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Swimbait tail material
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Posted 30 June 2008 - 07:03 AM
I'm wondering about the following.
I'm planning on making a swimbait, and am thinking about the material to make the tail-fin from. I'm thinking of trying lexan or plexiglass.
But as I am reading in the forum some say that the tailfin should be soft.
Because otherwise the fin will act as a rudder and so prevent the bait to swim..
Is this so or not?
Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:39 AM
I use plexiglass on mine.......I drill a hole in the tail and attach them to screw eyes with split rings.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 11:21 AM
I've made baits with a solid tail glued into the body and they swam perfectly
Posted 30 June 2008 - 04:48 PM
What he said!
I've made jointed baits with hard and soft tails, and both styles swim.
A softer tail might give a more realistic appearance and movement at slow speeds.
I use clear plastic margarine tub tops, which are flexible but not limp, for some of my tails. They swim great, even at low speeds, but the plastic doesn't seem to be UV protected, so the tails crack where they enter the wood body after a time. It's not that big a thing to change them out, but I'd like to find a plastic that was as cheap, flexible, and colorable that held up a little better.
I've also used the soft plastic replacement tails from Scott Witmer, who makes them for the 22nd Century Triple Trout he makes, and they work well, too.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:33 PM
You can get lexan from the Lowes/Home Depot and it works great. I posted in another thread about lack of action with lexan tails, it is all about how the bait is built. Tails that are made of soft plastic, paint brush bristles, microfibettes are much easier to move when the bait swims. So they are more tolerant of errors in the actual bait. Lots of times they look more natural as well.
For instance, I just received a 3:16 Lure Co. Baby Wake Bait. It has a really unique action that is a proven fish catcher. But, b/c i like to experiment, I tried a microfibette tail instead of lexan and it has a much wider kick when swimming on a straight retrieve.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 10:02 PM
I mainly use a soft plastic tail I carved from wood then molded from Plaster of Paris...however from marks recommendations i have done a few with a material similar to the lids of cool whip etc...
Both seem to work great I just personally like the look and feel I get with soft plastic tails...the down fall is they dont last as long
Posted 01 July 2008 - 06:54 PM
I wonder if thin Lexan would be flexible and yet still be strong? I'm going to stop by a plastics store tomorrow, and check it out.
I'll let you know.
Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:21 PM
I use drive belts from the local electronic surplus store, i think they were used for printers or something, they are flexable and indestructible.
Posted 02 July 2008 - 09:07 AM
1/32" thick lexan might be perfect for tails. I could not use for lips because it flexes way too much. I found it at Micro Mark Tools.
Posted 02 July 2008 - 12:19 PM
Only thing I would be concerned with is durability issues caused by user error (i.e. me throwing my lure onto some rocks/bridge piling/dam/etc. ) I think the 1/32" would crack much easier in those situations.
Edited by SmokeyJ, 02 July 2008 - 12:20 PM.
Posted 02 July 2008 - 01:55 PM
I hope not. True Lexan is really tough and flexible, so I'm hoping it's the ticket, and not too expensive.
Posted 03 July 2008 - 02:23 AM
Thnx for all the replies guys.
I'm still working on a jointed jerkbait without a tailfin.
But my next one is going to be a swimbait for sure. So I'll do some testing anyway.
Posted 03 July 2008 - 09:33 AM
The lexan might bend a little but it won't crack or break. When I used for lips it was flexing just enough to break the epoxy seal and allow water to get under the lips. That why I went to using the G-10.