larry dahlberg making hard bait
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Posted 07 February 2009 - 06:22 PM
I just saw Hunt For Big Fish where Larry makes a mold from an old lure then makes a new one.This is probably old hat for most of you guys but I was fastenated with how it all works.I've heard the product names like Alumilite,Foamy and quick acting plastic but seeing how it all comes together was cool.Where do you get the stuff?mail order?
Posted 07 February 2009 - 07:07 PM
Check www.Smooth-on.com and www.alumilite.com. These products are "the same but different":lol:. Search the forum to read the several threads on the pros and cons of each.
Here are a couple to get you started.
I saw another THFBF episode where Larry carved a swimbait he calls Mr. Wiggley from a chunk of modelers clay and then made a mold and cast a softbait from it. He used a bicycle spoke to make it a spinnerbait. It was a cool show.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 07:08 PM
You can order the foam but its really not foam its resin.. at Alumlites website.. or featherlites website. Smooth on Cast...
Posted 07 February 2009 - 08:53 PM
That was a great show today and today was a real treat.I also liked the test tank that he used to test the bait when he was finished , another build for myself. He made a through wire top water bait with a type of slip mold. Once again great show.
Posted 07 February 2009 - 10:46 PM
What show and channel was this on. I'll have to set the Dvr.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:02 AM
Larry developed the Dahlberg Diver, a pretty famous and well known and sold/used underwater fishing fly. Since his fly tying days he has gone on TV and fishes all over the world.
I too thought his show was interesting, but not for reasons mentioned. His bait molding/casting/painting did not seem nearly as advanced as most of the guys do right here on TU. "I'll just eyeball where to mount my hooks." and "I'll just guess where to drill in this mold box where to put my wire." But maybe it was the huge lure he was making for low pressured fish in South America. Perhaps if he had to make something to catch big fish in high pressured North America he would be more eloquent and precise with his lure making.
Did you see his shop? Wow! What tools! What set ups! The diversity of stuff he had was amazing! I'm envious!
Did you see how he modified that big rod to reduce torque and casting fatigue? He ADDED weights in the handle to reduce torque at the tip.
I'd like to see a show of his where he showed off his tools and fixtures and jigs.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:13 AM
larry rocks. i saw his shows before. . like hazmail.
he thinks outside the box.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:24 AM
I like watching his show. His workshop episodes are fantastic. It's nice just seeing what he has in his shop.
Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:35 AM
What was the name of the buoyancy additive he used and where do you find it ? He did say he would drive all you engineer types crazy with his eyeball technique
Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:41 AM
I loved how he stated in his Will, that his cremated ashes are to poured into some specific lure molds. Then fished in specific areas and if a Fish hits, to break 'em off.
Gotta Love The Dahlberg!
Posted 08 February 2009 - 11:57 AM
It was micro bulb filler or some call it micro spheres. Its tiny glass spheres added to the mix A and B to add bouancy.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 07:14 AM
I've been a big fan of Larry Dahlberg's for a long time, he is definitely an extraordinary fisherman. His dedication to exploring every avenue to catch big fish knows no bounds, and he never takes the easy way out, but accepts every challenge, ignoring the discomforts brought on by marginal travel conditions, bad weather, food, and "don't drink the water" water in his quests.
He also comes by his passion for lures and tackle the same way many of us here at TU have: Not satisfied with some aspects of what's available commercially, he goes to his shop to develop lures etc, that measure up to his personal standards. Very, very cool! I always look forward to his next adventure.
His website also has a lively discussion board, and he participates often when not engaged in hand to hand combat with some huge finny creature which has engulfed a homemade Mr. Wiggley in some remote jungle river, where modern tackle might seldom be used...
For me, his show is the fastest 30 minutes on TV!
Posted 09 February 2009 - 12:33 PM
I caught this episode also. The fact that he was just eyeballing things and guessing where to hang the hooks is, I think a case of "he's done this many times before". I did like the fact that he was pretty care free about the whole deal. If it didn't work he'd make another one. You could tell he was having fun and the passion was there to make, modify and build baits. Great show.
Edited by bbduc, 09 February 2009 - 12:55 PM.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:43 PM
I've always loved his shows. I admire the guy for taking a passion and making a show and a career out of it. He seems pretty down to earth.
I love watching him when he does his peacock bass episodes. One day I would love to fish for those things.
That he builds only increases my admiration for the guy.
Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:06 PM
I looked on the Versus site but couldn't find the show you guys are talking about. I'm kinda curious, is there a link to this show online?
Posted 11 February 2009 - 03:31 PM
The best thing I noticed aboot his show is the lack of advertisements. The only thing I ever hear aboot is Shimano and Jack Links, thats it, and those arent too often. If compared to Roland (Mr Advertisement) its pretty cool to see the lack of. I understand the ad thing completely, I'm just saying its a nice change to the way lots of the shows repeat companies over and over and over and over.........SONNNNNN!!!