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Taylor Haberle

Skirt material thickness? Fine cut vs standard

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Hi y'all-


Was just wondering whether someone could elaborate on the differences in action between fine cut and regular/thick cut skirt material besides obvious bulk. Couldn't find much information online. And is there a similar difference between these two cuts with rubber as well as silicone? I.e. are the differences the same across the different materials. Deciding whether to switch my finesse jigs to regular skirt material. Thanks!

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Fine cut silicone is different from fine cut rubber. Fine cut rubber the strands are smaller so a typical 1" wide piece would yield 30 to 40 strands on normal size while the fine cut may have 60 strands on the same 1" wide piece. Silicone on the other hand is thinner in thickness of the tab itself, so a fine cut tab will still have 20-22 strands as the width will be the same as the standard but the thickness will be thinner. What the rubber will do when you use fine cut is have more movement as it takes even less motion to create movement, but that tends to be work better on bottom contact baits versus moving baits, at least for me. I like the standard cut silicone and rubber for bulk and for moving baits as the larger surface area produces more water displacement. The larger material also produces more bulk and slows the fall of a bottom bait, and because of that I only use fine cut in with larger material, never by itself. By incorporating fine cut strands with regular you get some added movement but only a little bit and you still have the bulk from the standard but there are guys that like using just fine cut and using more strands, this has a dramatic effect as there is a lot of movement and can work well but I'm pretty set in how I use the stuff so experiment and see what works better.

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