or so of fresh made eps. in my experince the fresher the better it cures. the eps came in very small beads almost the size of salt grains looked like a bag of coke lol. everything i seem to come across on the net is too large. thanks for any help.
  3. I currently make my own floating jigs from polystyrene. I currently use a water based paint to coat them. once painted I use a 2 part epoxy to coat them for a hardner. anyone have a better idea? would using a hardner then painting leave them with a better finish? any ideas are welcome. the spring walleye run will soon be upon us!
  4. First you need polystyrene . take one of your lead molds and over pour it so that you basicly make a single long lead cap. put your hooks in the mold use a small c clamp to clamp mold shut with hooks in place. pour in the styrene just as you would lead, then put your lead cap on top so that the styrene cant escape. hold the lead cap in place with big rubber bands. then boil in a pot of water for 12 to 15 min. quicky cool them once done in cool water and remove jigs from mold. I learned this process from a gentleman who sold me the styrene. it is time consuming but it does work! i can send you some pics if you would like. i would suggest having two to four of the same molds if you plan to make a serious amount of floaters. I use 2 molds currently.
  5. that was my next move i just didnt know how well the paint would react to the epoxy? just thought if there were some experienced jig painters out there they might have some tips.
  6. Any one have a cheap and easy way to paint floating jigs? I river fish for spring walleyes and lose a ton of jigs. I do make my own floaters but have not found a good way to paint them cheap and hassle free. i currently use vinyl paint and vinyl thinner. then use an epoxy to give them a hard shell. just seems like i put alot of time into them just to get them stuck on the bottom of the river!
  7. Sorry at the moment i am not setup to make a serious production run of jigs. i just make a few for myself and my father. they are not hard to make but a little time consuming. not sure about dying them before hand. i dont think it would work do to the styrene expanding when you Make them.Not sure its worth your time unless you already have the molds for it.i suggest at least having two identical molds maybe three. after you pour the styrene in the mold you have to boil them for 10 to fifteen min. thats why it is time consuming plus paint ect. It is just a hobby and some satisfaction knowing you caught fish on your own jigs! hope this helps good luck!
  8. i have not found the best way to paint them yet? i have been dipping mine in vinyl paint. then adding a hardener to them. jans net craft has a really good hardener. if anyone has a better way to paint floating jigs please advise! cant wait for the walleye!
  9. http://cgi.ebay.com/MAKE-YOUR-OWN-FLOATING-JIGS-LURES-JIG-LURE-POLY-STYRENE_W0QQitemZ270508745967QQihZ017QQcategoryZ31690QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem check out this on ebay! I bought this poly styrene from this Gentleman it seems to work great for me. He will give you very detailed instructions on how to make jigs, with your purchase. I use them in the mighty Maumee for springtime walleye. good luck!
  10. Did you find a solution? did the reply below work? I too have just started to make my own floating jigs for walleye.
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