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Leo's Lures

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  1. Thank you for responding to my numerous questions haha. Hope it wasn't too annoying. After thinking about it, I kind of like the idea of it being a desk weight or decoration for my room. I take back saying I felt like I wasted my time, as I've really learned how I can improve when I make a new one. I've tweaked the design for the swimbait, making a joint around where the center of gravity is. I enjoy the learning process and now I know how to improve. Again, thank you very much, I really appreciate it
  2. I see what you mean by cutting the joint out before carving/shaping. I have no clue how im going to cut this bait... Not really sure what to do now, because I don't want to have wasted all my time carving and shaping. Also, where I was going to put a joint (directly in front of the dorsal fin), isn't in the center of the bait. It's too far forward. Im not sure how to save this bait now. any tips would help
  3. Thanks for the great tips! I think I will try to make it a two piece glide bait, and make the joint just in front of the top dorsal fin. The bait is still relatively flat on both sides, so hopefully I won't have a problem with cutting the v-joint. I also agree that testing in a fish tank would be helpful for weighting, but unfortunately my fish tank "broke" according to my mom. I'll have to go out and get a new one soon. When you test wood lures in the water while weighting, will it soak up water and will it be an issue? Also, what kind of weights do you use? I ordered some of the cylindrical weights with hook ties from jannsnetcraft, but I also have a lead melting pot and im wondering if I can use that for the weights. I'm interested in the soft tails. How do you make them? I assume with a mold and then the soft plastic but is there a simpler/cheaper way of doing that? The main reason is because although I'd like to make them, I would have to get more equipment and I'm really running out of space for all my tools/lures/wood/everything else. I was having a very hard time making the fins. Making the centerline was very challenging for me, because I had already cut out the fin profile. Is there an easier way of making a centerline? I tried using a block of wood that was half the height of the width of the bait, but it wasn't working well and the pencil wasn't lining up with it. Eventually I got a rough centerline, and cut down both sides of each fin with a Dremel. I assume it is possible to make the fins with just a carving knife, but I couldn't figure out how to do that. For the hardware, what size of screw eyes and hooks should I be using? I find it difficult to order sizes because I'm not sure if they will be too big/not big enough. Although I did order an assortment of screw eyes so I should be fine in figuring out what size ill need, but I have no clue what size of treble hooks to get. I haven't ordered any clear coat, because I have no idea what to buy. What brand do you recommend? All I think ill need is something that will be durable and look good? Im not even sure what to look for when buying them. Anything regarding this would help. Thank you again for helping me out and responding!
  4. Hello everyone, this is my first post on here, so I hope it goes well. I've started getting more into carving baits, and I have a few questions for those of you with experience. First off, I'd like to say that I truly admire some of the great talent that I've seen on this website! I hope to get better and improve my baits, and hopefully you guys can help me out. I've designed two lures in CAD already, and they have gone well so far. The first bait is a small ~5-6" swimbait. The second is a huge trout swimbait. As a newbie, I don't know how to weight the lures properly (where to place the weights, and what weights to even use), as well as where to place a joint for the most effective swimming action. Any insight on those two would be greatly appreciated. My large trout lure has unfortunately gotten damaged, from it dropping onto concrete floor. Part of the tail has broken off, so I epoxied it back on. I am wondering if this will be strong enough. Should I have done something different? Also, how thin do you typically carve the fins? I'm using basswood, and I don't want to make them so thin that they're too weak to stay intact (like the tail). I've left the other fins around 1/4" thick, am I able to make them smaller without issue? My other question is about carving the details (gills, fins, scales). I've tried just carving grooves with a knife, but I haven't been able to get the results I'm looking for. I've ordered a Flexcut detail carving kit, and I was wondering if this is the type of tools you guys use for your detailing. Below are pics of the trout. Thanks in advance for anyone willing to respond!
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