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Old 02-28-2020, 09:23 PM   #31
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Did u try reversing the 2? Opt to have the larger diameter in rear to have increased rear buoyancy.
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Old 02-29-2020, 07:44 AM   #32
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Did u try reversing the 2? Opt to have the larger diameter in rear to have increased rear buoyancy.
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Sorry I thought you were talking about the swimmer. The line tie on the needlefish is the horizontal loop. (To the left in the picture). I have used it in both directions. The amount of surface area on the plug is so great that it drives it up to wake on top even though it sinks. I think I either have to make the same plug with a thinner diameter or make a slightly shorter needle.
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Old 02-29-2020, 05:53 PM   #33
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I thought the thin taper when i turned the mold model was the front. I would think it may help the nose from breaking thru surface.
A thinner profile will help sink rate.
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Old 02-29-2020, 11:54 PM   #34
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I thought the thin taper when i turned the mold model was the front. I would think it may help the nose from breaking thru surface.
A thinner profile will help sink rate.
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The thin taper is in front. The plug has a ton of displacement which holds it up in current / during retrieve. It's very strong, I can place it across my knee, pull from each end and try to snap it and it won't. My next needle mold will be in the Super strike neighborhood of profile diameters considering the strength of the material.
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Old 03-01-2020, 08:02 AM   #35
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The thin taper is in front. The plug has a ton of displacement which holds it up in current / during retrieve. It's very strong, I can place it across my knee, pull from each end and try to snap it and it won't. My next needle mold will be in the Super strike neighborhood of profile diameters considering the strength of the material.
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Hee hee. U like my thin concept??
I just did a few more in a lighter wood to have a very slow level drop.

BTW do u want a template for the mold of one? Dupe is still set up. Take 2 minutes.
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Old 03-03-2020, 06:10 PM   #36
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Nope, I'm working on a new "idea" I'll send it your way soon.

Re-Poured a mold today to make myself more nervous that I didn't screw it up. Old fckd up molds are recyclables. Just chop them up and mix it in.
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Old 03-08-2020, 03:19 PM   #37
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Did my first 6 plugs in the new mold. The quality is much better now.
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Old 03-09-2020, 01:24 PM   #38
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Did my first 6 plugs in the new mold. The quality is much better now.
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Pics! Very cool project. i never really fished large needles until i had some success w/ the high hook this summer.

plastic ones seem very cool.
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I started this plug with wood. first maple in the 16/17 winter, then ayc the following winter, then started molding them last year, and just recently made a better mold where I took my time with the little details, and some fellow surfcaster's feedback after using the plug for themselves.

In the pic, the top one is ayc, which worked well but eventually the nose would bust open from contact with rocks. The second and third from the top are last year's mold, when I cast that mold I suspended the plug in my mold "box" and poured the silicone to mid-line with the intention of a 2 part mold. You can see on the green one all the air bubbles it trapped in the mold, and thus every plug I made was a one sided rough-side lol. The bottom one is the new mold, and you can see the small white spot on the base of the plug where the pliers are just ahead of the swivel... that is the original swivel position. In the new mold I simply added another swivel location.
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Old 03-10-2020, 06:48 AM   #40
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The new mold makes a smooth pour . Like the copper color. Reason you brought hook back?
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The new mold makes a smooth pour . Like the copper color. Reason you brought hook back?
Steve said he'd like the hook further back. It might offer a different swim depth with the same pour parameters. It also fishes better with a single belly treble and a flag so moving the hook back shouldn't be a diving issue, it might make the plug swim a wider dart.
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Old 03-17-2020, 05:52 PM   #42
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Sunday passed by quickly, anyone building still? Would love to see some other's progress.

I'm picking away at what I want to throw this year (hopefully COVID-19) passes fast. And then filling out handout orders.

Here's my herring:
https://youtu.be/v0Om0ZnUSY8
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:19 PM   #43
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Started building for the first time in a 8 years. Have a batch of tuna stickbaits, spooks and poppers in the making that were supposed to be for a Panama trip in April.
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Old 03-18-2020, 07:31 AM   #44
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As u know Matt I been home recovering and out of work so I make the best of time. Did more slim needles slow sinks and decided to turn 20 ayc blanks for next years Pikes. I will be doing them with a single 5/0 hook and will be testing prototypes with alternative weight compensation. I also plan to try 2 different lips for an action I prefer in deep divers. I have 2 ready to swim today.
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Old 03-19-2020, 11:48 AM   #45
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Well on the plus side working at home this week has given me time to get some stuff epoxied... Small needles in pine and maple.
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Not sure what to call these, kind of like a bottle darter... Been messing around with versions of these for the past couple of seasons.
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Old 03-19-2020, 12:22 PM   #47
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I'd call it a bottle darter. The late Bob Hahn made a version close to that.

No boat, back in the suds.
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DJ. How do they swim?
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Those look great!
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:12 AM   #50
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Those darters look great DJ. Curious on the needles. Must be a weight difference on the line to maple. Are the pines floating ?? What’s the weights.
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Old 03-21-2020, 07:18 PM   #51
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Those darters look great DJ. Curious on the needles. Must be a weight difference on the line to maple. Are the pines floating ?? What’s the weights.
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All of those needles sink, the pine are about 1.75 oz the soft maple ones are about 2.

I got the last of what I had been working on finished this week. More needles in a different style, some in Pine and some in maple. The slimmer yellow one is pine and 1.75, the larger ones are 2.5 for maple and 2.0 for the pine.
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and tomorrows project

I'm going to try and play with some birch I cut down that has had about a year to dry out...
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:19 PM   #53
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Nice stuff guys.
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