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Den, those look really good. I like the curved top. If you want to toughen them up, after the body dries on the hook, apply some supper thin CA to the balsa, it soaks in the top layer of balsa and toughens it pretty good - picked that trick up from spin fishing lure making friends. Also, I learned from an old bug maker to use mid weight balsa (9 - 12 lbs per foot). I ordered some from Lone Star Balsa and it is a world better than the lightweight balsa typically found in hobby shops that carry it for model airplane makers.

Very nice bugs, thanks for sharing.

 

Kirk

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Your right Stipple they are semi pencil poppers intended for specks/reds in salt marsh..Long heads w/long tails and no legs..... The green one prolly put some rubber legs and spots for ole bucket mouth...I started to post in saltwater...

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Thanks Kirk...the wealth of info/ knowledge around here is amazing. But what is "CA"....never been accused of being the sharpest knife in da drawer...

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Den, CA is "Super glue". It comes in different viscosities. I use the super thin viscosity for wood hardening - it'll make that balsa almost hard as a rock. I forgot to mention, the lightweight balsa is considered to be between 6 - 9 lbs per foot. If you Google Lone Star Balsa, you can talk to the owner and tell him you want mid-weight. The heavy weight is between 12 - 16 lbs per foot, he told me it is almost like Basswood. I think it has to do with the grain density. But for working with what you have, the hardening treatment works well, I even do that on the midweight. Doing so raises the grain slightly and when you sand that down, you have a really good base for painting. Additionally, if you finish chips off, it offers the wood some protection from absorbing water being that it penetrates the wood and hardens creating a nice seal.

 

Kirk

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Sweet! I like it when things are made out of wood.

 

I was in a local Sears and they had some long cork but not enough of them but will check another store out today to see if they plenty.

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Nice job! I like em'. I think they will do great in warmwater. In my neck of the woods largemouth would be all over those!

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