First off, many blessings to you and yours for 2017. I hope it’s a great year for you. May your lines ever be tight.
Things are going well at Fever Fishing. After many years of creating lures of all sorts I’ve standardised on one or two things and added some new lures to the range.
I’ve standardised on tying thread. A few months ago I tried a thin nylon line for tying lures (yes, mono fishing line, if you will). It came out looking fantastic. I therefore decided to use only nylon thread for tying lures from now on. No more colours. Transparent thread makes the colour of the tail stand out beautifully.
But nylon isn’t eco friendly!
You’ve got a point there, buddy.
However, I’ve looked at numerous tying threads and found that none (or none that I’ve come across yet) are natural and eco friendly. Modern tying threads are synthetic by nature.
I’d love to be able to say that my lures are 100% eco friendly, but the truth is, they’re not. They are FAR more environmentally friendly than lead-based lures though.
I bought a clear UV powder paint a while back, not thinking too much about the effect it might have on the lure. In fact, the only reason I bought the UV coating was because it allowed me to add a tough clear coat that displayed the natural colour of the lure’s body.
The most important point? Using the right colour is not as important as using high contrasting colours or using a lure which greatly contrasts the body of water you’re fishing.
For instance, I’ve always thought that a fire tiger lure performs best in dirty water. Many fishermen now believe a dark lure to work best in murky water, since this gives a greater contrast than a colourful lure. It makes sense. A black lure will be more visible in yellow water than a yellow lure.
Lure colour does matter
Let me state that I believe that lure colour does matter in certain situations. In the case of freshwater fishing, I’ve seen bass reject a plastic worm, then take the exact same worm (the only difference being the colour) a few moments later. However, the water was shallow and extremely clear.
Red is first to go, blue holds on the longest
When it comes to water, colour quickly disappears. Red is the first to go. Blue, on the other hand, penetrates water the deepest.
A UV coating allows you a little more depth. An ultra violet coating also works great on overcast days, since UV light is stronger on cloudy days. It also works great for deep water fishing. And even though even UV light scatters in murky water, it still does a better job of penetrating than other colours.
Check the pictures below. It’s a 3/4 oz bucktail jig head (not tied yet). It was coated with the UV clear first, then given a chartreuse accent topside and a candy red nose.
In normal light it doesn’t look like that much of a contrast; looks like an uncoated lure with chartreuse and candy red highlights.
However, under a UV torch (I bought one specifically for testing this), the UV really shines (excuse the pun).
(I tried my level best to take proper pics, but unfortunately it turned out to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Apologies for that.)
Note that the chartreuse in the photos isn’t glow in the dark. The UV light just creates a fantastic contrast.
Here are two 3/4 oz hairless jig heads. They’re identical. The only difference is that the top one has a UV coating. It’s hard to see the difference.
Here you can clearly see the difference between the UV coated hairless jig head and non-coated hairless jig head.
Glow in the dark colours
I’ve added two glow in the dark colours, pink and orange, to my lure range. Check the pics below to see what these lures look like in the dark.
These lures don’t keep their charge long. You need to charge them before every cast. This shouldn’t be a problem if you own a headlamp or small LED torch. The UV LED torch also does a good job of charging them.
Here are pics of the glow-in-the-dark pink and orange hairless jig head lures. The first two pics were taken under a lamp to show what it looks like in normal light. The third and fourth pics were taken in the dark, the lures charged with a UV light. A standard light charges them too.
No more clear top coat
I used to coat my lures in a clear coat that took days to cure and remained sticky to some extent. I don’t do this anymore. I’ve perfected the powder coating process. The powder coating now sticks to the lure like it should, if baked correctly. The fact that I now have control over my oven means that I can bake it to perfection each and every time.
Yep, things are going well, by God’s grace. I hope you can say the same. Order some lures from me and when you catch something, please send me a picture. Would love to see what you get.
Enjoy your year.
You’ll notice that the barb of each of the products displayed in this post has been flattened. I do this for all my own lures. I don’t, however, send barbless fishing lures to my customers. You can remove the barb of your Fever Fishing lure if you so wish. My reason for debarbing my lures is based on observing what a barb does to smaller fish. A barb can be destructive.