Tips for making your own weedless fishing
Plastic Y-Guards are
easy to use inserts in weedless jig making. They are made in
different sizes. It is important that the Y-Guard size designated
for each model is used. The simplest way to use a Do-it Mold
designed for Y-Guards is to simply cast the Y-Guard into the
jig head along with the hook. The molten lead will melt the plastic
only slightly before it hardens in the cavity. Always place the
base of the Y-Guard as far into the cavity as possible without
interfering with the hook. This will insure that the Y-Guard
will be securely locked in place. Some models are furnished with
special insert pins (base hole pins) for those who prefer to
epoxy the Y-Guard into the head after the lure has been completed.
To mold the base hole, the pins must be positioned in the mold
and cast in the lure in place of the Y-Guard. The reusable base
hole pins are then removed carefully with pliers. Caution: Use
pliers to remove the pin, do not use fingers! The point of the
hook will be much too close to the pin and injury could result.
Y-Guards can be epoxied into the hole left
by the pin. Some prefer to do this after the lure is completely
finished. Molds designed for the YG-1 Y-Guard share a 1/8"
base diameter with the FG-30 type sizes of fiberguard insert.
FG-30 Fiberguards can be molded or epoxied in place of YG-1 type
Y-Guards. The fiberguards should be trimmed with sharp scissors
to the length desired.
Fiberguards are nylon
strands fused together at one end for ease of use. They should
be trimmed to length after the lure is completed. Fiberguards
are made in several base and strand diameters to affect the stiffness
of the weedguard. Each mold specifies the type of weedguard that
Three base diameters of fiberguard units
are commonly available, the FG-30, the FG-40, and the FG-9 style.
The FG-30 type fiberguard unit is the most popular fiberguard
style because it is available in a variety of stiffness and it
shares the same 1/8" base diameter as the YG-1 Y-Guard.
The heavy duty unit is the FG-40 fiberguard. It is composed of
the maximum fiber strands and is 5/32" in diameter at the
base. The FG-40 is fairly stiff weedguard and is usually best
on the largest lures or in the heaviest cover. The FG-9 fiberguard
is a light duty 1/16" diameter weedguard best suited for
small crappie jigs. None of the base diameter styles of fiberguard,
(FG-9, FG-30, FG-40) are interchangeable with another, so make
sure that you use the one your mold designates.
FG-30 and FG-40 size fiberguards can be
installed in two ways; cast in or glued in. FG-9 Fiberguards
can only be cast in place. The cast in method is the simplest.
Just insert the fiberguard in the mold after the hook. Make sure
that the fiberguard is in the cavity as far as possible, touching
the shank of the hook where possible. When molten lead contacts
the plastic, it will melt it only slightly and fuse it firmly
The glue in process requires a hole to
be formed in the lure during the molding process with a special
base hole pin. Several reusable steel pins are furnished with
the fiberguard molds using FG-30 or FG-40 sizes, and additional
base hole pins can be purchased separately. The pin is simply
substituted for the fiberguard during the casting process. When
the lure is cool, the pin is removed leaving a base hole for
glue in installation.
Use pliers to remove the pins, do not use your fingers! The point
of the hook will be much too close and an injury could result.
The fiberguard can be epoxied into the hole as soon as the lead
cools, however, some prefer to postpone this step until after
the rest of the lure is completed.
Important: One more step before the lure is finished. Fiberguards
are furnished extra long so they can be trimmed to the desired
length. A sharp scissors will work fine for this task.