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  1. McMaster carr sells birch dowels as do several other places.
  2. I went back through this thread and pulled out some of what I consider the most important info for making a darter. Also added a couple of comments from my darter building experience. After you turn the blank, cut off the square ends and hydro-orient the plug. Mark the top. Set up a jig to make all the angle cuts. Birch and maple, no weight needed. Lighter woods, a slug of lead 1/3 of the way back from the tail (2 inches from the tail on a 6 inch plug). You want the plug to float slightly tail down with the diving plane level with the water. For thru-wiring: The key on a darter is drill the hole first before you turn the shape. Your hole will be dead on perfect after you shape it. taper your blank. Try to make the nose slightly narrower then the rest of the plug. I bend the wire in an "R" shape so the loop sticks up from the nose. I drill a 1/8" inch hole so it's a tight fit. A lot of times, I have to push the wire against my work bench to get it in. Epoxy the loop in the plug. Taper the head of the plug slightly (1/8" or so) starting about where the diving plane ends. Bring the diving plane down to or fractionally below the center line. Put your line tie fractionally above the centerline (drilling on center then bending the wire in a P shape) Don't make the tail too fat It is my experience that maple is suited for only the strongest flows.. any thing less provides inadequate action... I make "calm" water darters from AYC or clear white pine... for example, my standard 6 1/2" darter is made from birch.. it is a very good plug in light to moderate flows... but in calm water ( tidal flats) it is useless...( unless you fish it like a jerk bait)..It.is through wired and is 1 1/8" in diameter it sports 2 -2/0 VMC hooks and weighs approx 2.5 ounces ( when epoxied)... to modify this same design for calm water ( quite beaches and tidal flats) .. I forego the Birch for AYC .. I increase the size to 1 5/16".. it is fitted with two 3/0 vmc trebles and weighs around 2 ounces... this widening of the body allows the initial dive plane to be wider, which in turn takes less water force to make the plug swim , I also prefer to make a slimmer tail for these plugs. the resulting action is a swimming / darting plug capable of swimming shallow with a slow retrieve in low or no tidal current...the action is a jerky combination of swimming and darting side to side approx 2' under the surface...I like to pause this plug often during retrieve allowing it to return to the surface.. give it a twitch or two before resuming retrive..more often than not it gets blasted ( if fish are present) when you initaly resume the retrieve.. How to photos/jigs: http://www.stripersonline.com/image/id/2533802/width/600/height/450' alt='450'> text to match the photos: birxh dowel body is 1 1/8" X 6 1/2"... the skew restiin g on the blank to to test roundness..as the lathe spins if ir chatters the blank is out of round. ( BTW.. I broke my glasses so bear with me on any typo's... I CANT SEE) The blank is marked out for the nose taper @ 1 1/2"... the rear @ 1 1/4" and aditional mark at the rear is made at 1/2"... nose diameter is 7/8".,,,, the rear is tapered between the 1 1/4 mark and the 1/2" mark to 7/8".. the best /easiest way is to remove the material between the 1/2" mark and the end of the plug.. once done taper the rear fronm the 1 1/4" mark to the 1/2 " mark... once finished use a skew to bring the very end of the plug to 5/8"... now round off the butt end of the plug between the 1/2" mark and the end ... follow suit on the front of the plug... lightly sand with 120 to blend the countours... Now mark the plug @ 1/4" & lip slot) 1 3/4" * belly hook hole) 2 1/2" ( end of the dive plane)all from the nose.... now make a mark @ 2/12" from the rear.. carry rhese marks around the plug... I like to through drill mine.... these were drilled on my Craftsman lathe using a home made ( Lou Inspired) sled I seem to have the best luck at a drill speed of about 1400 rpm on most woods.. be sure to clwear the chips often...especialy when drilling birch or maple... now the the plugs are placed on a drilling jig ( inspired by someone on this site.. damned if I can remember who)... now for the fun part... this jig make cutting accurate dive planes and lips a snap... the plug is placed on a dowel pin the sets deep in the body... I turned the hard wood pin on the lathe so it fits VERY snug... the tail stock is set up ( retained by two small alignment pins secured wit.h a screw. for a 6 1.2" plug. a pin is inserted in the tail stock to hold the plug solidly in place..it is then set to 45 degrees for the bottom lip cut... the .the bottom lip is aligbed to leave a vey small flat on the bottom of the plug ( this makes a more durable lip.. adjust and tighten the fence... now the lower lip slot can be cut.. stopping at the mark made on the nose ( 1/4") after the lip is cut pull back the jig move the plug to the first angle and cut.. repeat for adittional cuts.. your last cut should be very close to the 2 1/2" mark on the plug... once the dive plane is cut... the jig is moved to the opposite side on 45 degree slot and the fence adjusted to make the top lip cut..Now leaving the plug on the jig mounting block...take the assembelly to the belt sander and LIGHTLY sand out the saw kerf and fade the plane into the back....for forming the loop.. Iused a galvy wire for the demostration,, it does not hold its shape lie stainless.. once the wire is wrapped in a circle, it is held in place with a pair of pliares while the tag end is brought back... with stainless wire you willhave a perfect P... I included a quick wire job of "our: plug as we;; as two versions of a custom darter I make... note the slender tail and wide lane... this darted has a rapid darting action and is only suited for slow or still water.. unlike the blund end darter that slide and darts in faster water but has trouble providing an enticing action on flat water.....
  3. Believe that one was painted by Bernzy
  4. Even nicer in person Be throwing it some this weekend.
  5. I do them similar to how stripercrazy describes. V-block to cut the lip slot, put lip in, mark hole locations, thru-drill, either on the lathe or drill press. I set up a jig that is similar to a v-block, but has a short section of stainless at the front. This slides into the lip hole. This helps line up belly holes or weight holes on the drill press. You can do something similar to hold the pikie for sanding the face and use a fence or stop to control the depth/length of the face curve. On a pikie, typically just one shot of lead in the chin. On one that I intend to use subsurface I'll do the lead in the belly instead.
  6. Fished the wvbud popper some on Sunday. Got the skunk, not hitting other stuff either. Popper throws very nicely. Could work it like a popper throwing water, or more like a pencil. Did have one blow up on it while working it like a pencil. I'll throw it some more down there. If the fish are around, I can see it getting blasted.
  7. Boxing up plugs this weekend. They'll go out monday. Got wvbud's popper in the mail today. It's in the bag ready to fish tomorrow. Thanks everyone! Good bunch of plugs in the swap.
  8. Looks like it's raynndogs turn now.
  9. Don't know, have never tried anything like that. It's a stand alone windows based program right now.
  10. btw, if anyone needs I for future swaps, I wrote a small program to do the randomize thing. Figured it might be of use to others, so I tweaked it some to make it more useful. Future swaps, just PM me if you want a copy and I'll email it.
  11. Kphresh picked at random for Glasshouse.
  12. CTS Vapor Trail, 3-6 oz, 11 foot and Lami 1322 are what I use for tailwater stripers here. Ultegra 5500 and 30# power pro. I have used my CTS 1-3 Vapor Trail, but if the water is moving good, you'll want more backbone to get a good striper out of current. Will also depend on the size fish that you are targeting. Under 15#, the 1-3 Vapor Trail might be ok. Larger, you'll want more backbone.
  13. Should be only one glasshouse plug left since I chose one.
  14. Sorry, doing this on my phone last post is mine, not a quote. Second list is up.