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Posted 21 February 2009 - 11:54 AM
I've been trying to find large stainless screw eyelets and stainless wire for a while now, and haven't had much luck. I live in a fairly good sized town, and everyone looks at me like I'm crazy when I inquire. Then they tell me to check out Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I found .062, .072 wire eyelets on Jann's, but I want bigger ones for joints. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I guess everything I've obtained for this stuff has been mail-order, so why should this be any different?
Posted 21 February 2009 - 01:00 PM
I guess everything is bigger in Tejas?
Try here: mcmaster.com
They stock lots of wire and hardware
Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:08 PM
0.072 is huge. Are you fishing for marlin or what?
Load one up with a bucket of dirt and see what weight it fails. Then load up your rod to the same weight. Second thoughts don't. You will end up in tears.
You have to examine your entire system and determine the weakest link. A 0.072 eye is NOT the weakest link, believe me.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 08:40 PM
I have no doubt .072 is more that strong enough for the fish, but I need a bigger hole to pass a pin through so that it'll move super-free. I'm using pieces of stainless bicycle spoke for pin material, and I want an eye with some play in it. These are 4-5 oz. lures with joints, and repeated casts will take their toll. Some of the the commercially made swimbaits I have use HUGE eyelets with an opening 3 times the size of these .072 eyes, so I don't think I'm going nearly as overboard as some of you suggest. I have the .072 hardware, and I'm sure it's big enough for the hooks. Thanks for the responses. I need to get on here and ask more often. Cheaper on gas.
Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:08 PM
I just placed an order with Mcmaster. Moore's was closed for winter. Isn't that when us fishing nerds are piddling with this stuff the most? Anyway, thanks a bunch.
Posted 22 February 2009 - 12:13 PM
McMaster Carr is a good company, I buy parts for my livewells there. Rollie and Helens (Muskie Shop) also sells the .092 Stainless screw eyes.
Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:36 AM
Hagens is also a good place for hard to find stuff at time and their hook prices are good too. I think it is Hagensfish.com.