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Well I had an dumb moment today and figure I can’t be the only one. So why not start a thread here where maybe we can admit to are dumb mistakes so others don’t repeat them 

I will start by owning up to today’s dumb moment

So I was asked by a friend to build a smaller crankbait for rainbows. He wanted something with a wide erratic action. So shaped a body and lip yesterday with plans to test the action today.

When I build a new design of crankbait with a line tie on the lip I pressure fit the lip by adding building up a little masking tape and have a wire with an eye that I slip through holes in the lip then use a small strip of duct tape around the bait hold the wire against the belly. This way I can test different lips and line tie positions by easily being able to swap them out

So I take this new design with me to test the action at the creek near my place. I arrive and I forgot my duct tape so rather than go home I used my masking tape to secure the tie wire around the belly. Cast out the lure into the creek and nice action with first lip and tie position. As I admire my work in shock I got the action right first try a foot long rainbow shoots out and grabs the crankbait. 

Well for the tip of the day masking tape won’t even hold a a foot long trout :censored:. Next time I drive home to get my duct tape 

 Now I need to start over again 

So if you are going to test a lures action in a waters with even small fish make sure the lure can hold them

pic of my lip and test wire I use

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I designed and built a hinged lip lure for longer casting. It was a really fiddly build on top of a lot of time consuming carving. The design worked and casting distance increased significantly.

I decided to really test it out with a monster effort cast. The reel bail-arm flipped shut mid-cast. The lure flew about 150yds, it was a thing of beauty.

Moral - Always tie a new knot.

Dave

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heres 1 on stupid. was drilling a bait with 1/16th bit,in Dremel. drop the Dremel .went to catch it. bit went right thru my hand. as for stuoidity I got the Darwin award.

 

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When you buy a new/replacement power tool, treat it like you have never ever used that type of tool before in your life!

I bought a new circular saw. It ripped my fingernail off because the guard was positioned slightly differently.

Dave

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