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    Fishing, woodworking, and out door stuff in general. I have been making lures since I was a kid, started off tying flies.

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  1. Easy to make a few. Anyone with some fly tying experience can crank them out. I tend to like synthetic fiber better than feathers and the fiber version will greatly out last the feathered hooks. Let me know if you do not have a local fly tier that can make them for you.
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    Polyurethane for head cement?

    Some of the poly intended for wood is not "waterproof" and will turn white when submerged for a period of time. Also some super glue gasses off and condenses into a white looking powder that shows most on dark thread. Some super glues gas off less than others. A bottle of Loon will last a long time. What ever it cost is better than tying a bunch of flies that you find out much later they are messed up.
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    Daler-Rowney Acrylic Inks ?

    Kris, I have used various acrylic inks and treated them no different than the acrylic paints that most of us use. I'm using the inks inter mixed with acrylic paints in most cases. The brand names of acrylic ink that I'm using are "Daler-Rowney" and another "Amsterdam" and using ETex as a top coat for most lures. I have so far never used "Pledge" which is it self is an acrylic finish. ( pretty sure about that) The "Pledge" is probably an unnecessary step. If D2 and KBS can be used on your acrylic paint without reaction I expect it to be safe with the inks. However I would to a quick test of your brand of acrylic ink. Do a test and get back to the group: Just wipe a thin ink film on a price of glass, plastic what ever, let it dry then add a drop or two of your top coat.
  4. About your syringe, make sure you get the ones "without" the black rubber gasket attached to the plunger. They are probably lubed with a silicone lube and will transmit into the epoxy and cause fish eye problems. The rod maker catalogs have the gasket free syringes that are color coded. Always use one color for resin and another for hardener and there is no need to clean up after use. Just pull the plunger back and store outlet side up in a paper cup. Or try putting a tube into a nozzle lid, something like in this photo. Just snug fit the tube into the nozzle and cut to length to fit the bottle. The syringe is kept in the position shown. Withdraw the amount of each component needed then replace back into the tube for storage. These two bottles and syringes have been in use for months without ever being cleaned. CAUTIONARY NOTE: The bottles need to be vented with a pin hole in the bottle itself or with loosely fitted caps. If not an increase in room temperature will cause the liquid to be expelled from the tube and make a sticky mess.
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    inline spinner bodies

    Terry: I think you are inquiring about the inline spinner bodies. Model (LB - 5 - A) The 1/8 oz is 20 mm X 4 mm The 1/16 oz is 14 mm X 3.9 mm The 1/32 oz is 11 mm X 3 mm Powder coat is the best way to coat them and I prefer to cast them directly onto the wire that will be used for the spinner. I purchased this mold for the same reason you mention, the cost of the brass bodies. These will serve your purpose very well.
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    JIG DIPPING top coat

    Might try CSI Seal Coat, a water base urethane product. Near epoxy qualities without the mixing hassle and dries very quickly. You will need apply at room temp and rotate for about an hour, more if humidity is high. One coat might be all it takes for a painted jig. Most of the big tackle making retailers sell it in various sized containers.
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    Which urethane

    "AMBER ALERT" From my past experience with Min Wax "Fast Dry Polyurethane" it will provide a high gloss , up side. The finish will turn very amber in a short period of time, down side. White belly lures become tan belly lures. The amber toning is not a problem when used as a wood finish, it's intended purpose. The bottom lure had fewer coats of MinWax poly but the lip was also dipped with noticeable amber toning.
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    Clear coat with Gorilla clear glue

    I just coated a test lure with the Gorilla Glue "Clear" . It goes on smooth, flows out just like "Etex", and needs to be rotated for a period of time. At first glance it looks promising. However the company web site declares that it is not a water proof product. Still worth a try.
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    Crank bait lip not clear

    You might try "flame polish". I always flame the lexan lips I cut to remove the micro scratches that happen during shaping and sanding the edges. You will probably have best results with a small butane torch set to about a medium low flame. I'm not going to try and tell you how its done. Just do a web search and you will find several instructions. Work quick and then quit. Don't come back more than once and keep it moving unless you like melted plastic. Practice on junk plastic.
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    new shop

    Here is where myself and most others error. Plan carefully for electrical outlets and lighting fixtures then double it.
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    Misting paint on belly of lures?

    Mark: A top coat will be required if you want the paint (actually an ink) to be durable. The ink is alcohol based and most colors are transparent. Some folks have a problem with colors running under the clear. As long as you can apply a fast dry (non-alcohol based) intermediate layer you can use almost anything as a top coat. I should also add this does not replace a regular airbrush since its is not capable of the level of detail of a good airbrush. For tinting and adding scales it works well and is very inexpensive, the pens seem expensive but last a long time and are refillable. As with anything new to your system experiment before using on the final step of a labor intensive lure.
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    Misting paint on belly of lures?

    Copic air brush is exactly what you need. I use a Copic brush on fly rod poppers to tint just like you are doing except in a smaller way. Increase the distance between the brush and lure to give a soft blush. Don't mess with the small cans of propellant. You can rig it to run on any compressed air system you have.
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    Hard to find hair?

    Synthetics works great. I have almost fully switched to synthetic materials for flies and fly rod poppers. The colors are vivid and much more durable than natural hair. I have lots of poppers that have some age to them, some have had birthdays, and look as good as new. The natural materials look ragged after a year, even less if put away wet a time or two. You might have a bit of a learning curve trying to figure the different textures as they relate back to the materials you are used to tying. The synthetics can be tied in combination, along with naturals with good results. Bucktail is the one of the common tying materials that has not been duplicated by modern materials. At least one company has made synthetic "BuckTail" and tested by a few tiers with mixed results. I have no experience with the synthetic bucktail however.
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    Hard to find hair?

    Not as a US resident, if you lived in Canada no problem.
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    Tying hackle on a Rooster tail shaft?

    Should be very easy to tie directly onto the wire shaft. I have made several "Rostertail" type spinners without any problem. Attache the loop the holds the hook into the vice and go to town. Much easier to tie the wire shaft than the hook. No sharp points to deal with. The logic behind tying the shaft instead of the hook is the hook points are near the tip of the tied in hackle instead of being half way up and inside the hackle collar resulting in fewer missed strikes. Worn and tattered hackle can easily be replaced on the wire shaft at anytime. The only part that is different is the whip finish when done. You could just use a couple of half hitches and follow up with a good head cement. UV cure is great, one coat and done. You could also get some thin poly tubing that's used to tie 'Tube flies". Pre-tie onto about 1/4" sections and slide over the wire.