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Request For Tutorial Or Advice On Using Fibers For Fins

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I am looking at trying some swimbaits with microfibers for the fins, does anyone have any advice on doing this? How deep of a pocket should be used? How do you evenly fan out the fibers? What kind of adhesive to hold in place?

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I place the fiber pieces and a little bit of 5 minute epoxy between 2 pieces of plastic milk carton. I squish the carton pieces together to spread out the epoxy. you need to add enough epoxy to penetrate through all the fibers, but not so much it makes a big mess. I then use toothpicks to shape the fin. I leave it alone until the epoxy fully cures. The fin and epoxy will then peal off the carton pieces. Any excess epoxy can be trimmed off.

Don't know if this is the best way, but it has worked for me. I find it works great for the tail fin, but I have more trouble getting a consistent dorsal fin.

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I'm wondering out loud if you could pour some dorsal fins from soft plastic, like the tails?

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I can try soft plastic. I definitely need something soft because I am planning a single top hook and it needs to not interfere with the dorsal fin.

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