Question For Soft Plastic And Jig Makers
Posted March 02 2012 - 05:57 PM
Posted March 03 2012 - 01:44 AM
Posted March 03 2012 - 05:29 AM
I do it for color control as much as anything and to kill spare time.
Like many ventures, startup can be costly. To get into jig making you have to have a lead source (free to $5 per pound), melting pot (around $50), at least one mold ($30), hooks ($25/100), paint ($10-50 per pound), skirt material $20-80/100). So in the best case scenario you'd have about $135 in your first jig. The production costs would go down but it will take a while for them to get down to you saving money unless you use a lot of jigs.
It is the same situation with plastic. You have to have molds, plastisol, glitter, coloring, softner, hardner, heat stabilizer, a way to melt and a way to pour. My first injected tube had an initail cost of over $400. I haven't made enough in the two years of injecting them for the cost to get anywhere nearly as low as I paid for the last ones.
I'm not trying to discourage you as I love making baits and have done it for so many years that I only buy a few jerks and cranks. The rest I have made. I'm only giving you a heads up on starting.
Posted March 03 2012 - 07:56 AM
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Posted March 04 2012 - 08:55 PM
My advice would be to purchase a few heads from Cadman, some powder paint, order a small amount skirting material in your favorite colors and start from there. You will know instantly if its something you want to invest in. If you plan on wire tying, a fly tying vise would be needed. It is very addicting though.
Posted March 07 2012 - 09:34 PM
Pouring soft plastics is limitless. Your imagination is the only limit. I am making a little swimbait right now that is a copy of an old bait made in the 60's, super simple designe that really seems to be outfishing the ones I can buy. It is a lot of fun. For me making jigs got really boring really fast.
If you buy remelt plastic, a used microwave, and use a pyrex cup, use pop to make your molds you can get into a little cheaper than some of the other guys have posted, but you will end up spending money on other things that you haven't thought of. Respirator, clamps, building a work bench, salt, little tools, a butane burner, and mold box material are some things that never crossed my mind before I got started
I concour on the time issue too. I find myself wanting to sneak out to the garage more often than my wife approves of, and it is a little obsesive, and I have only been playing with this a little over a month.
Sure is a lot of fun for me.
Posted March 12 2012 - 05:05 AM
Like the other guys have said, I don't see a way to get into it for less than 300 bucks. I didn't even think about a respirator...good call. I don't need anything else adding to my cancer profile.
I tie my own skirts for jigs and spinner baits. I can attest that it is much cheaper to buy the jig heads in bulk, painted or unpainted, and tie your skirts that way. Melting lead is a pain and I really didn't enjoy it. I've sold all of my molds. I mainly use poison tail jig heads, which you can purchase direct from many different tackle stores or guys online. I only have about 20 jigs that I've built, and those see less and less action with the amount of canoe fishing that I do these days. Pitching jigs from a canoe is an art that I can't master for some reason.
Posted March 12 2012 - 03:59 PM
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