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Polecat

S/S Wire Hook Eyes

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I am using .032 wire to make my hook eyes. I generally measure out about 4" of wire - bend over half, put both ends in a vice and pull up with a round screw driver blade and twist. Pulling and twisting makes a pretty even screw. I bend one of the ends back towards to the screw eye to make a small barb. I have been setting the 1 1/2" screw in Balsa. I drill out a hole 1/32" and fill with Devcon (2500lb). Now, I'm reading that some luremakers are running the wire through the Balsa. Will the Devcon hold the wire or should I be changing the way I do the eyes? Any opinions on this?

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you don't need to exacto knife though. just use a cup hook of the sized for the loop you want and chuck that into your drill. then just grab both ends of the wire with a pair of pliers and run your drill at a slow speed until the wire is twisted.

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Polecat, your method's fine for bass lures. A thru-wire is even more fail proof but if you're epoxying the screws in, if they're sufficiently long, and if you also clearcoat/undercoat your bait with epoxy - I'd bet it ain't gonna fail during a bait's typical life cycle.

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