GLC’S NEW EASY HUB SKIRT
(US PATENT #7,805,880)
A Revolutionary New Design to the Silicone Fishing Lure Skirt
GLC proudly introduces our new, patented easy on, easy off hub mounted lure skirt which consists of silicone skirt strands hand placed around a retainer hub. As a result of this unique hub mounted strand design, the strands project out from the hub at a 90 degree angle creating a perfect umbrella shape and a pulsating action like no other skirt on the market. This easy hub skirt is private labeled by Z-Man Fishing Products as the EZ Skirt™ and by Strike King as the Perfect Skirt™. This new, great-looking skirt is sure to revolutionize the fishing world with its quick-fitting collar to become the new industry standard. This amazing skirt fits quickly and easily onto your favorite spinner-bait or jig head to keep you fishing more and rigging less.
Our Easy Hub skirt is produced with seventy 2.5”, 18 mil, 50 shore top grade silicone strands, but can be custom produced in strand count from 45 to 162, lengths from 1.5” to 8”, strand thicknesses form 16 mil to 26 mil, and strand cut widths from 20 mil to 90 mil. Unlike the standard cut and rubber banded silicone skirt and the wrapped skirt, the easy hub skirt can be produced in an organized array of strand colors. A standard 70 strand easy hub skirt could be produced with 14 different colored strands strategically positions for effect. And with thousands of colors and print patterns of silicone sheets produced with our silicone sheet molding process and print shop, the styles and variety of finished easy hub skirt is endless. Unlike any other lure skirt on the market, our easy hub skirt can be custom assembled to match the coloration of any custom painted jig head. The 30 shore silicone molded hub provides a tight, secure fit to any jig head, yet allows for easy and quick replacement in about 5 seconds. The hub is typically produced in clear silicone, but can also be produced in over 10 different standard colors for the ultimate in color coordination. We are proud to announce that the new easy hub skirt has been exclusively adopted as the skirt system for several of the hottest lures on the market today including the Rad Lures/Z-Man new patented Original ChatterBaitTM and Strike King’s premium Kevin Van Dam spinner baits. This product is truly a revolution.
Our standard sized Easy Hub skirt comes in of 1 ½ to 2 inch micro and min versions for crappie and pan fish, 2 to 3 inch for the standard freshwater lures, and 4.5 to 10 inch Big Game versions for saltwater and larger freshwater game fish like Muskie. The skirt comes in a variety of colors and can be fitted with any custom combination of colors/patterns to coordinate with your own paint schemes. Imagine 70 strands of colors, precisely aligned in 5 strand increments and seamlessly blended into your back, belly, and line colors, to deliver the perfect "umbrella" profile for fishing. Imagine having the option of putting 14 different strand colors on a single skirt. Because our Easy Hub skirt is made from 100% silicone with no filler added, it will not sun fade or deteriorate and it will come back to shape, time and time again.
The Easy Hub skirt is the first truly new design innovation in the fishing lure skirt market in over 25 years. Introduced in 2005, the Easy Hub skirt has caught the industry by storm. In addition to being easily replaceable on virtually any wire bait or jig head design, it provides an unparalleled level of style, coloration flexibility, and constant pulsating action. With our Easy Hub skirt, the fisherman can change the color and style of any skirted lure in seconds, without time consuming lure changes or re-rigging. Thus, keeping a lure in the water where it should be. Just grasp the skirt by the flexible silicone collar, thread it onto the hook/head through the center hole in the collar and push it up snug over the lures’ skirt retainer hub. To remove and replace with a different color/style easy hub skirt, just grasp the skirt collar and pull it off. Do not pull on the silicone strands when replacing skirts, this may damage the strands. Our Easy Hub skirt and our entire line of EASY products also serve to eliminate the costly practice of having to purchase multiple lures just to acquire a variety of skirt, blade, and trailer styles and colors.
And now we introduce the freshwater Easy Hub skirt with our new patented (US PATENT #7,740,726) Holo-Sil holographic flash silicone skirt strands private branded by Z-Man as SilaFlashTM, available in over 100 holographic metallic foil colors. The new Holo-Sil Easy Hub Skirt combination provides yet another first in the freshwater tackle industry.
