Started by Oldfart9999, February 08, 2016, 12:41:34 PM
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Quote from: flowerjohn on March 08, 2016, 09:12:38 PMRodney and all. This is a great thread. Making lures for me has become over the years about not saving money but making lures that are mine and what I want to make to think what will catch fish. I got hot on floating rats and it took me almost a year to find someone who would skin them tea them and send them up. Put on a carved cedar form that I figured out and with eyes and a wire tail I came up with one hell of a bait that works great up here. I look at it as a craft. Love makin those ones. Cheers. J.
Quote from: Dark3 on March 13, 2016, 12:03:04 PMI forget the brand (is it rago?) (isnt he one of the OG big swimbait guys) that makes a pretty expensive rat. Im a collector by nature and would love to have a couple but not sure I could bring myself to lobbing it out into the thicket
Quote from: bigjim5589 on March 13, 2016, 03:06:58 PMJohn, you need to take up fly fishing with the heavy gear, 10, 11 or 12 wt! There are some pretty large flies that look like mice & other critters. Check out Pat Cohen's website, rusuperfly.com and take a look at his display flies. They're made for display, and the prices reflect it, but similar could be made for fishing. Check out his "Bass Bugs" also, particularly the first one listed, Big Ben. Anything you can think of can likely be done, even a baby muskrat. Lemming imitations are popular for Alaskan trout. Here's one of my fly boxes with "critter" flies that I've used. Some of them I tied, some where purchased.
Quote from: snakeeater on March 18, 2016, 10:15:51 AMAs far as getting good pours on your jig heads, I've found if you get the mold pretty warm by pouring a few dummy heads with no hooks, then start pouring with the hooks, it works as advertised. Just my experience...
Quote from: Oldfart9999 on March 27, 2016, 02:53:36 PMThere is craft hair then there is craft hair, some will drive you crazy some will make you smile. I decided I wanted to tie some white craft hair jigs for crappie so I went to my nearby craft store and a skein of white, black and brown, toddled on home and prepared to tie some white ones. WHAT A FREAKING DISASTER!!! Now I have unintentional tremors so fine work can be difficult but this was past difficult. The hair wasn't really very even, even after I combed it out and I now have some very ugly hair jigs. I found a skein I had bought several years ago from the fly tying section of a tackle shop so I combed it smooth and things started to look up, I cut a pinch, trimmed it and tied away, Holy Moly, even this Oldfart might be making decent hair jigs.Moral of this excursion, buy the proper stuff, even if it costs a bit more, it'll work better.Any body want some craft hair cheap?Rodney
Quote from: Oldfart9999 on February 02, 2017, 07:43:31 AMJim, wheel weights can cause big problems if they have zinck in alloy, most if not all new ones have little or no lead, it's for environmental reasons. They can be identified, Tackleunderground has info on it under the "wire baits" section, if I get a chance later I'll check and post what I find out.Rodney