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Assembly Tips for the 2 oz Wad Needlefish Wood Lure kit/Typical Needlefish Lures

Tools Required:
Fine Sandpaper
Pliers (Round Nosed)
Wire cutters
5/32" aircraft length Drillbit/Battery Drill
Additional items required:
5 minute Epoxy
Step #1 Using 5 minute epoxy apply to the belly weight and install into hole on bottom of lure-one weight in the furthest front hole and one weight in the furthest rear hole. Leave lure upside down until dry. Optionally fill belly hole with wood putty after weights are glued in and sand flush if necessary.

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Step #1A Using an extended length 5/32" drill bit and very low speed, carefully drill the through-wire hole through the lead weights previously installed. Be very careful here and go slow so as not to let the lure go out of control and result in injury.  
Step #2 If necessary, lightly sand lure with fine grit sandpaper to a maximum of 220 grit.  
Step #3 Using 5 minute Epoxy, glue the belly grommet into the middle hole in the belly of the lure, leave lure upside down until epoxy is dry so it doesn't run out.  
Step #4 It is highly recommended you seal the lure against water penetration to prevent the lure from splitting if it absorbs water. This can be done with simple Shellac or a 60/40 mix of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits. Observe caution and proper disposal of any rags used. Allow to dry fully before proceeding further.  
Step #5 Prime and paint lure, several options exist-AC Moore has Cracker Barrel latex paints available inexpensively and these can be used with a small brush. This is a good choice if the lures are to be made by children. Alternately the lure can be be painted with spray paint available from any hardware store. Bin primer is a good choice to prep the lure for paint. Follow all precautions with use of these items.  
Step #6 After the lure is painted we recommend you spray with a minimum of two coats of Clear spray paint or brush with Spar Varnish to protect the paint from rocks and sharp fish teeth. Allow to dry fully before handling.  
Step #7 Using 5 minute epoxy, Glue eyes in the recessed areas on the side of the lure at this time. Allow to dry fully before handling.  




Step #8 Insert small 3/16" nose grommet into the front of the lure.  
Step #9 Insert through wire into front of lure through the nose grommet until you see the wire just inside the belly hook hole.  
Step #10 Take 150 lb swivel and insert into the belly hole while pushing the wire through the through-hole. The idea is to captivate the wire through the open end of the swivel inside the lure so just the bottom loop of the swivel is accessible on the bottom of the lure.  
Step #11 Push the wire all the way into the front of the lure so that the tag end of the wire is inside the nose grommet. The wire will extend out the back of the lure. Line up the nose loop up and down on the lure.  
Step #12 Install Large tail weight over the wire and insert into the rear of the lure.  
Step #13 Insert the post style tail grommet over the wire and insert into the rear of the previously installed weight.
Step #14 Wrap the wire into a loop on a pair of round nose pliers, or use a nail in a vise to bend the wire into a loop. Then wrap the wire around itself to tighten the through wire and "pre-stress" the wire inside the lure.

Step #15 Install 3/0 Treble belly and tail hooks using #5 split rings (Split rings and hooks not included in kit)  
These instructions detail very basic assembly/finishing techniques for this lure, more information and lure finishing tips can be found on the www.striped-bass.com lure forum or utilize the search feature on the forum.
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