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Do-it mold question.

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Hey guys,

 

Just picked up a rho-5-a mold. it is for 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 1 oz. Hook sizes run from 1/0 - 5/0. Do I have to use all 5 hook sizes or can I just use one or two sizes for all size heads?

 

Hook type is the 60 deg type. Round head is the mold.

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Thanks for the reply. I was wanting to place a bulk order but did not want to order 5 different sizes at 1000 hooks each.  I will probably pick the the 3/0 and see what I can do with it. 


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Going up or down 2 sizes, you may have to do a little work on the mold, and using a hook smaller than you should, you may have to trim a little flash around the hook at the end of the jig head that seeps through from the hook diameter being smaller. Most times, it's just the eye of the hook going on the pin that is an issue, and the shank may need opened up a little. I dremmel them, but have heard of others just putting the bigger hook in, and forcing it closed so it fits lol.

 

My Spro head, I use a 5/0 hook for the 2oz. for Flounder when the mold calls for an 8/0. 3 and 4oz. get a 6/0 hook. I still use the 8/0 hook for Striper with no issues switching sizes.

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BLT...You're right on as to retooling molds ..Most of my molds are done this way! As in the banana jig mold, I'm lucky to have a Tool & Dye friend that re does all my molds, & he inlarges the tie in bump & this keeps materials from sliding off..And most molds are for a standard hook..I really like the Mustad 32786BLN jigbhook, but it does'nt fit good..Once these hooks are in , you have a quality fishing weapon.Much stronger hook, but larger.Same with Shad molds...Jim

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You can go up or down a size without issue but using a 3/0 in the 5/0 slot probably isn't going to work well. You might get it to pour but the hook size will be too small for the jig.

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I have been told you can go with a brass eye and a spinner bait style hook too. Yo have to place a block of wood next to the hook side of the mold to keep the hook paralel. I personally am concerned with strength issues this way but I am told it works well.  


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I was doing a search and found this thread.

 

I have the RHO-5-A and have poured ⅜ oz. heads with 1, 1/0, and 2/0 413's.

 

I also poured ¾ oz. with 1/0 and 2/0 413's and 1 oz. heads with 2/0 and 3/0 413's.

 

I was liking the heavier round head jig with a 4" BA. For my application it paired nicely. The point being you can pour 2/0 and 3/0 in the 1 oz. slot and are not restricted by manufacturer's recommendations.

 

My experiences with the RHO-5-A and using other than recommended size hooks is without mold modification.

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