Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Jigs Intended for Smallmouth Bass

Here are a couple of jigs that I tied last night.  Used two types of material, Lash Max eyelash yarn and craft fur.  I hope to soak these along a river bottom over the holidays.


Jigs weigh 1/8 of an ounce and have #2 black nickel sickle hooks.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Scissors Sharpening - A Useful Article

Finally, I sharpened my favorite 10-year old cuticle scissors. This is a good method that worked without damaging them.

Proper Way to Sharpen Scissors

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It's Been A While

I hadn't done anything in the way of jig tying since last September.  'Twas good to get back into it, as I decided to put a bit of concentration and effort into painting jigs with glitter topcoats.  Here are two examples of my recent work.


And...just in time for Christmas, I decided to make festive holiday jigs that just might catch a bass (or two) if cast into the water. ;)  Anyway, here's a list of materials used to create these jigs.

Materials:

  • Sage/olive gray craft fur
  • Rosey's Powder Coating - olive gray 85% gloss
  • Orbit Powder Coating (clear) mixed with extra-fine red glitter
  • Danville Flymaster Plus Thread 140 denier - red
  • UTC Ultra Thread 140 denier - olive
  • Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Embroidery Thread - olive
  • Premier Yarns Merry Eyelash Yarn - red globes
  • Red and green-grizzly saddle hackles
  • Ball jigs weighing 1/8 of an ounce with #2 bronze hooks

Best wishes for the new year and have yourself a great holiday season.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fun On The Water

Been pretty busy since last weekend and I'm just now getting around to posting this. :-P

Went fishing with Brian Waldman of Big Indiana Bass on last Friday, September 12.  Had a great time fishing as we caught numerous white bass, black crappie, and a few largemouth bass.  I was introduced to Spoonplugging, a method/philosophy/technique of fishing developed by a North Carolina Physics Teacher named Buck Perry.  It involves some trolling along the structural contours of a lake.  Actually, quite a bit of it.  I admit that I was very impressed with our catching.  Brian, most certainly, is extremely well-versed in this technique.  I had a blast.

Here's a photo of me and a white bass that I brought to hand.  Caught him on a Spoonplug.  Yeah!


Did some casting for crappie as well.  Here's one that I boated.



Used a variety of chartreuse-colored craft fur jigs to land this fish and many others.  Something I've been learning about craft fur jigs is that they do not have to be pretty, tied uniformly, tapered, thin, thick, or follow any preconceived notion about their appearance.  They only need to be wet in order to be effective on crappie. ;-)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Brown Split-Tail Jigs For Brown Bass

Tied these with leather scraps, Sili Legs from FlyMasters, and chenille yarn from Hobby Lobby.


Heads weigh 1/8 of an ounce.  Hooks are light-wire bronze #2s.

Fun to make.  I am impressed with the chenille yarn which is 100% polyamide (nylon).  Its central thread doesn't fray or unwind.  Bought 131 yards of it for $4.19 + tax. :)  Do wish it wasn't discontinued. :(

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Darice Bungee Cord

An interesting product to use for hair-tailed jig bodies and trailers.



Jigs weigh 1/8 of an ounce and have #2 bronze Aberdeen or black nickel sickle hooks.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lionfish Jigs

Tied these with manes and tails in mind.  These are the kings of beasts, or at least my jigs... maybe.  Used Darice Bungee Cord for the bodies and finished the tails off with black craft fur.  The collars are wrapped with black schlappen feathers from Zucker Feather Products.