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  1. RPM

    Line tie

    Epoxy will work for sure, you might even want to mix in some micro balloons to add some white color to your epoxy, but epoxy will certainly hold the line tie / thru wire solid and provide a water tight bond / seal.
  2. RPM

    Line tie

    The bend is going to be very critical as well as the hole drilled below the lip slot, I've found between the size hole I drill in my lip, and the way or spot I bend my wire, I can still get a very nice fit to the bottom of the lip, it just takes some practice. I would also make sure the hole drilled in bait below the lip was not to big as well. Best of luck, don't know much about Muskie Lures, but would like to see a few once you get them figured out.
  3. RPM

    Line tie

    I also use a one drilled hole method. Takes a little practice to get the feel, but effective. I Dremel a slot or groove in the back of my lip, ( the part that will be epoxied into the bait) put the line tie through the hole, bend and run line tie under bill and to the back of the bill snug to the bottom of bill, then another bend tight to the bill again, and the bend runs through the Dremel groove bent upwards and back toward the front of the bill. Once tight & snug to the bottom of bill and where you want it, I then cut off the access length of the wire and discard it and now the bill is ready to be installed with the line tie in it's place, if done properly the line tie will be very taught, snug and will stay in place nicely by itself. I hope that helps, and Merry Christmas as well.
  4. Will do, didn't mean to get off the subject, just sparked an interest if you know what I mean. Thanks Dave
  5. Easy now! LOL But on a more serious note. The Lure duplicator machine has my interest? Seriously A few years ago I thought I would like to own one, and searched for a couple of years only to find out that there were only a few made ( production ) machines? Then to find out the ones in operation cost 15K-30K Depending on who you talked to and there were none available or not being used. Not to stir the pot, but in some circles that would make me a production crankbait builder would it not? Anyway I've moved on past that urge but if a lure duplicator became available at a much more reasonable price I'm sure there would be a market for it. I've seen the homemade duplicators on YouTube, seen one a guy built based of a router table system, but a real true balsa duplicator ? now that's something to sit up in your seat about.
  6. Dave your welcome, and yes I was reading, watching like a kid watches a candy jar. LOL I was also able to confirm and prove your theory and implement it on my own cranks, even able to resurrect some culls with great pleasure. Now I build my cranks with a different approach and much better results on new designs / prototypes. I was guilty for a long time to not interact, and couldn't agree more. Feedback is a good thing. Thanks again.
  7. Vodkaman, Thanks for chiming in, and sorry if there were issues in the past, which I was unaware of. I mentioned your name earlier because after reading your many posts on vortex and hunting cranks a light went off for me. So with that Thank you for your work and contribution. I've been building wood plugs since 2007. Like many I struggled with lots of rejects which is the norm when trying to develop a lure from scratch and I never kept track of the ratio, but is was way worse before I finally got it. Forward to today, after many years of trail and error and all the research done here, at the lake and countless hours spent in communications I've been able to understand what makes a crankbait run effectively. I do not claim to build the best, never will but as a tournament angler for many years I've come to the realization you cant please everyone, that's why we have so many choices in our everyday life. What I have been able to obtain is a better understanding of what I wanted my crankbaits to do, Versus the production cranks I was fishing before I started this journey some years ago, and in that I owe your work and putting it out there for us to read a lot of respect, it helped me tremendously. Thank you again and Thanks to a lot of members here for their contributions as well, it's a great site with a wealth of information if your willing to invest the time to absorb it all. For those reading this and not following why I state this, you need to read the huge discussions on Hunting Crankbaits, I think there are several posts on this subject, but as my memory serves me, Dave "Vodkaman" posted his final belief of what's makes a crankbait hunt in very good detail, and it triggered me to finally understand why I was not getting the results I wanted. I was even able to go back and relook, & modify some of my culls to make them perform like I had originally hoped. Building a crankbait from scratch is a very time consuming venture, and one I assure you will not make you rich, To be brutally honest it would scare the heck out of me if I were to count all my time, effort, materials, and try to put a price on what it takes to build, design a handcrafted crankbait, but it does offer great rewards. I urge anyone with the passion to pursue building your own, or at least look into it. This all started many years ago when I could not find a lure I wanted so I built my own. I've had several buddies who thought they wanted to be crankbait builders, they start of strong, and most decide it's not their cup of tea, heck they would rather have me build them one. LOL Anyway, I have enjoyed this site, membership and knowledge very much over the years and hope to be able to keep a high standard of respect, fellowship and help new members when I can, so I'm glad to see the discussions continue in hopes it will shed some light for someone. Wishing everyone Merry Christmas Rich
  8. Tally there are still quite a few guys building their own, Custom Plug makers if you will, and yes the site has changed a lot over the past 10 years. Do a search on Hunting Cranks, Vodkaman has done a lot of extensive research & development and quite a few guys contributed with valuable information, the archives on this site are full of so much information it cannot be explained. The thing I see these days like someone mentioned is peoples time, a lot of people today do not have the time to commit in todays hectic world, then you factor the time and effort it takes, and the steps needed to build a plug the right way not many will invest that for what they get back, although there are still a few diehard Crankbait junkies left. LOL I'll tell you about it sometime when we talk. I have enjoyed this site & members knowledge tremendously and it has helped me as well as many other guys I know. I've also enjoyed your return, so welcome back. I look forward to talking to you soon, as well as keeping up with your informative posts. Thanks Rich
  9. Tally, are you diluting the simple green or using it straight out of the bottle. I buy Simple green in gallon jugs and use it a lot around the shop. Thanks for the tip, I'm going to start using it on my air brushes.
  10. RPM

