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  1. Very carefully! For the twin spin part, the closed loops are twisted after the wire form was placed inside the loop. I had to be very careful not to bend anything with the Hagens in the process. The original didn’t have closed loops for the blades, just had a radius bend back onto the wire. Not real secure so I changed that up so the Sampos wouldn’t depart while fighting a fish. I water tested these and they ran very nice.
  2. Just a quick search of Rotometals website shows a casting alloy of 88% bismuth and 12% tin. I know some of our members use these guys to purchase metal.
  3. A couple of months ago, I twisted out about a dozen of these for a friend of mine up in Missouri. It was a copy of an old bait he had called Shimmy Shiner or something like that. Used in small creeks for Goggle Eye and such. Really small bait created for the most part on a Hagens wire bender.
  4. Nice looking mold. Thanks for the contact info.
  5. Oh. I thought it was yours. No wonder it looked just like a Creme. Personal preference but I like a good core shot better.
  6. Nice looking worm Bass Boys. So close, I can’t tell the difference.
  7. Another technique that will loosen your head/hook bond is demolding by grabbing your hook and pulling while that head is still very warm. Never grab the hook and always demold by grabbing the sprue. You’re remelting that anyway and I grab it with a pair of pliers and pull the bait out of the mold. Small jaws rec on cutting the sprue is spot on also. I would recommend a good pair of gate shears that are made specifically for the job. As a rule, they will shear the gate very clean and flush and won’t require any cleanup, filing, or what have you to clean up the shear. Xuron makes a very nice set and never use them for anything else except shearing sprues. Other uses will tend to dull them. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=xuron+2175&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8-Lx2szB5QIVPf_jBx1XvwTPEAAYASAAEgJXMPD_BwE&hvadid=153688645198&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9025854&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=b&hvrand=6606773216449222227&hvtargid=aud-649564993678%3Akwd-300332154&hydadcr=15246_9501196&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_8zrzd8cnoi_b
  8. I used to fish the White some around Calico Rock and Sylamore. Jack Hinkles wife used to make a trout spinner that they sold at their trout dock that was just a wire, clevis, a few beads and an open loop on one end with a leader sleeve on the wire so you could put a hook on it. I think they sold those for a buck fifty or so 30 years ago. You would lose ten of the dang things in a day fishing three people out of a boat and that was pretty good money back then for a fellow that didn’t make much. Bought a little bender from Jann’s and made a pile of those little spinners. If I remember correctly, They used a # 4 Indiana blade on a #2 clevis with 5/16 beads. We would put a #6 or #4 gold Aberdeen hook on it and bait it with a worm or Salmon egg or both and drift down the river dragging that spinner around with just enough split shot on the line to hold it down toward the bottom. Caught a lot of stockers.
  9. I haven’t done a morning Dawn but pulled this up in a search. I’ll have to try it, though. I have another recipe but it doesn’t specify drops and ounces. Just the colors used to make it.
  10. Joe, we need more information than that. There are all kinds of inline spinners. Some with body’s. Some without. Vibrax, rooster tail, trout spinners with no bodies just a split shot above spinner to hold it down. Maybe post a pic to show us what you’re trying to duplicate or want. Welcome to the forum, by the way.
  11. Your Hagens tool requires a little technique to make good tight twists. While you are forming your twists with the handle, you have to push in with the handle while twisting at the same time. If you’ll do this you will make nice tight twists to form your closed eye loops.
  12. I haven’t used this exact sleeve but have used a straight sleeve to build quick change in line trout spinners where you can change the hook out quickly when it becomes dull. Works well.
  13. Loose tie wrap on the cord hung on the knob of an open cabinet. Heat blowing to open room away from me. That stuff’s hot!
  14. There’s a fine line between vents too small and vents too large. If they are too large, you will get plastic that flows out of them causing little nipples on your baits. Too small and the baits won’t fill. Mold also needs enough of them. So if you are opening up some vents to solve a problem, go slow. Remove a little material and try the mold. Wash, rinse, repeat until it shoots well without the flash....or nipples, if you will.
  15. I think what you are in search for is a jig skirt. Both Bob’s and Basstackle make a mold that is 3 inches or so across and have ball ends. That would put each arm at around 1.5 inches.
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