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Stainless steel vs. brass

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Can someone tell me the Pro's and con's of using stainless steel vs. brass for hook holders ? I am new to making crankbaits and was wondering why some use stainless steel while others use brass for their hook holders ?

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SS is used for saltwater lures and big game fish. Brass wire is better suited for smaller lures for easy tuning.

Tight Lines,

Shawn

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Brass wire (I use .040") is good for the line tie on a bass lure because it's easy to tune and can help the lure to "hunt", which is a desirable action. Whatever anchors the trebles strongest and straightest is best for hook hangers. That's SS wire. But practically speaking, I've done thru wire frames on balsa baits with .040 brass or even .032 brass wire and haven't had subsequent problems with durability or performance while fishing those lures. But it undeniably makes them a bit less durable than they would be with SS wire hangers. Maybe a couple of years down the road, one of those hangers will break. But not yet :) The brass wire is also alot easier to form than SS.

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