Thursday, March 28, 2013

April 2013 Dead-ends and U-turns spinner drawing

April 2013 Dead-ends and U-turns spinner drawing

Here's a summary of the blogs comments and entrants - before I messed up the post doing this edit.

Used to pick an integer from 1 to 7, and it came back with a 2.

Once again, Congratulations Josh Mann! The Random website, likes you! 

As promised, here's another drawing running during April 2013.

This set of collector items (a.k.a - dead-ends and u-turns) are spinner designs created in a sizzling fit of passion (imagine a fire cracker).

Then left laying on the workbench when the sizzle turned to fizzle.

Started out Dudes, ended up duds.

Most get salvaged and go back in parts at the cost of a snipped wire. Others hang forgotten on the chicken wire 'wall of shame' (something to help me keep from doing that again, lol).

Unique and unusual for sure.

Anyways, here's the prize on this parallel drawing. Check the other drawing and choose to enter either, neither or both.

Caution - If you enter as an Anonymous comment - be sure put something that identifies you - like FirstName@CityState e.g. John@FrozenSneakersAlaska or a Forum and ID so I can use the comment.  Also come back and check if you won.

Hard to believe, but sometimes we get busy and forget about what happened a month ago. It happens and prizes don't get claimed.

Fish Creek Spinners Dead-end Drawing
Ah, the memories... Painted discs - PIA, Sleeve Spinners, Misc Inlines, Mini-Dinnerbells, Manatees, Odd Props,

Looks like 14 of those beauties.

Drawing runs in parallel to the other April 2013 six pack drawing. You don't have to order anything - but any April orders that comment, will also be in the drawings as two numbers.

Check them both out, enter either, neither or both. April orders that comment will be entered in them both.

Almost forgot - there's an active 25% storewide discount through April 15th - NOTLblog if you're inclined to order.

Dads - Here's to Harry

Harry Chapin that is - Wiki writeup

Some lyrics to ponder - Cats in the cradle.

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home dad?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

Well, he came home from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
"Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?"
He shook his head and said with a smile
"What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please?"

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

I've long since retired, my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind"
He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad
It's been sure nice talking to you"

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home son?
I don't know when, but we'll get together then son
You know we'll have a good time then

Arghh... Ain't regret a numbing, gut wrenching buzz? Get's me in both directions.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

April 2013 - Fish Creek Spinners spinner drawing

Fish Creek Spinners April 2013 Spinner drawing

Here's the comment entrants. 

Using to pick one integer from 1 through 13, it came back with a 4. 

Congratulations Josh Mann!

Comment the blog post or order spinners online to enter the drawing for a chance to win a set of six Fish Creek Spinners fishing spinners.

This combo is six spinners. Three of the Smallest of the Small 1/30oz Fire Flies and three of the Coolest of Custom Cool  Eye Catcher Tail Spinners.

Anonymous entries need to provide a means to be tracked down should you win.. Forum and ID, Blog  name, etc.

Something that lets me contact you. Sometimes drawing prizes go unclaimed because I don't get a way to contact an Anonymous entry on winning.

We're all busy (especially this time of year, me included), and entrants may forget about the drawing or coming back to post to check if they won... not scolding - just sayin.

I feel bad about harping, so will add another set of spinners to this drawing, also going to start a second drawing - Deadends and U-turns.

Lots of my collector items (a.k.a unsavory creations), never pass the muster to get on the website - hence the Dead-ends and U-turns drawing - this could be an annual event!

Here's a picture of another choice six pack (winners choose one or the other)

Choice 2 -Eye Catcher Trebles and Single hook Small Armadillo's

Fish Creek Spinners April Spinner Drawing Choice 2 - 3 Treble Eye Catchers, 3  Single Hook Small Armadillo's

Choice 1 - 1/30oz Ultra-minis and Tail Spinners  

Fish Creek Spinners April 2013 Blog Drawing Choice 1 - 3 Tail Spinners & 3 Fire Flies

What makes the Tail spinners so cool? They're custom one of a kinds. Winners will be the only people on the planet fishing them in May. That's cool to me.

