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Needles for skins

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I typically use Super Strike needles for skins and plain.

I've also rigged a Gibbs needle with a skin as well, only 1 mind you.

Both worked fine and produced equally well.

 

Bob

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11 mins ago, Jolly Green said:

I typically use Super Strike needles for skins and plain.

I've also rigged a Gibbs needle with a skin as well, only 1 mind you.

Both worked fine and produced equally well.

 

Bob

Where do you tie it off? Got a pic?

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I'll take a look for a picture but I tie off around the back of the eye.

There's a cut around the eye and not the eye to tie onto at the front.

I have taken dacron and tied it off at the same spot with a slip knot and then drop super glue on it to hold it tight.

The dacron is built up higher than the eye of the plug so it holds the skin better.

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Just about any needle will work. I don’t do them anymore, but I used to use a dremel tool to make a small groove around the head to tie off the skin.

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3 mins ago, Mack26 said:

Just about any needle will work. I don’t do them anymore, but I used to use a dremel tool to make a small groove around the head to tie off the skin.

^^^ +1

Also:

A wood file works well, as does some sandpaper wrapped around whatever shape you want.  

 

After cutting/sanding/grinding your groove, you might consider sealing the raw wood (with anything from Hard As Nails nailpolish to warmed super glue or epoxy, etc.) to minimize water intrusion.  (TBT, I don't know if enough water would penetrate the wood to make a bit of difference, but I do it out of habit now.)

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I just picked up a tatoo danny and redfin for skins and using a needle didnt even cross my mind, love this idea thanks guys! 

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