Sunday, March 18, 2018

More Tail Spinners

I've always had reasonable success with brown-colored baits for smallmouth bass, so I tied the tail spinners pictured below.  Each weighs 1/4 of an ounce and has a #1 bronze hook.  Their red eyes are made with fabric paint.  A bulky brownish chenille yarn covers the hook shanks.  'Root Beer'-colored flash is added to the jig bodies, just ahead of their golden #2 Colorado blades.

These are very fun to tie.  The swivel, split ring, and blade assembly is clipped onto the back of each jig and easily removed.  It can be replaced by a feathered or fur-covered treble or single hook.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Clear Water Tail Spinners

Created some black and white-colored fabric paint eyes for larger jigs, so I decided to paint and tie 1/4-oz. tail spinners.  Used a gray powder mix to paint the heads.  The bodies are tied with gray-colored chenille yarn.  Each jig has a bronze #1 hook.

I plan to fish them in rivers when or where the water is clear and longer casts are necessary to avoid spooking fish.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Chartreuse Jigs For Bass And Panfish

Made a nice craft fur find at a local fabric store recently which inspired me to do some tying.  The fur is a fluorescent chartreuse color that seems comparable, to me, to the old Targus Foxx Fur.  I purchased a half yard of it.  It is a valuable and treasured find indeed!  A swatch of it appears below.

Tied the four of these jigs on Friday and Saturday evening.  Those to the far right are tailspinners.  The one furthest right has a tandem of flicker (00) blades behind a three-way swivel.  Each jig head weighs about 1/8 of an ounce and has a number two hook.

Each jig has eyes made of fabric paint and the heads are coated with gloss glaze for protection.

Here's a nice article covering hair jig fishing with jigs like these:  Fishing with Hair Jigs in the Fall - FISH THIS PA

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Simple White Bass Jigs With Craft Fur

Tied the jigs pictured below with some great-looking pearlescent white craft fur purchased at a Burlington Store.  Included are two jigs that feature individual "clip" portions of jig spinners tied in to accommodate the attachment of a swivel and spinner blade at the end of their hook shanks.  The swivels aren't ordinary either.  I've used knurled screw clasps in place of crane swivels.  This gives me an option to quickly change their blades at home or in the field.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

After-Christmas Sales For Tying Materials

Keep your eyes open for bargains on tying materials from after-Christmas sales.  I found some fine tinsel to use as flashabou on small jigs and floral wire for tied-in weed guards.  A silver craft fur stocking will provide a lot of tail material for many crappie, trout, and bass jigs.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spinnerbait Modification

Replaced my spinnerbait's crane swivel with a knurled screw clasp.  The clasp will allow me to change blades by replacing the threaded barrel section with another having a different blade attached to its split ring.  This gives me a quick change option for switching blades.

Three different sizes of Colorado blades, in gold and silver colors, are pictured above.  I plan to powder paint several more of them with additional colors and to add a few willow leaf blades to my set.

Monday, December 25, 2017


  •  Eagle Claw 249WA-3/0 Weedless Hook
  •  Hammered-silver no. 3 Colorado blade, 2 split rings, and crane swivel
  •  Coats & Clark Trilobal Polyester Machine Embroidery Thread 40-wt. - electric green
  •  Caron Glimmer Chenille Yarn  - apple
  •  Loctite Super Glue Gel
  •  Bullet Weights Rubber Grip Sinker - 1/16 ounce
  •  Clear Nail Polish
  •  FeatherCraft FlyFishing 3/16" 3D Holo-Silver Eyes
  •  Hareline Dubbin, Inc. Baitfish Emulator Flash - fluorescent chartreuse
  •  Michaels Bright Wonder Beads - fluorescent yellow