Aside from that, they have a heavy clevis double split ring attached single hook - a unique prism eye head bead and bead bodies - and finally, a ball bearing swivel - split ring attached #2 Colorado tail blade.

The offset single hook is double split ring attached. This, and how I threaded it, aligns it to face outward. The hooks are sized to avoid getting fouled in the tail blade.

Fish ought to be thinking WTF and nail these babies! 

Contest runs from now through April 2013. Reader comments, on this blog post and online customer orders, during this period, will participate in a drawing in early May. 

Each set of ten entrants will add another set of spinners to the drawing. The more entries, the more winners. 

That said, please share the post URL on your blog rolls, Google Plus, and Facebook pages, the more the merrier. 

If you order our spinners online, and comment the post -- guess what? You get two entries.

In May, I'll assemble the list of entrants, post an update and use to pick some winning numbers.

Good luck to all entrants - Noise on the Line!

Almost forgot - there's an active 25% storewide discount through April 15th - NOTLblog if you're inclined to order.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In case you haven't noticed ---

Paint has 'Pain' in it.

So, I decided to break out the big components and make some Muskie spinners.

As luck would have it, the painted body beads were in short supply. Warning!!! - Paint cycle alert.

What's a paint cycle alert about?

Here's a clue.. check the first sentence.

Beyond the one liner, well, it gets complicated quick.

First, I need to muster up the inclination to plan and tackle the project... nothings ever easy, is it?

Good things, may come to those that wait, but only what's left..

I guess there's no time like the present to get the show on the road.

Like I tell the G-kids. If you want to finish your chores, you need to stop whining, and start one.

Ok, whew, the inclination hurdle is in the rear view...

The Process

 Now thinking about the project, I need to clean off more space on the work bench.

Have I shown you my dream Spinner Shack layout? It's organized differently, much bigger... shared with squirrels, not cats....

Lots of windows facing the River. My Ridgetop Spinner Shack Squirrel Sanctuary.

Thank-you Jesse Colin Young

Mossy rock formations surrounded by pine needles and rotting leaves.

Shafts of sunlight filled with dust from the disturbed forest floor.

Disturbed as I stalk toward the massive brown trout.

He lays below the fanned out roots of a cedar dead fall, waiting and watching for his prey.

As I try, desperately, to avoid this painting chore blog post.

Painting sure trips the stall wire, almost like writing about it does..

Try that again

Anyways, once again, I need to clean off some space on the workbench.

Painting drags out a mess of support tools - like

Jars of bulk powder paint colors, component beads and bodies, a sweet Milwaukee heat gun, hundreds of paint wires, A few wooden cooling stations, bake racks, baking wires, A bake prep rack, The oven, A post-bake drying rack, and finally finished product storage.

OK, so much for space on the work bench, better plan a lean-to on the Spinner Shack, LOL.

Now a few tests to get back in the paint zone - adjust heat gun temp - Check, windage heat times based on bead sizes - Check, clean up the round nose pliers - Check, fire some wires to torch off any old paint - Check.. basically get organized and try to remember any lessons learned, noting any pulsing body parts or twitches resulting from specific memories.

Let the adventure begin! Now we're having fun!!!

String a batch of beads on to the paint wires.

Brass beads for solid colors. Nickel for transparent colors. Trusty round nose pliers. A rubber pad to keep things from rolling around. This was a scrap for the picture. The real one's bigger, LOL.

Background has a tube of Paint wires with the bearing bead, a tube of ashed over dip wires that were torched to clean them, a tube of used dip wires with paint still on them.

Pick your power color and spoon some from the storage jar to a dipping jar.

Per bead Ops

Position a bead in the middle of the wire and support it with the round nose pliers below it.

Reduction nozzle on adjustable temp Milwaukee Heat Gun. Bulk Powder Paint. Powder Dip can.

Hot Drop grip on the Paint wire as it's heated. I've tried lots of techniques. This position leaves the base and top of the paint wire cooler. That's important for the next step when it's going into the dip can. Imagine counting up to eight. One thousand one, ...., one thousand eight. OK, it's hot enough.

