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I’m interested in tying my own jigs. I live in in NH and fish in Maine often, so lead is out. I’m not really interested in getting into painting and pouring.

 

is it possible to tie a jig with the weedguard in place? Anyone know anywhere online selling lead free jigheads without the weed guards glued in?

 

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It's possible, but it's a pain to do. 

 

I just did a Google search that came back with several different websites with lead free jig heads, including some without weedguards so you could tie them and then glue your own weed guards in place. 

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I thought the head had to be molded with a spot for the weed guards. Can you share those links.

 

I know of LeadFreeBassJigs.com and LeadFreeJigheads.com

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11 minutes ago, ToBillBrasky said:

I thought the head had to be molded with a spot for the weed guards. Can you share those links.

 

I know of LeadFreeBassJigs.com and LeadFreeJigheads.com

Leadfreejigheads says you can get weedguard holes poured in by request.

 

Football Heads - Ultra Point XS Wide Gap
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These 1/4 and 3/8 size football heads are made with Mustad Ultra Point heavy wire wide gap hooks for those that prefer an upgrade quality strong hook. They are cast with full solid body heads, but can be made by request with hole indents for gluing in weedguards

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You can tie with the weedguards in place. I do it all the time. You can also buy lead free jigs with and with out weedguards in place. You can epoxy the weedguards in at a later date. I have a free wire tying tutorial if you are interested PM me your e-mail and I will send it to you. 

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You know this one time Bill Brasky was tying a jig.......   I'm sorry man, I couldn't resist, the name is classic!!!!!

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Thanks Buddy if your the same smalljaw that’s on YouTube it’s your videos that go me excited!

 

best d**n salesman in the office!!

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18 hours ago, ToBillBrasky said:

Thanks Buddy if your the same smalljaw that’s on YouTube it’s your videos that go me excited!

 

best d**n salesman in the office!!

That would be me....To Bill Brasky!!!!!!!  LOL!!!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I might just jump in a try pouring my own. This pot looks the safest.

https://www.barlowstackle.com/Lee-10Lb-Lead-Melting-Pot-BR110-Volt-Model-P3400.aspx

 

There is a warning at the bottom to only use pure lead. Does anyone have experience with this pot pouring something like RotoMetals lead free bullet alloy?

https://www.rotometals.com/lead-free-bullet-casting-alloy-88-bismuth-12-tin/

 

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You won't have any trouble pouring that mix.  It melts about 100° cooler than lead.

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7 hours ago, ToBillBrasky said:

I’ve been thinking a lot about it and I might just jump in a try pouring my own. This pot looks the safest.

https://www.barlowstackle.com/Lee-10Lb-Lead-Melting-Pot-BR110-Volt-Model-P3400.aspx

 

There is a warning at the bottom to only use pure lead. Does anyone have experience with this pot pouring something like RotoMetals lead free bullet alloy?

https://www.rotometals.com/lead-free-bullet-casting-alloy-88-bismuth-12-tin/

 

Yes. Set the heat dial on 3.

 

You absolutely must use Drop Out if you plan to get the finished casting out of the mold because bismuth expands as it cools. Too, this alloy is hard enough to grasp the jig head (rather than the sprue or the hook) itself and lift straight up without marring it. This is the easiest way.

 

Not shown in the photo is a large blade screwdriver which is used to adjust the plunger from time to time to "resettle" it to stop dripping. There will still be the occasional drip however, and that's why you see the tin from a pot pie beneath the spout.

 

Work safely, have fun and don't hesitate to ask questions as they arise.

 

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Thanks everyone I’ve got the melting pot, metal, mold, drop out hooks. Weed guards skirt material and paint on the way. 

 

Ill swing back back in to show off my first attempts.

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