Musky America Magazine January 2023 Edition

will only be sealing in moisture rather than keeping it out. If you live in a dry climate like that in Arizona or California, nature will do the work for you. If you are confined to a region where natural heat is at a premium in the winter, you will have to rely upon the "man-made" kind of heat. Don't get impatient. Remove the hooks and hang your lure up where it will enjoy the heat of the home. If you have forced air heating, you can hang it in close proximity to the heating vent. The trick is to let it get good and dry and that may take a month or two of constant exposure to moderate persistent heat. DO NOT try to force dry the lure with a hair dryer...let it dry exposed to the ambient air. Once the lure is dry, you are ready to apply the gun stock finish. This brings us to the second process trick. You must apply the finish in light and even coats. This is best accomplished using your index finger. Place a small amount of the liquid in the cap of the container. Dip the tip of your finger into the liquid in the cap and then apply a coat to the lure using your finger. DO NOT apply too much. A thin coating will do. Allow the coating to dry for a couple of days and then apply another coating. Do this as often as is required, usually 4 or 5 coats is enough.