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I would like to know everyones take on living rubber. If you like it tell why and if you dont like it tell why. I personally like it I feel that it moves much better than silocone and when a bait is sitting still it still moves with the water movement.
 

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do tell guess I missed it. Whats the diferences what it feel like where can you get it, whats the difference
 

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microtek60 said:
I personally like it I feel that it moves much better than silocone and when a bait is sitting still it still moves with the water movement.
I have always liked it for the same reason.
 

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living rubber is round and flat and it can be bought on ebay for the old stuff that isnt made anymore. I just bought some off ebay about 30 feet of it in different colors. If you want some and cant find it go there and do a advanced search for luresva and he usually is selling a bunch of it. I got some of this flat orange that some guy had taken the time to take a permenant marker and make it look like firetiger. I put a couple skirts together last nite and let me tell you It was the best firetiger I have ever seen. By the way I also thought ho_shi was asian cause of the way he types. LOL
 

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that the hillbilly wyoming coming out. Sorry, I know that I dont always puncuate like I should. Also this keyboard on my Laptop does not always work right, sometimes you have to hit em hard to get certain keys to work, figured it was just being used to a desktop and not much use on a laptop

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I just got in about 300ft. of living rubber and still have not gotten all the colors that I ordered. If anyone is interested I can sell it to you in 2ft. sections for $1.25. I have orange, purple, and yellow as of now but will be getting red, chartreuse and blue by next week.
 

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Skiiny Bear jigs have been on the market for over 20 years and still the one best selling jigs out west, made with living rubber. Might to check out the construction technique. http;//www.skinnybearbassjigs.com/
Barlows tackle in Texas still sells living rubber. The best colors we use out west are ; purple, brown, black, red, green, blue and orange in that order. Combinations of brown and one other color listed are the top producers. Skinny Bears are wire wrapped to hold the living rubber securely.
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I saw today that barlow's is selling the round living rubber, infact I am looking at the catalog right now. They are selling it for a 1/4 lb 5.99 and for a 1lb. $20.00. I personally like the flat living rubber better than the round, but they are both better than silocone in my opinion.
 
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Isn't this the same stuff that used to come on spinnerbaits years ago? I think H&H spinnerbaits all came with this stuff. Initially I liked it until I started to see what happens to this stuff after a while. It starts to melt together and is quite nasty when it gets all gooey like melted rubberbands :)

So for that reason I like silicon better.
 

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Isn't this the same stuff that used to come on spinnerbaits years ago? I think H&H spinnerbaits all came with this stuff. Initially I liked it until I started to see what happens to this stuff after a while. It starts to melt together and is quite nasty when it gets all gooey like melted rubberbands :)

So for that reason I like silicon better.
Living rubber usually is supplied in a flat ribbon. You cut the ribbon about 4" long and pull both ends to separate the strands, which are about 1/32 diameter in the stranded form.
The flat rubber skirts that pre dated "living rubber" required talcum powder to keep them from sticking together. The vinyl Bass Trap skirts were also popular before silicone and in my opinion better action, however are solid colors, not transparent with multiple colors and flakes available with silicone. The main problem with the living rubber is attaching the strands to the jig because the rubber collars are difficult to expand over the ribbon or strands. Most living rubber jigs use wire wrap to hold the strands onto the jig, or a few strands are mixed with other shirt materials.
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Yep, that was what I was thinking about Tom. Those lousy rubber skirts that needed talc to keep them seperate which always would melt together on hot days. Those are the ones I don't like. Since I am not much of a jig fisherman I guess I have not used living rubber then. I see online that it is always solid colors like gaudy Orange and Yellow and Black and maybe Brown. So I guess using those means limiting the colors and I guess I like the natural scale pattern that Silicone rubber provides. I can see how the skirt would be more bouyant in the water with living rubber and thus more active and wiggly but the color choices just seems to limited for me.

Out of curiosity and perhaps ignorance to the process used to make these (Presumably from rubber trees) why do they not offer them in scale patterns and the variety of colors that silicone comes in?

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I have been using this stuff for a while now and it has never melted together on me. A good friend of mine also made spinnerbaits for 30 years and pretty much used only living rubber and never had any problems or complaints. Now I know in florida it gets pretty hot but it does in NC as well.
 

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Like vinyl skirts, living rubber has a small niche market because of the wide range of colors available with silicone skirt materials are more popular. The same thing is true with hair jigs. What sells is what catches fisherman the best, not necessarily fish. Contrast and profile is far more important than blending perfectly into the environment. Have you ever seen an albino sunfish? that is because it can't hide!
FLMB are better sight oriented predators than NLMB and tend to look a lure over longer before striking it, unless you do not give them too much time. Bass must detect the lure to eat it, feel it moving through the water, see it and strike it. use natural colors, but not so blending into the back ground that something doesn't catch the basses senses to locate the lure. The solid color skirt materials work good, they are just too plain to sell well when compared to other materials offered today.
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Tom,

You are exactly
oldschool said:
Like vinyl skirts, living rubber has a small niche market because of the wide range of colors available with silicone skirt materials are more popular. The same thing is true with hair jigs. What sells is what catches fisherman the best, not necessarily fish. Contrast and profile is far more important than blending perfectly into the environment. Have you ever seen an albino sunfish? that is because it can't hide!
FLMB are better sight oriented predators than NLMB and tend to look a lure over longer before striking it, unless you do not give them too much time. Bass must detect the lure to eat it, feel it moving through the water, see it and strike it. use natural colors, but not so blending into the back ground that something doesn't catch the basses senses to locate the lure. The solid color skirt materials work good, they are just too plain to sell well when compared to other materials offered today.
Tom
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Tom,
ALL of what you say is so true. I need to go catching with you.
 
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