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Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« on: Dec 01, 2018, 01:46 PM »
For Pike fishermen only!

It's well known, or at least it ought to be, my feeling on leader preference for pike. Uncoated, stranded (7 strand etc.) wire is so easy to work with it's almost criminal. I have made a tool that makes it even easier, nice solid brass handle with stainless hook. In Europe it's known as a twiddling stick. It looks like this:



In the spirit of holiday good cheer I have 6 of these to give away to interested parties. I'll let it run until noon tomorrow and choose 6 respondents at random. Just respond to this post that you have an interest and you're in!

All these are good for is making the twisted wire connection I am so fond of. Won't work very well on single strand, only uncoated, stranded wire so you gotta be a believer.

I coulda done this on "pay it forward" but this'll be more fun  :clap:

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #1 on: Dec 01, 2018, 01:47 PM »
Would like a chance, thanks Esox!

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #2 on: Dec 01, 2018, 01:56 PM »
Be proud to own one if Lady Luck is on my side.
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #3 on: Dec 01, 2018, 02:22 PM »
I love making my own gadgets for fishing and this would be a very helpful tool very interested in seeing a video possibly also and how it all comes together! Thank you for the opportunity!

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #4 on: Dec 01, 2018, 02:51 PM »
Count me as honored to own one

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #5 on: Dec 01, 2018, 02:54 PM »
Count me in too.could always use another tool in my fishing gear aresanal.thanks for the chance to hopefully win one.

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #6 on: Dec 01, 2018, 02:58 PM »
Thanks

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #7 on: Dec 01, 2018, 04:15 PM »
Got my hand out...er...up.
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #8 on: Dec 01, 2018, 07:00 PM »
I'd love to own one :) thank you
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #9 on: Dec 01, 2018, 07:03 PM »
I'm usually a crimper but this could convert me

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #10 on: Dec 02, 2018, 08:09 AM »
*bump*  ;)
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #11 on: Dec 02, 2018, 09:11 AM »
Very Cool! Would love to add to the chase and catch of my sons (12) first pike this winter.
Would be sure to post that pic  ;D

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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #12 on: Dec 02, 2018, 10:47 AM »
OK you Ice Shantian pikers...

I gotta go back up to Mom's. Nothing serious, just something I forgot when I was there that needs attention before my next planned return. That means I'll be on the road for the next 4 hours or thereabouts. Noon will come and go and y'alls just gonna hafta contain yer giggly selfs until I can get back on again. It'll be later, early evening. Winners will be chosen at random via a random sampling software (left over from work). I'm not even gonna hafta pick names out of a hat.  ;D That means I have zero influence on the outcome. I knew it would come in handy one day.

Odds look good right now. Of course, this becomes an additional "bump".
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #13 on: Dec 02, 2018, 04:50 PM »
OK, there were 10 interested parties @ noon today, six of you will be chosen at random. Gonna run the program and be right back!
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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #14 on: Dec 02, 2018, 04:57 PM »
And the winners are... Ahem.





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Re: Tool Giveaway!
« Reply #15 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:01 PM »
Oh c'mon, enough already! The suspense is killing me!

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #16 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:05 PM »
Congrats to the winners!  Would you care to share how you make them and get the materials, or is it a closely guarded secret?

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #17 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:20 PM »
What??? No twiddling stick in my stocking? Lucky at love, unlucky at twiddling, I guess.
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #18 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:22 PM »
What??? No twiddling stick in my stocking? Lucky at love, unlucky at twiddling, I guess.
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #19 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:24 PM »
Yep! I recently was gifted a GoPro and my intention is to be able to share some video "How to" for a few things.
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #20 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:28 PM »
Thanks esox xtm!going to need a tutorial for sure on how to use this tool.

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #21 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:33 PM »
Iím just seeing this....congrats to the winners....soooo what exactly is this tool?

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #22 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:46 PM »
Ok I just YouTubed it....pretty cool ....but whatís the advantage over a steel leader????

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #23 on: Dec 02, 2018, 05:56 PM »
Ok I just YouTubed it....pretty cool ....but what’s the advantage over a steel leader????
It is a steel leader but by another name. Go back on YouTube and look at one called "How to twist wire" presented by a young British lout named Tony who is making what they call

a "trace" using what he calls his "twizzle stick".
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #24 on: Dec 02, 2018, 06:21 PM »
Tool use is EZPZ. When I started with the connection I locked a forceps on the tag end and twirled it around. Not as pretty, hit myself in the face, came off and flew in the lake or hit my partner. Quick and dirty but effective. Once I started making hundreds of these for the tackle shop I worked for I needed a tool and designed this from pics I'd seen of stuff from GB and Europe. They turned out really nice and I've got one in virtually every box or bag I own. Even open water... think about tying light wire to those R-bend spinnerbaits or a rubber leg jig or 12# test to your walleye jig because you get cut off every 30 minutes or worse.

Yep, if you can't put this to use you ain't fishin'.
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #25 on: Dec 02, 2018, 06:30 PM »
Congrats to the winners.

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #26 on: Dec 02, 2018, 06:30 PM »
Here's the advantage: you can choose the # test and finish you wish to use, make a leader up on the spot to either use or replace one that should be taken out of service, add a light wire leader to other lures keeping the visible impact very low. If you think of a conventional store bought leader with a huge swivel and and an equally huge, clunky snap. You can fasten this to lures directly (like tying) with no snap and use a high quality low profile swivel (if required). If you're buying leaders in a plastic bag with snaps and swivels this is the "stealth" version. Here's the comparison again:



Store bought leaders with hooks on the top two. Custom twist/tied leader on the bottom. Same # test wire. Whaddya think?
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #27 on: Dec 02, 2018, 06:47 PM »
PM sent with address. Thank esox...you da' man. :bow:
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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #28 on: Dec 02, 2018, 08:02 PM »
Made a few attempts today with a forceps and didn't do to well. Hopefully the tool helps.  Thanks Esox pming now

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Re: Tool Giveaway! - CLOSED
« Reply #29 on: Dec 02, 2018, 08:08 PM »
Made a few attempts today with a forceps and didn't do to well. Hopefully the tool helps.  Thanks Esox pming now

Yep. Forceps is a hoot. Lotsa ops for things to get funny. BTDT  :roflmao: Tool is cool.

Still, first time I heard about that connection I stripped the nylon off a store bought leader, made the connection and pressure tested it. I twisted to a big, like 5/0 single hook, hooked it to the corner of the electric range and bounced it a few times until it broke. It wound up breaking in the middle somewhere and not at the twist. I was sold.
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