What started out
as a simple task has turned into a major endeavor.
My goal was to produce a couple of hardwood, custom cedar plugs
to use on my fishing trips.
The result was very successful and I posted a couple of photos
on the web...
Here are the first couple of rough efforts.
(even these protoypes
I now have produced
over 265 of them to date.
Each week the emails and PayPals keep coming in.
The process has improved and the quality is much better with the
I start with a 4 ounce egg sinker and use a lathe to turn a tenon
on one end.
I use 3/4" square x 5" pieces of exotic hardwood, drill
to fit the leadhead above
and then drill through the length to accommodate the line and
Here are the exotic wood blanks which also have a tenon on one
I value advice I get from people on the web.
My cedar plug post led to the suggestion of these brass parts
used in welding hoses.
My first solution was to use brass tubing from pen making and
it was awful.
These parts are used as end caps to protect the wood from the
hooks after rigging the plugs.
these parts with epoxy glue I get this rough cedar plug.
After turing on my lathe it becomes a cedar plug that just needs
finish and rigging.
The finished plugs look like this.
Each batch of plugs
looks a bit different due to different
pieces of wood used in the production.
Time and UV light
also alter the wood's appearance, it ages like wine!
Some orders are
large and others concentrate on one wood like purpleheart or bocote.
They come rigged
Several folks have
ordered daisy chains with 3 - 4" plugs in line with a 6"
This order of two daisy chains and six 6" plugs was later
"rigged" ready for use.
The pleasantly odd thing is that some of the people buying my
to mount them as "art" for their fishing collections.
Here are some collectors plugs made from more unusal exotic woods
They are not your
grandfather's cedar plugs!
They catch fish!
On a recent 2 day
fishing trip we hooked and released 70 fish on my cedar plugs
- we kept a few like this nice 20#+ yellowtail
Email me if you
have any questions