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  1. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Finally got around to assembling the buzzbait, it's pretty much what I had in mind: will attach that blade behind the buzz blade when I get ahold of some blades with a swivel snap, figuring either stick with the big willow blade idea for bait-flash or a big ol' black Colorado blade for thump. Also, the pic is misleading, that's not a blue grub, if you look up at it to a light or the sun it's actually grape kool-aid colored with the blue glitter. Don't think Kalin's makes grubs in that color pattern anymore either.
  2. Slide ring micro fly-fishing So a while ago I found a 70" rod section with 9 guides in really good condition, super whippy & bendy so I think it went to a light'n'long crappie rod, and I'm going to turn it into a micro fly rod (it's "butt" is just a hair over 1/4"). Originally, I was just going to snip off a guide or two, slip it into a thin aluminum tube for rigidity, and do a generic EVA handle with a reel plate seat wrapped down onto it, but I came across that slide ring & cork handle Jann's sells while looking up on micro fly-fishing and I admittedly like the classic look of it. But this is my first step into fly fishing* and I have no clue about slide rings, every way I've tried to phrase it searching online for knowledge, FAQ'S, and experiences about it has been fruitless. I'd like to hear from any experience and tips/advice you have on slide rings and 6'&↓ micro fly-fishing in general. *I do have some flies & streamers and mainly use them for spin-fly/float-casting Leftover spool line I decided to change out my Sahara 4000FA's line from last year's 12# Big Game to 65# braid from a 125yd spool and I have some leftover, so I'm curious, what does everybody else who doesn't buy giant spools do with that last 10-20 yards of line? Project Creekcaster A few months back, an uncle hand-me-down'd an old 70's 4.5' Zebco 1070 spincast rod that had two pretty big cracks splintering off from behind the tip back down about a foot it's length. Total amateur job, but I was able to fix that, sanded off all the loose fiberglass slivers/edges and super glue filled in the fractures and along the cracks' seams. I also tried searching for info and experiences with people pairing old spincast rods with modern baitcast reels but have turned up empty on that as well. As before, any knowledge, experiences, and advice/2¢ is welcome. I'm thinking of this as a creekcaster cause I mainly fish for susquehanna smallies & creek fish and the most common weight I own is 1/8 oz. tackle (I'm mainly a spin fisher, only have one baitcaster combo, an old Shakespeare SS420 on a 6' MH Berkley Equalizer) so I'm aiming for the Crappie Maxx Mighty Lite to pair up with the Zebco 1070 as an ultralight creek'n'stream combo, more than likely with 12-15# braid, and saving up to get the old 2+1 guides replaced with 5 new ones. Best thing I like about this old fiberglass 4.5' rod is that it's 2-piece, perfect for all my hikes and camping, I love to minimal camp out of just a single sling pack.
  3. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Probably expired, Hildebrandt sells pretty much the exact same thing through Jann's (overpriced imo), just downsized for ultralight spin-fly & micro inline bait-spinner casting (like a #1-2 Mepps Black Fury Combo), same for Joe's Flies Short Strikers. That curly buzz frog looks amazing, saw a 2011 clip on YouTube and I need to buy me some! The main reason I started to get into lure building is because, grubs do pretty great here around the Susquehanna-Chenango besides inline spinners like Swiss Swings. I've been really wanting to nail down my topwater smallie bite (I've only been fishing for a couple years now getting back into it from my early teens), the idea of designing my own lures appeals to me, and I came across this pic of inline buzzgrubs. The local bait'n'tackle shop here in town had a few buzzbait blades plus some spinner bait bodies so I grabbed them to start out on. My first build: One of the blades was this 1" chartreuse one, so I bought some Arkie 4" twintails to go with it. The wire shaft is Chinese takeout handle lol. Originally I put an Aberdeen hook on it for good hooksets since most of the spots I fish around here are clear topwater, but the grub & hook would flop over and twist some with the blade too. I thought a ewg hook might drag against the water and keel it right but it only improves it half the time, so I'm gonna have to add a 1/16th oz bullet shot to the hook, I should do that anyway to get more distance, so.
  4. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Ohh, the Colorado blade is on a safety spinner arm with a clevis, huh... well, the Colorado blade's said to be more thumpy than a willow blade, so. I'll most likely use just a swivel & split ring since I was thinking mainly doing the willow blade idea for a bait-flash angle. Thanks for uploading!
  5. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Cool, thanks dude, that'll be really helpful with finalizing the buzzbait! I'll probably buy a blade from someone in the wanted section, the only local bait'n'tackle shop here in town didn't really have any spinner blades, he mainly just does live bait and hair jigs besides used tackle resale (found my beater #5 black-dot-on-white Mepps Comet spinner there to keep my good one stashed, summertime Susquehanna smallies love that one!).
  6. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Heh, convergent evolution strikes again! I was just sitting there pondering over whether or not I should go through with my idea or use the spinner bait it was originally designed for when I had a why not both moment in my head coming up with that willow blade idea. Now I'm definitely going to do it; what color should I go with for the blade? It's a black blade and black weight on the spinner bait and the first 6" Mogambo grub I'm rigging on it is deep purple glitter. Just looked, apparently they don't make that color and a few other patterns I have anymore.
  7. famjr

    Question about an idea for a buzzbait build

    Yeah, what I was thinking of trying to do is -since the B-MH I'm kinda modeling after puts the buzz blade forward of the bait-body leaves about 2" of arm wire behind it- cutting it down to an inch, fold it over in half with a lil loop on the end for a small split ring if I go with that willow blade flash idea, and glue the parallel wires together with the folded wire's tip acting as the rub for the metal rivet-cap on the back of the buzz blade. Also, should I stick with a slightly diverging angle on the blade like the B-MH or set it parallel to the wire going through the bait-body?
  8. Hello, new here. A recent Tactical Bassin vid about skirtless buzzbaits gave me an idea and I'd like to float it by you all and see if it's a sound idea. I originally was going to just go buy a wallyworld dollar deal buzzbait and rip it's skirt off since the 4 I own now are actually quality lures. But, I then happened to remember about a certain skirtless buzzbait in the March MTB Pro from an unboxing video, the Lucky Craft B-MH. It has a less traditional wire shape, leaning more towards like a spinner bait in height than standard buzzbait length. I just so happen to have laying around here a weighed spinner bait with straight & unused wire arm and a loose buzz blade: will a 4-bladed plastic 2" wide buzz blade keep a 1/2oz spinner bait body with a 4" Mogambo grub rigged on it up on the topwater or is it doomed to the depths? Thanks for your time and insight. Also, I was wondering, would a little #3-4 hammered willow blade rigged behind the buzz blade for a bit of extra flash be too much, or just kinda useless?