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  1. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    My friend complained he was not happy with the dull acrylic finish he had at hand. i got myself a whole gallon of epiglass heavy duty 2k seal that should do the job even with one thin brush-on-drip-off layer. I tried it on the unpainted ones earlier and it works fine. The color combo should...
  2. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    Had a few samples air brushed by a friend. It is not rocket science and hard to go back once you got used to the idea.
  3. Bucho

    Dog hair? Why not!

    Well, technically speaking, there are two reasons: 1. in many parts of the world it is frowned upon or even illegal to trade dog hide aka "temple fox" 2. if you take a life sample you have to take care of mites and other parasites that might devastate your supply of organic tying materials. I...
  4. Bucho

    Slow Slab

    Japanese "Shore Slow" jigs feature a very delicate set of assist hooks that suit the nature of their light wheigt. In fact it needs quite some calibrating and skinny ties if you don`t want to kill of the lure play in the light alloy 3/4- 1,5oz range, particularly with respect to the tail hook. I...
  5. Bucho

    Trout jigs

    I successfully tried the pony head, too, but as HJ writes - and as as you can see from my avatar - I and my customers find the propeller more practically appealing for trout. I would tie it with marabou, wooly bugger style or simply a bunch of marabou. That is personal taste more than anything...
  6. Bucho

    Predominantly a fly fisher but…

    Well, you were missing out. For me as for many others, it is not about efficiency or the challenge of fly casting, it is the tactile experience of holding the line itself directly in your bare hands that is addictive about fly fishing. Can`t beat "the direct wire" to the fish, to use a German...
  7. Bucho

    night fishing

    The "problem" with Brits is that they live so close to the Sea and have so limited fresh water fishing possibilities that they generally don`t eat anything that does not come from the monger. Even the saltwater lure anglers often practice C&R. They love their "coarse" fishing for cyprinides...
  8. Bucho

    night fishing

    Now that is impressive! Congrats! Zander are only stocked privately in small club owned gravel pits and so. They are very fond of artificial waterways however and have spread further west than the Rhine where they usually lived. They even made it over into the British system of canals where...
  9. Bucho

    night fishing

    Speaking of zander, I once hooked 2 nice fish in short order and tried to get the third one on film using my headlight. The result was clear, 7 more casts without fish, shut the headlight, 8th cast I was in again. We commonly agree over here that the llight will not spook them but irritate them...
  10. Bucho

    night fishing

    I developed a designated jig for my night zander fishing. It is very productive.
  11. Bucho

    Ordering Out of Country?

    My long-time one-stop jig craft supplier Barlows fishing has given up figuering out what the EU wants from them with respect to new VAT bureaucracy. No more shipping to EU until further notice. Luckily, I have a friend spending a few months in Florida who promised me to forward some strategic...
  12. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    I am ambivalent about that in multiple ways. I could buy perfectly designed lures in this manner for 1€ a piece directly from china. So can every other tackle dealer. Then again, the handmade-inline-seatrout-spoon community here is very enthusiastic about the thiness of the material and the way...
  13. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    It is demanding stuff. I love the flashy herring jigs but am not sure if I want to use it commercially. Then again, if the lead ban comes and I have to turn to bismuth I will have to acquire decent airbrush skills anyhow.
  14. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    Good to go now. Unfortunately the pads have a texture that is fine for textiles but prints through onto the metal surface. Also, the powder paint base coat is not as smoot as it seems and prints imperfections through. It is good enough for prototyping but will need improvement before I reach...
  15. Bucho

    Slow Slab

    The beauty of the assist hooks is that they support the circumstance that fish don`t really bite, rather than sucking food items in. The lighter and more flexible this micro-leader is, the easier it will float ahead of the lure into the mouth. And with a small hook and a heavy weight behind it...
  16. Bucho

    Slow Slab

    Well, from a north american standpoint, most things about it are not really new at all. Its just some minor adjustments that suit my fishiing. For instance, using a trolling motor and a soft rod for herring jigging got me 4 decent coalfish the other day. Even the "you`re here every day, aren`t...
  17. Bucho

    heat transfer foil

    I have ordered some silicone pads and a lot of foil and will keep you updated. Its not rocket science and since our fearless leaders here in the EU are once again discussing a lead ban it is a good time to break some old pp&stick on tape habits.
  18. Bucho

    Slow Slab

    Slow Jigging is all the rage overseas while many Americans look at casting jigs and wonder what the fuzz is all about since they`ve been doing almost the same thing for ages. Almost the same....  The thing is, there are some interesting new perspectives to it. In their attempt to evade fishing...
  19. Bucho

    Update On JigCraft

    Why do you keep bringing up such topics? When has rubbing it in how simple minded and unreasonable some people are ever worked out for you? Apart from one or two close friends or familiy members maybe, have you ever managed to change a single mind this way - online? I just recently met a lady...
  20. Bucho

    Update On JigCraft

    Thanks! There is a "lead pouring techniques and jig crafting" FB group in existence which is quite nice, helpfull and very polite by FB standards. I encourage everybody who still has the nerves for social media to add me "Frank Buchholz" or follow my business page "Frank Buchholz Haarjigs". My...
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