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  1. Anybody ever try using a "perpetual motion" machine to drive a lure turner?
  2. I just got some Etex in, and I am going to try it for the first time soon. Thanks for all the tips here!
  3. I painted a batch of lures with my family (wife-very artistic & our 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 year old sons). To be honest, my older son's lure looked better than the ones I did... We were just messing around with acrylic paint and small brushes, but it was a lot of fun! My older son did the gray/blue one with the pink eye, and my younger son did the mottled one. Hopefully they catch some fish!
  4. One of the other guys on here recommended using twist eyes and superglueing (CA glue) them in the holes. I've done it with several lures, and can't pull the hooked out myself. They have yet to be fish tested though, but it's a quick and easy method. I'd love to hear from anyone else who has used this method, with good or bad results.
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    Foiled Floaters

    Right on, these look great. I once took 18 large-mouth in one afternoon with one of those original Rapalas...great lure!
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    5 1/2 in Muskie Frog

    This looks great! How'd you get the patterning in the paint? How's the action?
  7. It's kind of funny, I grew up as a generalist fishing multiple species and techniques with only one rod, whereas a buddy of mine got into fishing as a dedicated bass fisherman... Let me tell you, we set the hook quite differently! That being said, I'm glad to read so many guys using super-glue and twist eyes, as that's what I've been doing. I haven't been able to test them on fish yet (and now that it's time for ice and snow, probably won't get to for another couple months), so it's been something I've been a bit worried about. Thanks for all the good info and ideas!
  8. What type of hardware do you use? I typically use a twisted wire loop for line ties and hook hangers, and have seen some instructions to use those for the joint, though I haven't tried it yet. Your thoughts?
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    Cedar Walleye Cranks.jpg

    These look REALLY nice! Do you do a complete through-wire?
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    Mini Rat-L-Trap

    Great idea using the weight in the eye! I hate making lips, so I've been looking ore and ore into lipless cranks like this. Nice looking little lure.
  11. Let us know when you do it. I'm always looking for a day trip for my family, and a custom tackle shop fits the bill! Do you have a website for your current stuff?
  12. I read recently 1 in 10 new business succeed... As long as you are resilient and willing to learn from failure, why not go for it? Sounds like a pretty neat idea. Better fishing up there in Wisconsin than down here in Illinois. (Better football at this time too, but we probably shouldn't get into that...)
  13. Dude your lure looks great! That's one swell first lure. Are you still making lures? If so, what have you learned in the 4 years since this post? I'm just getting started myself.
  14. Have you gotten any feedback for this? What have you tried so far? I'm also thinking about trying this. So far I've approached one shop owner, but they were not interested at this time. He mentioned he sometimes will sell baits on commission, so he doesn't have to put any money down. That might be a reasonable way to get started. What sort of baits do you make? I'm just getting started, so I don't really have a niche.
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