As a result of customer feedback, we now offer the Easy Hub skirt with a smaller 6 mm hub instead of the standard 10 mm hub. These new Easy Hub skirts work great on jigs where you don't want the skirt hub extending out beyond the back of the jig head. And they have a smaller umbrella profile which is preferred to jigs. For wire baits, the larger hub is still preferred because of its bulbous umbrella.
STANDARD 2.5" SEVENTY STRAND EASY HUB SKIRT
NEW 2.5" SEVENTY STRAND EASY HUB SKIRT WITH NEW LOW PROFILE HUB
AVAILABLE IN 45 STANDARD COLORS/STYLES & ENDLESS CUSTOM VARIATIONS
For a complete viewing of our standard EASY HUB SKIRT color/styles, please refer to our online catalog in the “GLC Fishing products” section of this website.
FEATURED ON INDUSTRY LEADING LURES
EASILY REPLACEABLE ON VIRTUALLY ANY LURE HUB DESIGN
NEW HOLO-SIL FRESHWATER EASY HUB SKIRT
HOLO-SIL HOLOGRAPHIC EASY HUB SKIRT
GLC’S NEW EASY HUB TRAILER SKIRT
(US PATENT #7,805,880)
The Finishing Touch to a Revolutionary New Design to the Silicone Fishing Lure Skirt
GLC proudly introduces our new, patented easy on, easy off lure skirt with integrated trailer strands which consists of silicone skirt strands hand placed around a retainer hub with additional strands hand place on the hub to create a lure trailer. As a result of this unique hub mounted strand design, the strands project out from the hub at a 90 degree angle creating a perfect umbrella shape like no other skirt on the market. This skirt is private labeled by Z-Man Fishing Products as the EZ Trailer™ and by Strike King as the Perfect Skirt™ with Magic Tails™. This unique trailer skirt is an expansion of our revolutionary easy on, easy off hub mounted skirt. It consists of either a 2 thick cut strand or 21 standard cut strand straight back trailer in combination with the 70 strand umbrella. It is offered as a one or two piece unit. The one piece unit takes a 70 strand Easy Hub skirt and adds a 3 to 4.5 inch 2 or 21 strand trailer. The two piece unit is a 3.5 inch 2 or 21 strand wrap skirt constructed without the usual center tube or hub, and with our innovative top cap that fits snugly behind any of our 70 strand Easy Hub skirts. It allows the fisherman to covert any of our Easy Hub skirts into a Easy Hub Trailer skirt and to change trailer colors at will. The one piece trailer can be custom produced with up to 14 different colored strands on the umbrella and up to 3 different colors on the trailer strands. The add-on hub trailer for the two piece unit can be custom produced in up to 3 different strand colors. And with thousands of colors of silicone sheets produced in our silicone sheet molding process, the styles and variety of our finished Easy Hub Trailer skirt is endless. Unlike any other lure skirt on the market, our Easy Hub Trailer skirt can be custom assembled to match the coloration of any custom painted jig head. The silicone molded hub provides a tight, secure fit to any jig head, yet allows for easy replacement. The hub can also be produced in clear or several different standard colors for the ultimate in color coordination.
STANDARD EASY HUB TRAILER SKIRT
EASY HUB SKIRT w/ SHAPED TRAILER STRANDS
GLC proudly introduces the patented Easy Hub Skirt with Live Bait Image and Custom Action Shaped Trailer Strands. For years, anglers have been adding relatively stiff "soft plastic" or PlastiSol fish prey images and action tails as trailers to their skirted lures to create a fish attracting appearance. GLC has now created a silicone lure skirt that incorporates these images and shapes into the skirt, thus creating an irresistible, fish attracting appearance, profile, and action. The advantages are clear. You can now get the age-old commonly used appearance of a "skirted chunk/trailer" without having to purchase soft plastics that have little action and limited durability. We have integrated the appearance of the skirted chunk into the functionality of our easy on/easy off skirting design. When used on our patented easy on/easy off Easy Hub Skirt it is now easier than ever (and less expensive) to add and interchange fish prey images and action tails to any jig or wire bait. Lastly and most importantly, the custom shaped silicone trailer strands incorporated into our skirts are extremely breathable and provide an exceptionally dynamic pulsation and action. And because we use low durometer "Super Soft" silicone, our Action Trailers have a buoyancy much greater than standard silicone or soft plastics. The visual images of natural game fish prey combined with their pulsating action invoke aggressive reaction strikes. We also offer these skirts in textured silicone. These heavy textured strand skirts provide fullness and body much like the traditional soft plastic chunk. Only they are more flexible and breathable, and when combined with our swirl (Living Image) coloration, they create an exceptional prey-like appearance.
