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Hello everyone,

I am looking to make and sell jigs. My business is located in a small town on the famous Lake Okeechobee. I am thinking about making a swim jig and an arky style jig. Here's my question(s), Can i use a vertical hook in flat eye jig mold? Do you prefer the Trokar pro arky jig mold or the flat eye arky jig mold? can any other hook work in the Trokar arky mold? what is a good all around flipping jig to make? 

I'd appreciate any tips or any help! 

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Flat eye hook requires a mold made for flat eye hooks, the closed mold holds the eye perpendicular to the head so it's aligned properly.

Lots of competition in the jig business, offering what is already on the market isn't going to work out to good, just look at site sponsor Siebert Outdoors jig offerings for example.

Tom

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Like WRB said, you're pushing a big rock up a steep hill trying to start a jig business, especially by just offering standard offerings. 

 

Check Barlow's Tackle, they list on a lot of their molds the different hooks that will fit each mold. It's not hard to modify a mold to fit a different hook eye in most cases. I personally don't like Trokar hooks at all, by far my least favorite premium hook. 

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13 hours ago, BradLytle said:

Hello everyone,

I am looking to make and sell jigs. My business is located in a small town on the famous Lake Okeechobee. I am thinking about making a swim jig and an arky style jig. Here's my question(s), Can i use a vertical hook in flat eye jig mold? Do you prefer the Trokar pro arky jig mold or the flat eye arky jig mold? can any other hook work in the Trokar arky mold? what is a good all around flipping jig to make? 

I'd appreciate any tips or any help! 

Hey man, I cant help you much with the making of jigs and such but go for it, if you enjoy doing it and have some fun and can do a good job you might as well go for it, you never know how much fun you can have and maybe make a bit of money. Plus the feeling you get after catching fish on your own jig is an amazing and irreplaceable feeling. Good luck out there.

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I agree with what's others have said about entering what is already a saturated market.  However,  if I understand your post,  you already have a business on Lake Okeechobee.  If you've already got fishermen visiting your business and you've got the space to show your locally made hand crafted lures,  I see no reason you can't sell a few.

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I prefer the Trokar Arky jig and I'll tell you why. The first is that the mold will use most 60 degree heavy wire hook that are available. The second reason is the bottom of that Arky jig has a circular area that is completely flat as well as a flat front, it allows for an extremely stable jig as well as a good model to skip with. 

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I appreciate all the help and tips. 

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I want to use heavy wire Gamakatsu hooks. What mild would be best for those hooks?

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Again, the Trokar version you could use the Gamakatsu 294 or 2034 if you want a EWG style or the 291 if you don't mind a bronze finish rather than black nickel.

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Okay but is there any other mold other than the Trojan thst would take gamakatsu? I will put the Trokar into consideration 

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The best flat-eye 60 degree hook for me is the Gamakatsu 594.

 

Allen

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11 hours ago, BradLytle said:

Okay but is there any other mold other than the Trojan thst would take gamakatsu? I will put the Trokar into consideration 

Lots of other molds will take those hooks. There is another Arky mold but older in design so it has a ball collar so you will have to add a wire keeper to hold the trailer. Then there are a lot of molds that aren't Arky style but will work. Have you ever poured a bass jig before? I'm asking because you can go to Barlow's Tackle and look at all the different molds and once guys start making jigs they kind of know where to look for stuff. You are asking about hook brand rather than 60 degree regular eye or flat eye and there could be an issue as to what anglers will buy more of. So my suggestion would be to look at all the different weedless jig molds and find one that takes the Gamakatsu hooks you want to use, Tackle Underground can help with that. You will need to know wheter you want a 30, 60, or 90 degree hook and if you want a regular eye or flat eye and bronze or black nickel. You see what I mean? There is more to it than just saying you want Gamakatsu hooks, you have to have an idea of how you want your jigs to perform and it isn't always about the brand of hook.

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Thanks smalljaw i am looking for more of a 60 degree hook, I am wanting to start out small so with two molds like a swim jig and a arky style flipping jig. I want to use gamakatsu or mustad hooks as those are popular to use on my lake I want use a flat eye hook for the flipping jig mold and a vertical eye for the swim jig. the hooks would prefer black nickel finish. I'm also wanting to use heavy wire hooks. 

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