Saturday, May 28, 2016

Safety Pin Spinners

Put together several spinnerbaits using the various components required to assemble jig spinners as well as tying up several 1/4-ounce jigs. I selected hammered #3 Colorado blades, split rings, and safety pin shafts.  Painted my jig heads with a pearlescent white powder, followed by a dip into a silver glitter and clear topcoat mixture.  Used Christmas tinsel again for bodies and skirts.

Currently, I have an older baitcasting reel that I'm 'souping up' to cast them with along the local river.  This isn't a popular style of spinnerbait, that I can tell, among bass fisherman.  However, I fully plan to do some field testing in order to make my own determination of its effectiveness.

Fun stuff! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

More Ties From Tinsel

I find it interesting that more jigs aren't tied with nothing but tinsel.  Would think that pike and trout would hammer them.  Here are a few more, some featuring multi-colored Christmas tinsel, tied in a variety of configurations.  I've added a safety pin spinner to several of them which might make them a bit more enticing.

I think that it's important to note that Uni Thread works exceptionally well for tying tinsel securely around a jig collar.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Flashy Jigs For White Bass

This jig style is one of the simplest that I can tie.  The jigs pictured below have an appearance similar to the spider jigs used for black bass fishing.  Their skirt material is plastic, rather than silicone, and very shiny.  These should be fished rather quickly with rapid twitches near the water's surface for schooling white bass.

  • Round head jigs in 1/16 and 1/8-ounce sizes with #4 sickle and #2 Aberdeen hooks, respectively
  • Rosey's Powder Paint - silver sand metallic
  • Rosey's Powder Paint Topcoat (Clear Coat High Gloss 100%) and red glitter mixture
  • UTC Ultra Thread (210 denier) - red
  • Icicles (18 inch) trimmed to size - silver

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Look Ma, No Thread!

Try using a zip tie to secure material around a jig collar some time.  The jig below has its leather tail tied in with thread.  However, the body material (Hay-Lites Buffalo Hay) is secured with a zip (often called cable) tie.  I got the idea from this fine article, Fishing Jig Making - Without Expensive Moulds?.

It worked fairly simply.  I kept the body material in place, temporarily, with a twist tie, the type you get with a loaf of bread.  Rubbed a little beeswax along the inside of the zip tie.  Once I wrapped and firmly secured the material with this zip tie, I simply removed the twist tie.  Clip the tag end off of the zip tie and you are ready to fish the jig.

See if this method won't work for you.

Lessons Learned

I would like to make a couple of points pertaining to jig head appearance.  First, when designing jig eyes with Tulip Fabric Paint, use their Slick product.  The eyes in the photo are made with a combination of Puffy and Slick paints.  When Puffy paint is used as the basis of the eye (not the pupil), it results in a thick eye that does not adhere well to the head.  Hence, it doesn't form around it very well, leaving gaps.  Always use Slick paint as your basis.  Puffy paint can be used for pupils in a pinch as long as you don't mind its thickness.

Secondly, be careful to keep your epoxy topcoat away from the jig eyelet (line tie).  Both jigs above required a poke with a hobby awl to open their eyelets that were coated with epoxy.  This resulted in damage to the finish atop the jig head.  Just something to think about if you worry about appearance.  Should this happen again, I believe I'll use a micro drill to clear the eyelet(s).

Well, I think I'll fish them anyway... :)

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Alpaca Ties

A few hair jigs tied with alpaca wool.  The wool is incredibly soft and fine with good length.  Hair fibers are hollow which make them buoyant.

There is chance that I'll be dying some of the white wool to create several different colors in the future.  So, stay tuned...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Beavertail Leeches

  • Wet-N-Wild Fantasy Makers Nail Polish - black/noir
  • Lion Brand Yarn 'Lion Suede' - ebony
  • Danville's Flat Waxed Nylon Thread (140 denier) - black
  • Caron Glimmer Yarn - black
  • Tulip Slick Designer Fabric Paints - black and fluorescent yellow
  • Tulip Glow Designer Fabric Paint - natural glow
  • Tulip Puffy Paint - silver
  • Devcon 2 Ton 30-Minute Epoxy
  • Lead Free Jigs Hooksup Jig - custom head weighing 1/11 of an ounce with a #2 hook
  • Tandy Leather Factory Suede Remnant- black
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish - clear