Too hot the power smokes, burns and bubbles. Not hot enough, the powder doesn't melt to the metal. Note** err on the side of not hot enough.

This one's not hot.. This was a staged re-creation using one hand and the cell phone. Note to self, find some hand lotion...

Another tried and true discovery.

Dipping is a two hand job.

What do you do with a hot metal part covered in melting plastic strung on the world's smallest branding iron?

Something quick. Melted plastic drys hard. especially over wrapped stainless wire.

I found that if I grab the part (again with the round nose), only this time above the painted part I can swing over to the wooden cooling station, then flip it over to seat the wire into a drill hole.

Eureka, the hot part slowly sinks, sliding down the wire to rest on the wooden rack. This action not only keeps the part from cementing to the wire as it cools, but reams out most of the paint that got into the components hole during dipping, leaving it on the wire.  SweeeeT!

Notice the paint trailing down the dipping wires. Those beads started out on top of the wire when they were seated.

Imagine about a hundred of these colorful little asteroids lined up on the wooden cooling board.

Time to get Baked!

OK, now what...Time to get them ready for baking. If you don't bake them, the plastic is brittle and chips off easily.

Don't believe me, drop one on the floor. Did I just hear some curse words?

I've found I need to move the dipped part to a clean wire before baking.

If you try to bake it on the dipping wire, either hanging it immediately without cooling or flipping it back against the wires loop, all that paint that slid out of the hole, is back inside it, waiting to bake and harden into a bond akin to lava rock, stronger then say - the love of one drunk for another?

I have a Black and Decker variable temperature toaster oven w/timer. I'm happy with it. I try to do small on-demand batches. This keeps the painted inventory limited, but maximizes flexibility on raw materials. To each his own.

I built a wooden stand for the oven rack, then added those black office clips, end to end on each of the oven racks wires. The clips grab, separate and suspend each painted part during it's time in the oven.

I found, that putting that small round bead on the baking wire first, before the part, helps to avoid a lot of baked part wrestling, pinched fingers, broken wires, chipped parts and other varieties of strain related injury and foul language. These behaviors are known to occur during the 'Baked  Parts Removal Festival' (BPRF).

In practice, excess paint melts and drains off each part while it's suspended vertically in the oven.

The small bearing provides a narrows between itself and the part, like an hour glass. A pivot point for snapping loosing the part.

Without it, the melt off paint coats the wire and turns to concrete. I've thought about putting a split ring hook on it and calling it done, but only in my dreams!

Stay tuned for the Parts Removal Festival post!

Anyways, with this technique I can usually just use the round nose pliers to snap between the part and small bead to loosen the part and slide it off the wire.

I've tried stacking several parts on the backing wire too.

In my opinion, it seems that removing the parts is less frustration, if they're not stacked.

If there's a lot of melt off the part, it's not that easy. Time for the wire cutter jaws, but again, having the narrows, albeit coated separation seems to help.

The sooner after the bake cycle you get to removing them, the better -  and as always - practice makes perfect.

I think certain paint colors are more problematic then others. It's likely the way the mix is made. Some seem to coat much thicker then others.

Transparent is fun to work with. The solids seem to be the ones that coat thick, coat the round nose, bake and run, you name it, but if you want the fluorescent colors, there you have it.

Fast forward past all the remaining toil and trouble (removing each part after baking) to a blissful box of painted parts.

Another picture of the painted parts lined up on Muskie spinners.

Fish Creek Spinners in progress Muskie Spinners 2 oz+ Single Bites
Stay tuned, these are large (2+ ounce) single blade Double Skirted Armadillo's - #9 .40 gauge Fluted blades. Sixteen colors. - Silicon Star flash Skirts.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

April Blog reader discount code - 25% off order

Here's a discount code that's good until 4/15/13 - NOTLBlog - 25% off your order.

Check out the new store look and buy some spinners!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

U-Turn Rock Hoppers - new Cable Spinner

Here's how it went down.

I started out wanting to make a bottom bouncer spinner that could be used in fast deep water channels and cascades.

