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Flaptail Plugs

The flaptail plug can have a body 6 1/2 in. long and a diameter of l 1/8 in. The tail tapers to about 5/8 in., and the head is cut slightly at a slant on top.

This plug has a metal tail of the type and size shown below, cut out of sheet brass. To attach this tail to the plug, use a small metal bracket about 1 1/4 in. long and 1/4 in. wide. This can also be cut from sheet brass.

After it is cut out, it is bent about 3/8 of an inch from the end, after a hole has been drilled. A long brass wire nail is inserted in this hole.

Before you do this, however, add a small brass nut or washer next to the head of the long nail, to serve as a bearing. Then slip the metal tail on the nail and form an eye with pliers to hold the tail.

Next, drill two holes in the bracket and fasten it with two screws at the tail of the wooden plug body. The details showing how this part is made are found below.

To finish off this plug, add two treble hooks at the belly and a screw eye at the nose to which you tie the fishing line.

Metal Bracket And Flaptail

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