Modifying Irons..

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  1. Fat Spottie

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    So I was doing an inventory run down yesterday and I came to be conclusion that some of my irons could be better.. The big issue is offsetting the ring hole and making it a bit wider, and does anyone know how to maybe offset the hips a bit more? A couples of 7Xs that I have don't even have much of a hip to begin with, so I was wondering if I could give them some.

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    I would think a dremel would be our friend for something like this? Would probably be easy to shave some off / shape the hips. I'm sure they have attachments that could help you wallow out the ring hole as well. Big issue would be probably the ring, I would think you would need to remove it? Then getting it back on, or putting a new one on. They are soldered together right?
     
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    So you like the hole off center and bigger, and what do you mean by adjusting the hips?
     
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    this sounds much simpler
     
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    Yeah the rings are soldered together, I'm actually a bit scared of inhaling lead particles if was to shave it down.. I could maybe hammering out a bigger hole is a thought atm...
     
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    yeah if you had some sort of punch or something tapered you could put it in there and hammer it in, but i think you would still run the risk of ruining the ring if you dont take it out. although it would make the hole pretty even i would think, not sure if a perfectly shaped hole is better even if its larger?

    yeah, i feel ya with the lead. a file would be better, probably more precise too, less chance of getting crazy and taking too much off.
     
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    I have seen a tool called a diamond bead reamer in some old timers tackle boxes...
     
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    I think the screwdriver will work. Try the Dremel route. They are indispensable around the garage. To modify and or smooth hole, a 2mm (+/-) crosscut cylinder bur is the ticket. Should be something like it in a bur assortment. No need to remove the ring. Just hold it out of the way, or wire it away from where you are burring.
    I try to buy the jigs/irons with hips the way I like them. Haven't worked on the hips.
     
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    I trying buying jigs that don't have to be changed at all.. but I have some old jigs that are basically brand new because I've never used them and at $11 a pop it would be a shame for them to go to waste IMO
     
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    You'll never know how a jig swims till it's in the water. Not all are cast and burn either. A good start is cleaning the excess paint in the ring hole with a screwdriver. You may turn gems into duds before knowing how fish respond to it.
     
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    Truthfully just about every jig has its own action, since they are all belt sanded and drilled by hand all of them are different and you don't really know what they have in store.. the single iron that's produced about 90% of all tuna or YT I've caught is a flourecent mint and white Tady 45, it's beat to hell but I'll be damned if it dosent produce
     
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    Jam a screwdriver or some dikes in the hole and twist.
     
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    Home Depot sells a step bit you could use to make the holes larger. Harbour Freight sells them also for less money but probably not the same quality.
     
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    If you are going to use a bench grinder be careful some metals can load up the grinding wheels causing them to explode. Sorry I can't remember which metals will do that. I used to know when I was working. Maybe someone here will know or you can Google it.
     
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    Here's a picture of a step bit also called a uni-bit

    20170213_161458.jpg
     
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    There's a tool for that I think what @Werfless is saying it starts out small with the cutting edge going up to a wider and wider center s you turn it it slowly take a little bit of at a time, I have one for wood working and I'm sure there is on for metal, check Lowes or Hdepot,
    It will help to take out the metal a little at a time so you don't over do it and it precise.
     
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    The one you see there is for metal. We used these at work all the time.
     
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    lol, thats part of being a jig fisherman , ending up with jigs that dont swim , i have dozens that are paper weights, yard sale specials and on good days when the fish are bitting they come in handy for tourists to buy .
     
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    You're a genius..
     
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