You know a bottom bouncer - those cool wire sinkers about 10 inches long, used to get depth or troll bait along the bottom.

You know the places too. Too fast for most lures and spinners. I always put on a heavy spinner and try a few casts, watching as the spinner hits, and it immediately shoots by downstream, tightening line and breaking the surface as it arc's over to crash into some big rock wall. Forget about casting downstream... Powerful white water. Dam spillways with deep fast current. Home to big fish.

Beaten, I leave these chutes feeling like big fish are there, but just too deep.

One trip I brought along a 1oz zonker spinnerbait and caught one in a chute - what a fish!

Platte River Rainbow on 1oz Zonker Spinnerbait
The nice ones 'are' down there.

So I started off with wire. I put an R bend in the bottom of a 12 inch  length of .028 stainless and strung on a .4 ounce double taper body for weight ... the bouncer.

Then did an R bend about 7 inches up and then built a Colorado bladed spinner, using a flat glass prism eye to fish it up.

Finished it off with a split ring attached #6 zonker dressed treble on a slip R bend.

Oops, not done yet. Added a skirt band over the U-turn R bend, to keep line from sliding around when cast.

Seemed like a decent idea for a prototype, but then I began to worry about it twisting 180 and how it might behave in low current. It will likely be fine, but stay tuned.

Because I had second thoughts, I then thought about using nylon coated cable vs wire, kind of like a weighted cowbell. The more I thought about it, I liked the flexibility of 15# test cable.

It's flexibility - allowing it to pendulum through the water was a definite plus - hopping or dragging over rocks while still suspending the spinner above bottom obstacles.

Same with the spinner side, cable would allow side to side and up and down motion which seemed like a fish enticing property.

So I quickly moved through the wire version, right into this unique cable spinner design. I think it will find lots of applications. Trolling or drop drifting through fast water river channels for trout and salmon.

Here's a picture of one. The weighted cable is looped to get into the picture. It's sixteen inches long and the weights slid and clack.

Sixteen inches of flexible drop, weighing 1/2oz, with a bottom loop in the cable to add more weight, if needed.

Those are two white quartz rock bars (about 1/2oz worth of rock) separated with a black nickel bead to provide a sliding clacker. What a Fish Witch!

Noise on the Line!

Why U-turn? Used a .051 inch Stainless wire right angle bend to brace the cable's U-turn. This will support and suspend the spinner away from the drop cable.

A crane swivel at the bend for line attachment.

Four inch Flex cable Propeller spinner - flat glass prism eyes - split ring attached Zonker weedless Aberdeen single hook.

I used the weedless hook to try to defeat fouling across the cable ends during casts. It's split ring attached and other hook choices will be available in a hook choice drop down.

I'm excited about the double pendulum action on both cable ends. Should present differently then many spinners, more like a big stinger in current or while being trolled. Reel a couple cranks, raise and drop. Then set the hook, lol.

The weighted cable enables deeper more natural bounce drifts through rocky bottoms, when fishing in hard to fish fast current channels.  I built it for those fish.

Headed to the ponds tomorrow. Can't wait to get some feedback.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fire Fly ultra smalls - smallest of the smalls

I'm bringing back the Fire Fly spinner for the 2013 fishing season.

This spinner weighs in at barely .03 hundreths of an ounce. That's 1/30 ounce and tiny.

Use it when you find yourself fishing some tiny tributary - the one you can step across and only get one foot wet.

The dark water with the banks and overhead clogged with willows or elders.

The one nobody fishes.

We've all been to these places and have a hunch that no fishing pressure = plenty of fish.

This is the spinner for these places with limited casting distance, but current - babbling brooks.

Here's a few pictures and I'm done.

The blades are #1 Indiana's, a couple have #1 French blades.

Body beads for color are seed beads. The tail bead is a 4mm faceted glass bead.

#12 treble hooks, but choices are available.

Small streams - Trout and Panfish

Put on your Rambo mindset and do some bush-wacking!

Fire Fly Spinners

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Fish MacWhistles - free with every cowbell!

New creation hot off the bench - calling them MacWhistles.