    a good epoxy review

    My takeaway is this, great review. Thank you. There are many factors to consider but the one I must look at is the finished product, That given it would seem lure builders would want the best finish possible. Clear, hard, durable, and easy to work with is the key. I suggest watching the video many times to make your own determination, but remember this, I have found a product that is Rock hard, bullet proof, and almost indestructible as far as a finish is concerned, the only down fall is the cost, pot / shelf life and does not lend it's self to doing a few lures at a time, to bad but if you want the very best finish you can get at all cost, look into Sherwin Williams, Rexthane Amorseal, the only problem is cost per lure. So this brings us back to how many lures are you clear coating at a time? and how many do you do in a month? if you don't do several hundered or thousands, the Rexthane will not do you any good. Seems the best products have the shortest life span, so now lets be honest and say if your looking for friendly usability you will have to compromises, thus let the battle rage on of which clear coat is the best.
  11. Guys, this technique was designed to take a floating lure and turn it into a suspending lure, or a sinking lure, it's called drill & syringe? I did some research and talked to one of my crankbait buddies who has forgotten more about crankbait fishing than I'll probably ever know. LOL He said it was used by lots of tournament fisherman back in the 70's where he came from, the Carolina's. Pretty awesome when you think about it, you can adjust a plastic crankbait in a non permanent method, because you can take the water back out and reseal the hole and the lure is back to factory. Anyway, sorry to anser my own question, but I thought some of you crankbait guys might want to hear the story. Thanks have a great day! Rich
  12. Hey guys, my neighbor and long time fishing partner were sharing fishing stories, and he brought over some cranks for me to look at, he asked if I had ever seen a plug with this modification? What he showed me was an older Cordell Big O, with a pin hole drilled into the bottom side. I said yes I have, went into my shop and brought out a few with just the same thing. He asked if I did the mod, which I did not, but I have heard from some old crankbait guys, that this was a modification so the angler could use a syringe to add water inside the plug to add weight to make it dive deeper / quicker or alter the action. My question is what is this called? and do any of you hardcore crankers still do this today? I have several older lures that have been done like this and was wandering, also I was wanting to tell him what it's called and the exact reason for doing this. Thanks for the help, it might help shed a light on this old trick / technique.
  13. RPM

    handmade lure

    geforce, Welcome aboard! I'll try to help you. Do a search here, (at the top, left of the page) there are many discussions about this. Also as far as a template, you can probably find that here under the search as well, but half the fun is designing, testing, proving your own design? and the sky is the limit, whatever you can imagine would be a good place to start. A lot of guys take a proven design, lure and start from there, but from my experience it's much more satisfying starting and perfecting your own. There are many crank bait builders here, and the questions you have can be found under the search tab, tons and tons of information shared on this site. Best of luck and happy building!
  14. RPM

    Swing Head Jig ideas?

    Cadman you are correct, and I have used both style of heads and do prefer the heads without the hook, just add split rings and hooks it's rather simple and has proven very effective from what we have seen. I agree about the pictures and guys copying the idea, Thanks for your input.
  15. Guys, I saw on another forum a question on swing head jigs, so I thought I would share my ideas, opinions. I have been tinkering with this all summer. I bought some swing head jigs that had the hooks attached to the wire in the head, I cut off the hook eye, removed the hook and added split rings, then hooks of my choice. I've made several variations, and the one that has really caught everyone attention is one that I rigged with double hooks, and trailers. I have also thought about adding multiple split rings with the main ring big enough to place a glass bead in between the two hooks, then add trailers of your liking? I also fished one with a punch skirt in front of the swing head, the sky's the limit, and these lures have proven to be very effective. Just a few thoughts and ideas I have been playing with this summer. I hope this info is useful and gives you an idea of things you can do to be creative, when it comes to customizing your baits. I'm known as the Jig man to my buddies and don't really make or mess with Jigs as much as I used to, but the swing head does open up our ability to be creative? Thanks
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