EASY HUB SKIRT w/ "PAWS"TRAILERS:
EASY HUB SKIRT w/ MOLDED PADDLE TAIL TRAILERS:
EASY HUB SKIRT w/ CURLY TAIL TRAILERS:
TEXTURED EASY HUB SKIRT w/ CLAW TRAILERS:
EASY HUB SKIRT w/ CLAW TRAILERS:
EASY HUB TRAILER ADD-ON UNIT
NEW SHORTIE SERIES (2”) EASY HUB SKIRT
The new Shortie Series Easy Hub Skirt is a slightly smaller version of the original Easy Hub Skirt. It is produced with seventy 2”, 14 mil, 50 shore pure silicone strands. Like its bigger brother, the Shortie Series Easy Hub Skirt can be produced with 14 different colored strands. The new Shortie Series Easy Hub Skirt is available with or without a 21 strand trailer.
BIG GAME EASY HUB SKIRT
The patented Big Game Easy Hub Skirt is produced with forty five 6”, 35 mil, 50 shore pure silicone strands. Like the standard Easy Hub Skirt, this version can also be produced in an array of strand colors. The Muskie Easy Hub Skirt was designed with the Muskie and large freshwater and saltwater game fish fisherman in mind. A standard 56 strand Crappie Easy Hub Skirt could be produced with 10 different colored strands. And with thousands of colors of silicone sheets produced with our silicone sheet molding process and print shop, the styles and variety of finished Muskie Easy Hub Skirt is endless. Unlike any other lure skirt on the market, the Easy Hub Skirt can be custom assembled to match the coloration of any custom painted jig head. The 30 shore silicone molded hub provides a tight, secure fit to any of the larger spinner bait and jig heads and also fits our variety of 20g to 350g custom saltwater teaser heads. The hub can be produced in clear silicone or several standard colors for the ultimate in color coordination.
BIG GAME HOLOGRPHIC FLASH EASY HUB SKIRT
EASY HUB SKIRT PRODUCTION
Our patented Easy Hub Skirt production is a complex and labor-intensive process requiring highly skilled and talented workers. The process includes the following steps. We start with the finest materials – Dow Corning silicone, pigment, glitter and foils. Silicone pigments and glitter additives at precisely measured and mixed in our color lab. Then they are immersed in the raw 50 to 70 shore silicone through our 3 roll mill compounding process. After compounding, the pigmented silicone is extruded into strips and placed into various size and thickness molds and cured under controlled heat and pressure utilizing our 4 post, 200 ton presses to form sheets. If necessary, these sheets are chromed utilizing Z-Man’s patented foiling process. The sheets are then cut into 3 to 5 strand tabs in various lengths and widths depending on the Easy Hub Skirt product being produced. In parallel, we compound 30 shore liquid silicone in various colors and use this silicone for injection molding the Easy Hub Skirt hubs. Once the hubs and tabs are completed they are sent to the Easy Hub Skirt assembly line for final assembly. We run 2 assembly lines, with 62 workers per line. The tabs are hand placed around the inner hub, the outer hub is compressed on and heat cured to fuse the hub and tabs together permanently.
EASY HUB SKIRT PACKING
One of the age old problems for lure manufacturers that purchase and store large quantities of silicone skirts for their lure assembly process is the tendency of silicone strands to kink and take a set when stored in bulk for long periods of time. To help solve this problem, we have developed a packing technique for our Easy Hub Skirt whereby we string 50 skirts onto a plastic rod and insert them into a cellophane tube. By using this packing process, our skirts can be stored for long periods of time and come out looking factory fresh.
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