Fish Creek Spinners MacWhistle cable lure

These are .243 caliber cartridge casings strung on 35# cable - Cable Lures.

The casing is strung through the primer opening and its top rests on a nickel bead crimped inside it.

Another nickel bead is positioned inside the cartridges bullet neck to loosely center it. Bead is sized with enough slack to create a rattle against the brass neck, as it moves through the water.

An 8 inch 53 strand Silicon Starflash skirt on a skirt collar, and another nickel trailer bead, are slide up the cable and then crimped to position and stabilize the rattle bead inside the casing neck.

Why MacWhistle instead of MacRattle?

That's a good question.

I guess it's whistle because I remember using the shells as whistles as a kid.

Fish Creek Spinners Chartruese MacWhistle cable lure
Finished off with a couple prism eyes and a split ring attached #1 brass Treble, positioned to rest at break in skirt

Anyways, these are new and will be given away with every 32 inch trolling cowbell sold - through the end of April (Brass, Copper, Gold, Nickel) - metal rudder color choices in a drop down.

Why Mac?

Mackinaw Trout baby!

Mark my words, big Lakers are going love this baby - also big trout, maybe even Stripers.

Guess they should be MackWhistles.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Two days left on the pre-season FCS1330 30% discount...

Today and tomorrow and this - FCS1330 - 30% discount code is in the rear view mirror. 

Use it during checkout when you enter address information (it's near the bottom of the page). 

So head to the newly swizzled store format and check out some FCS fishing swag at great reduced prices or wait til later, your choice!

Grandson Landon crunching across a snowfield to get next to a backhoe tractor

Grandson Landon back in car seat, about to nod off, after day marching around in the snow field

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fish Creek Spinners Web store

I'm trying to simplify the Fish Creek Spinners web store navigation, removing long scroll lists on the Category pages and replacing that with tables of choices within the category.

From these you drill into the detail pages where you can select and add products to the shopping cart, etc. prior to check out.

Here's a compressed version of the technique - levered into the blogs page format size limits.

There's other goodies like popup fish pictures and flash slideshows, but this is just a sample of the 'improved' drilldown and cleanup.

For the real thing, and a sample of the lower levels of the drill down, Visit the store!

Fish Creek Spinners Web Store Navigation

  • Use the Category links on the left to view and scroll groups of spinners
  • Click on a small pictures or links to go to the spinners detail page.
  • Mouse over the small pictures to expand it's picture to read descriptive information about it.
  • Scroll down the page to see Model Specifications and other shopping help.
  • There's also a Search Store box up on the right side header.
Ultralite Spinners
Medium Spinners
Large Spinners
Fish Creek Spinners Stream Trout fishing spinners
Fish Creek Spinners Salmon fishing spinners
Fish Creek Spinners Large fishing spinners
Fish Creek Spinners Spinnerbaits
Ice Fishing Tackle
Walleye Fishing Tackle
June Bug Spinners
Spinner Assortments
Fish Creek Spinners Large fishing spinners
Fish Creek Spinners Spinnerbaits
Fish Creek June Bug blade Spinners
Fish Creek June Bug blade Spinners

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Skirted Crankshafts - Need any?

Blame it on the Colorado sun, but a new 1 ounce spinner is in the chute and rearing to get in the water!

This one has a unique S clevis water chopper between the metal body and the starflash skirt. The Super Willow blade contacts and rotates this thing during rotation. Noise on the Line.

I actually bought these unusual S shaped clevises last year after seeing them at Worth's Inc. Then opt'd not to use them after a few tests.

I didn't have much luck balancing them with the spinners and blades I hoped to use, so they didn't fulfill their part of the bargain, and went into storage.

The nice thing about having lots of stuff, is every now and then an idea sprouts and needs some stuff - to give it traction. That was the case with the errant clevis.

The S clevis turned into a spinner crankshaft of sorts, lol.

Here's a few pictures.

1oz Perch Crankshaft
1oz Silver Streak Crankshaft

1oz John Deere crankshaft - this ones a B! 

More in the web store! Skirted Crankshafts Be the first to put one in your tackle box!