Squid jig (3.5 size) used for catching squid.
I've been using this design for a while now, it performs on par with commercial jigs. You also have the chance to customise the mass of the weight, to suit your local conditions (low mass for shallow water, high mass for deeper water).
4 layers top and bottom.
Step 1: Gather your parts.
The hooks (3.5 Harimitsu) can be obtained from japan-lureshop.com.
The lead is sheeting lead from your local hardware store (I used Bunnings).
The fingernail foil and fingernail glue were obtained through eBay, look for "Nail foil" and you'll find it.
The clear filament is 1.75mm PETG, but you can use any filament.
The feathers are Hackle Feathers, also available on eBay.
The glue is the cheapest 5 minute epoxy at Bunnings, but I do like the Parfix brand.
The sandpaper is 120 grit and 240 grit wet and dry sandpaper.
The eyes are printed till 70% in one colour, then the filament is changed to black and the remainder is printed.
Glue the tow point wire in.
Coat the blank with fingernail foil glue, trying to keep it as even as possible. Wait 20 mins until the glue is transparent.
While you're waiting, cut a 20cm length of foil.
Push the foil onto the blank with a wooden stick.
This is what it looks like when the plastic backing is peeled off. The holographic part sticks to the glue.
Continue down the blank.
And now the lure is decorated. You can see where the holographic effect has been removed from the backing plastic (the last piece did the eye area of the lure).
The effect is quite striking, from the right angles.
Hot glue the eyes to the blank.
Prepare to cover the lures in epoxy. You need gloves, some cardboard, epoxy, scissors and fibreglass tape (optional), pliers, a paintbrush, and a bottle of acetone.
Mix a fair dollop of epoxy on the cardboard, and mix in the fibreglass shavings (optional).
Paint the goop onto the blank. A piece of wood with holes drilled in it is useful here. Once the lure is coated, swish your brush in the jar of acetone, this dissolves the epoxy and you can re-use the brush.
Once the epoxy is fully cured (24 hours) it's safe to touch. If you touch it earlier you will leave fingerprints. Hot glue or epoxy the barbs into place, and epoxy the weight (4.5 grams) into the weight slot.
Two feathers per side is what I use.
Put a drop of superglue on the junction.
And here's your finished jig, ready to catch squid!