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Chamois tails.

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Since the down turn of Uncle Josh and the termination of the striper
strips. The last couple seasons have been a bummer.

I love bucktailing and am a huge fan of the Uncle Josh products.
The ones I still have ...I have been hoarding like a weirdo.

Frankly, I do not like the synthetic strips.
Yes, its nice to not have to take them off your hook,
but they do not move like pork.

I think its fair to say that I prefer pork strips over the synthetic,
and lets face it, most of the time the natural is just better material.
both for its action and it is a responsible material to use.
Pork is biodegradable where plastic is not....well, at least in our lifetime.


Two years ago, I thought of using pigskin as a substitute....but never
bought any. I have also thought about making pork rind myself....
I am too lazy.

I got into fly fishing and some guys use Chamois which is an
automotive product. It is goat skin and some guys use it in strips for
making worm patterns. Natural Chamois is too thin for dressing
bucktails.

So, I am poking around that material and notice this artificial chamois products.

What??? It has the thickness and feel of pork strips.

So, I buy some and fish it last fall, side by side with pork.

The Fish didn't seem to care.

 

Here is the deal:  This stuff is made to absorb water,and when it does
it gains the attributes of pork strips.

The bouyancy...the movement....etc.  It is sort of a commonly
desirable attribute of lures...a neutral bouyancy, which is not an
attribute all the synthetics share. Pork and this material seem to have
it. Because most of its mass is water...it acts more like a living thing in the water.

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chamois tail look alike
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You can see in the video. They do not move exactly the same but pretty close.
The synthetic chamois is a little stiffer and does not have the two
tone so there is less visual motion.

I have not done it yet, but you could soak/store the stuff in a scent.

Because it was designed to be a chamois for drying cars...it is a pretty
strong material.  It also seems to have some sort of mesh
reinforcement at its core.

The the material I use is called "The Absorber"...hahahahaa. Perfect!!!

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They cost about 11 dollars.  They come in a 27" X 17" sheet.
You can make 170  - 5.25" x .5" strips out of the sheet....@  6.5
cents per strip. You can call that a lifetime supply....for what a single
jar would cost.

No more dollar a tail.

You can buy the thing on amazon, walmart, and just about every
automotive chain around.

Here is how I make them.

The sheet comes in a container.  Make sure you store the sheet in
there. It is packaged with some light moisture that makes it easier to
work with. When it dries out it is no longer soft it becomes rigid and
you will need to wet it to cut it, which might be messy.

I measure out and cut 5.25 x .5 inch strips.  Of course you can make
em however you want. I just use a utility knife on a cutting board that
I can cut into.

first cut out a 5.25 x 5 inch rectangle...and put the rest back in the container.
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then cut out half inch strips.
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When I taper them, I draw the knife to the tip of the tail. You will want
to keep your straight edge on the mass of the strip so that it doesnt
move around.

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I tried some with a pre-made hole and some where the end was
dipped in glue to make it more rigid.  

My advise, skip both modifications and just push the bucktail hook
point into the Chamois tail.  The hole will not get bigger and it will stay
in place better.  You do not need to take them off, so it would take a
while for the hole to get bigger on its own.

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Walmart and auto part stores seem to carry it.
The strips come in a lot of bright colors. I have used red mostly, but
bought the natural and aqua.  I am looking for green and white but it
seems hard to find. Red seemed the thickest, but that might be just
variation in quality control.

If you find white or green somewhere....help a brother out and grab
some for me....hahahahaha.

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Its a game changer for me. If I can get pork I still prefer it. And there
are a few new companies that are selling it.  It is sort of liberating to
find a synthetic product that is better and cheaper than the commercial synthetic strips.

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What do you think a bluefish would do to it? That's the real question.

 

They shredded my otter tails in seconds during the big spring run. Uncle Josh was a lot better for that.

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49 mins ago, chitala383 said:

I'm trying my hand at making my own pork rinds. But if it fails then this is my backup plan.

I tried it last year and it didn't work out too well too soft.  Had it in a heavy salt solution, kept ok but didn't stay on hook well enough. If you find it works for you let us know. Maybee I did something wrong, but I am going to try the above.

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16 mins ago, xjclint said:

What do you think a bluefish would do to it? That's the real question.

 

They shredded my otter tails in seconds during the big spring run. Uncle Josh was a lot better for that.

Nice of you to volunteer.

You are now the official beta tester.  hahahahaha.

 

I have noticed that even the last runs of the OJ have not been very bluefish proof. Too soft...

 

I did get one gorilla last fall with this setup without issue but that is not a good gauge.  You are probably considering the cocktails or smaller.

The interesting thing is that I have not run into blues much unless I go looking for them.

 

forget about the blues and consider your wallet and how well they work. 

or

just tie in this material permanently. That will prevent them pulling it off.  It is not as tough as leather, but it probably could survive some chomping.

 

11 bucks to find out.

 

 

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This is such a cool idea! Good work. 

 

I’m doing this ASAP. Need a new winter project. 

 

The otter tails just don’t do it for me, I feel like they don’t even move lol. 

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This is a great idea. I’ve been wondering what the heck Otter Tail strips and Fat Cow strips are made of. This stuff might be a close relative. As it happens, I already have a couple of “Absorbers” in my garage. Looks like one of them is about to be re-purposed. Thanks Puppet!

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I picked up some pork strips that are just like uncle josh at surf day. If anyone is interested I can do a side by side comparison. I forget what they’re called but they only come like 4 in a jar for 10 or $12. So they’re very expensive. 

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Dammit, I Just bought another jar of Otter tails too. Oh well they work good on the Johnson Silver Minnows for Pike.

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I have had my absorber for over 20+ years which I use on my car. 

All i do is roll it up and put it away damp in the container when done drying whatever.

This product is quite durable

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38 mins ago, NJ Dave said:

I have had my absorber for over 20+ years which I use on my car. 

All i do is roll it up and put it away damp in the container when done drying whatever.

This product is quite durable

I agree about the durability. Not sure how old mine are but at least a decade. Same for me regarding care; roll it up damp and slide it back into it’s plastic storage tube. Always thought that it was a good product. Now I think that I’m going to like it even more.

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Reviving an old long time teaser material for jigs and even single tied plug hooks by using chamois before we even had pork rind . I even had a local friend who made a business out of cutting and packaging them that lasted a few years before he let it go for health reasons. WE often would soak them in oils of various fish or make our own from a combination dried sea worms and various fish. Do they work, absolutely, bass, blue fish fluke have been known to be attracted to them . The movement may not be the same as pork rind, but for me it does not really matter. Try them with different lengths , different widths when you find what you like the best, it is a simple process to copy and cut as many as you can . Insert them in side a sealed plastic clear container with what ever juice you want. Keep in mind you can buy Herring oil and Crunchies [Menhaden on the market and the oils will enhance the bait , but make sure you keep your hands clean after placing them on the hook, One can prepunch the first hook point  hole which will make it a little easier when placing on the jig or hook you are using. One can die the material to the color you want from red, green, white. yellow with dye that you place in a container on the stove and heat in the water . Depending upon the color you start with may depend upon how many times you may need to place the batch in the container of dye and then let dry, before inserting into any oil you choose to use to add a little slick to the water while fishing, Once the oil disperses change it out for a new one and place the used one back in the container.  

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