1.What is the usual material to make spinners-SS wire? size, dia?
2. Can I bend a O shaugnessy hook at the eye- 90 degrees , to make a jig hook without significantly compromising strength?
Plan to use M seal and araldite to make jig head -obviously cant cast lead
Want to play around with equipment, if I do land something on a jig, good for me!
3.What is the experience of this forum with 'bucktails'?
Got a couple of hundred more questions, dont blame me, Blame Rustam for getting me hooked!
I make my own spinners and have been doing so for the last couple of years. I've caught many fish on them so they do actually work. I buy the wire from wholesale shops on SP Road in Bangalore by the kilo. It s much cheaper this way. The wire I buy is Stainless Steel Spring wire, which is harder to bend. Its hard on the fingers/pliers but works much better. I use the 0.5 wire for my murral spinners and use 0.7 to 0.9 wire for my mahseer spinners. I also use the 1.2mm wire for the plugs that I make.
Bending hooks will only weaken them. I know of a couple of friends who try and re-temper hooks, but I wouldn't advise mucking about with them. I don't reuse trebles that are mashed by Mahseer as I've had a couple which have broken.
I've made bucktails only once using (wool) goat and sheep hair ages ago on no.2 and no.3 spinners (french blades). They worked pretty well for small 'butter cats' at a place called Kanva. Infact they mostly went for spinners with bucktails, ignoring the plain trebles. As I don't fish at Kanva any more I haven't had the need for bucktails.
I hope this has been of some help? Looking forward to answering more of questions.