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I'm a 15 year old guy looking to get  into pouring and tying my own jigs.  I was wondering how much should it cost to get basic tools for pouring and tying 

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There are several different melting pots and molds to choose from and costs could vary?

I recommend buying some poured heads to start with and building on them. Pouring lead is the most dangerous thing I do in lure making and I am hesitant about giving advice to a 15 year old on messing with lead. Start out small and see if you like making jigs before you invest too much into jig building.

 

Allen

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Ok. Where should I get heads from? I would like to find some that do not have a weed guard already installed 

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Lure Parts Online, Jann's Netcraft, or Barlow Tackle should have jig heads that are ready to be assembled and all of the parts needed.

Don't forget to purchase some Teflon pins to fill the weedgaurd hole before painting!

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You'll be in the hundreds of dollars before you know it unless you buy 1 mold, a hot pot II, a few ingots, a small pack of hooks, a pack of weedguards, some powder paint, and a few packs of skirt material, plus the tools to tie the skirt and attach the weedguards.

I don't even want to think of all the money I've spent on hooks, skirt material, molds, and all the little things that go with pouring jigs. I've been collecting since I was 16 though, so it's been spread out over time. 

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I normally wouldtell you to go over to tackle underground and the guys there will give you very detailed answers. If you are doing this with a parent then fine, but I don't recommend pouring molten lead when 15, just too much that can go wrong. Do as Munkin suggested, get some raw heads, weed guards, paint and everything else and build your own jigs first and then decide if you want to take it further and invest in stuff to pour. Now, to give you a cost, my buddy started last year, he decided on using powder paint, 2 colors he got, black and brown. So he had to get a toaster oven to cure the jigs and a heat gun to heat them up, he got a 100 pack of weed guard, a single mold, 50 hooks and 120 tabs of silicone, 40 tabs in 3 different colors. his entire load came to $218 and change, he saved $30 by going with a small pot and a ladle but he just ordered a bottom pour as the ladle is giving him fits. And you need to remember, if you don't have access to good lead it will run you about $2.00 per pound when buying from a place that sells lead.

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What style heads and what weights are you looking for?

 

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Mainly brush heads or regular ball heads in 1/8 to 1/2oz

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On ‎5‎/‎12‎/‎2016 at 8:28 PM, Munkin said:

There are several different melting pots and molds to choose from and costs could vary?

I recommend buying some poured heads to start with and building on them. Pouring lead is the most dangerous thing I do in lure making and I am hesitant about giving advice to a 15 year old on messing with lead. Start out small and see if you like making jigs before you invest too much into jig building.

 

Allen

That says it all.

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On 5/12/2016 at 7:39 PM, lakeannaangler said:

I'm a 15 year old guy looking to get  into pouring and tying my own jigs.  I was wondering how much should it cost to get basic tools for pouring and tying 

if you are starting out for bass fishing then you will want some of these http://amzn.to/1WTWXZR. I would start with the craft fur jigs because they are the easiest to tie and the material is super cheap http://amzn.to/1NNs5H4. Here is a video of a guy tying some. 

If you want to dress the lead head up then you can get some powder paint http://amzn.to/1Rr9cV5. The flash he uses http://amzn.to/25mmyPy. Just start out with a couple of colors so you don't spend too much money because let me tell you, you can spend a lot of money on materials. But it is a great hobby to keep a young fella entertained. If you have a local fly shop then they will have all of these materials as well. You can also get the lead heads at your local bait shop if you have one or Walmart.

Tying kit examples http://amzn.to/25mnuDF.

As far as making your own lead heads, that will be more expensive than buying materials to make the jigs unless you are supper resourceful and know someone with access to free lead and a way to melt the lead. But here is a link to all the supplies http://amzn.to/25hNqNo. You may be able to find these local as well, depending on where you live.

I sure wish they had internet and forums when I was a kid, lol.

Thanks,

Dirk 

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