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    Default Making you own devon mounts

    Hi All

    Just bought some stuff for making my own devon mounts ( from McHardys of Carlisle) including some of their soft stainless mount wire

    Any tips / tricks ?

    or any SBS's out there ?

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    Yes. Send the bits back and get a credit. All you need are some tulip beads and treble hooks. Mount the Devon direct onto the leader material, they spin better. Sorry if that was not what you wanted to hear.
    Last edited by Deveron; 21-01-2011 at 12:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piker View Post
    Hi All

    Just bought some stuff for making my own devon mounts ( from McHardys of Carlisle) including some of their soft stainless mount wire

    Any tips / tricks ?

    or any SBS's out there ?

    You have a PM.

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    theres always agood mac wen you need one ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by piker View Post
    Hi All

    Just bought some stuff for making my own devon mounts ( from McHardys of Carlisle) including some of their soft stainless mount wire

    Any tips / tricks ?

    or any SBS's out there ?
    Hi Piker,

    I used to use plastic covered stainless steel wire and crimps. Carefully measure the length of wire you need from the treble connection to the point to the inner eye of the swivel (hidden in the body of the devon - allowing for the tulip bead as well) - with the outer eye just protruding outside of the devon mouth. Do take care getting this measurement right or you will waste a lot of material - this measurement will vary of course depending on the size of devon and tulip bead in question. When I had the measurement right I would double the wire over so the loose ends almost touched and secure them with 2/3 crimps (coarse or sea which ever is cheapest). Nothing will shift that mount and it worked out quite cheap and was slim enough in diameter to allow the devon to spin freely.

    PS - remember to slide down the tulip bead into place before crimping!!

    If you are using thick single strand wire you can use a flyinc C wire forming tool to form loops connecetd to the treble and the swivel - again measure twice, cut once!! Ball bearing swivels are always better - try Yorkshire Game Angling (also for anti kink vanes/or Mc Hardy's).

    Whilst the devon seems to have become a forgotten art and is a nice method of combing the water, I have found the Tadpole (half devon/half flying C) a more versatile and killing lure. Spintec sell the best quality imho. They can be cast upstream like a flying C and downstream like a devon - or use paternoster style with a bouncing bomb to real comb the bottom layers. And, when I returned to the 'dark side a bit last year putting my fly rod aside in higher water, they brought me a few fish when everything else was failing.

    Hope this helps.

    Mick
    Last edited by Mickfish; 21-01-2011 at 01:50 PM.

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    Default thanks for the feedback !

    A variety of feedback there

    I'm going to give it a crack and see what happens, i've not broken the bank anyway !

    Got some of their swist wire as well as some of theitr black nylon coates steel that is designed for you to mealt over the twists

    Mick - i actually have some of those tadpoles from years ago ( which i bought on a whim ). Do they actually work "!?!??!

    i think i still have them in the depths of the garage !

    thanks for the feedback guys...

    Regards

    James

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    There is a step by step guide on on the internet which someone put on several years ago and is how I've been making mine for the past 50 years. It shows exactly what bits and pieces you need and the tools required.

    One piece of critical advice when selecting swivels. Always check the ID of the hole through the devon minnow. Nowadays the ID standard is 4mm, but it varies a lot with older devon minnows. The traditional swivel to use has always been a diamond eye rolling swivel and a size 8 with 65lbs test is what I've always used.

    If you want to make a lot, I have details of a specialist in London who sells spools of stainless steel wire in a variety of diameters at a very competative price........much cheaper than tackle shops and who gives an excellent quick service.

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    Default Tadpoles

    Quote Originally Posted by piker View Post
    A variety of feedback there

    Mick - i actually have some of those tadpoles from years ago ( which i bought on a whim ). Do they actually work "!?!??!

    iJames
    By God they do - but cast around the clock and at varying depths (use the floaters for paternostering) to get the best out of them. They are also good hookers BUT I'm going to use single circle hooks (de-barbed) when I spin in future).

    Mick
    Last edited by Mickfish; 21-01-2011 at 02:08 PM.

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    As Mick says, cutting the wire to the correct length is critical and we've devised a chart which tells us what length of wire is required for each length of devon minnow. Our formula is twice the length of the minnow plus 2.5" and it's essential to check the precise length of the minnow as many older ones come up a bit short, ie 3" minnows measuring 2 7/8".

    The only tools we use are some wire cutters, long nose pliers, a 2" paper clip and a 6" metal ruler.

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    I used to turn all my own Devon minnows and a Fife friend gave me the contraption below to make up the wire mounts. It uses the front end of a (broken) electric drill and the measurements were marked out for 1", 2" etc. Handy bit of kit and easily made.

    Nowadays I prefer to use WD40 red tubes as per my photo below. No wire to worry about
    Mike

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