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Will Wetline

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  1. I don't know if there is or not, but see if you can convince the customer to go with the 5313, maybe show him this pic of a 5 lb. smallie caught on a 5313 size 1.
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  4. Very well crafted.
  5. Mike, I haven't noticed any difference in application, but there is a label on the jar that says, "Cure at 400º for 10 minutes. I can't do that because I cast a bismuth/tin alloy that melts at 395º. Cured at 325º for an hour, I can whack a head against my bench vise and not see any evidence of abuse. In the photo below, the color of the football is TJ's Crinkle Copper and the naked Poison Tail is Crinkle Penny.
  6. Go here: https://www.tjstackle.com/ Click on Powder Paint then go to "Crinkle Colors." I particularly like their crinkle copper which I get in 1 oz. containers. They also say they'll custom mix colors. I've found both their products and service to be excellent.
  7. ChrisNick78, Living and fishing in Massachusetts, my learning curve casting and painting non lead alloys began in 2012 and I am now quite comfortable with materials and procedures. Over a year ago I responded to another MA angler/lure maker about my experiences casting and painting bismuth/tin alloys. You can read it here: https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/184855-pouring-and-painting-lead-free-jigs/ It's a lengthy post, but if you read it to the end, you'll have the information to get good results right off the bat. Don't hesitate to ask if you have questions.
  8. I believe cadman gets the credit for the idea of using Christmas ornament hangers.
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    Egg pattern flies for steelhead tied on size 10, 2X strong hooks
  10. Thank you, Shmido, for sharing the techniques you've developed.
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    The Lime Up

    All the jigs you've posted are masterfully done. Thanks for the look, J.Bowerman.
  12. The 281 alloy melts at too low a temp to fully cure the powder. The quote below is from Kurt Urban at CS Coatings: "Powder paint needs a minimum of about 275º to achieve the chemical cross-linking for a complete cure." If you're on BassResource.com search for my post, "Six Degrees of Separation." I'm now casting Rotometal's Lead-Free Bullet Casting Alloy with good results. https://www.rotometals.com/lead-free-bullet-casting-alloy-88-bismuth-12-tin/ I cure the powder at 325º for an hour in Eastwood's oven. As an aside, I'll mention that if you purchase this large capacity, made-for-powder-paint oven, spend an additional five bucks and buy an oven thermometer - the dial temp on my oven is off 50º! After this curing procedure the jig heads easily pass my "whack on vise" test. To avoid muttering and cursing, liberally apply Drop Out mold release. It's available from barlowstackle.com. Bismuth expands as it cools. The 88/12 alloy is hard enough so you can grip the casting in the middle - not the sprue, not the hook shank - to remove without marring it. So, if you need to fish lead-free as I do in Massachusetts, go with the 88/12 alloy or pewter (at even greater expense and lighter weight).
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